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Line Blade All-Mountain Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

The Line blend offers an unconventional all-mountain shape for maximum rippage across the resort

Why we chose the Line Blade: Unique, powerful, snappy 

Lengths (cm): 169, 176 & 181
Sidecut (mm): 154 / 95 / 124 (176 cm)
Radius: Tight
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,050g
Price: £640 / €715 / $750

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The Line Blade is unlike many skis we’ve tested before. Its 154 millimetre shovel, super tight turn radius and powerful metal laminate make it a hallmark ski for cutting clean lines across the mountain. Line’s aim when designing this ski was to put fun and playfulness back into resort skiing, and we can confirm that they’ve hit the nail slap bang on the head.

Line Blade Shaping

The distinctive shape of the Line Blade is obviously going to be the first thing we talk about. Take one quick look at these skis and you’ll notice the hilariously wide shovels. These 154 mm shovels would be something you’re more used to seeing on a 120 mm waisted powder ski, let alone a 95 mm ‘carver’.

Looking down from the shovels, Line has created the Blend with a very traditional tail and midsection. The tail is considerably narrower than the tips (that’s not hard, really). This narrow tail means the rear of the skis will sink in soft snow, letting you lean into – and turn off – the wide shovels.

“Take one quick look at these skis and you’ll notice the hilariously wide shovels”

This extremely progressive shaping profile results in a sidecut that loves to be tipped onto an edge to create extremely short, snappy turns. Line hasn’t actually published the turn radius of the Blade, but we’ll just say it’s super tight – kind of like a pair of slalom-specific skis. Although exact radii aren’t published, Line makes it clear that the Blades are packing their ‘5-Cut’ which is essentially an elliptical sidecut that varies in length from underfoot to the tips and tails. This results in extremely easy turn initiation at slow speeds, and stability at high speeds.

Roll these skis onto an edge and they’ll instantly shoot you across the fall-line like a torpedo. We actually found this pretty surprising when we were first testing the Blades, and it took us a run or two (we’d just got off a pair of looser freeride skis) to understand the unique turn these skis like to cut.

Once we’d got our heads around this, we were constantly on edge laying trenches around the resort and, if we needed to quickly pull up with a speed check, the rockered tails would release from a turn at will.

Line Blade Build

To complement the ‘unorthodox’ shape Line has conjured up, the Blade features a metal build that brings stiffness where required. This ‘Gas Pedal Metal’ layup is made up of two independent titanal pieces that both run the full width of the ski. These titanal pieces have been hollowed out towards the centre to save on weight.

Sitting below the titanal layers is a dense Aspen wood core. This wood core, combined with the powerful titanal layer, gives the Blades fantastic dampening qualities for cutting through all kinds of horror snow you’ll come across on the last lap of the day.

Who Is The Line Blade For?

The Line Blades are a totally unique pair of skis that are able to cover a surprising amount of terrain in resort. They thrive in slicing clean carves on fresh cord, but will happily pop off the piste to slash some powder. We were left seriously impressed by the fun factor offered by these all-mountain skis.

What Is The Line Blade Good At?

Versatility: 8/10
Carving: 9/10
Soft Snow: 7/10

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