Line Honey Bee 92 2020 – 2021 | Review

Lightweight, poppy, and playful, this ski's ideal if you're looking to add some buzz to your freestyle game

Why we chose the LINE Honey Bee: Lightweight, durable, fun

Lengths (cm): 144,155,166
Sidecut (mm): 120-92-116
Radius: 16.5 (average)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1499g
Price: £290


Back in 2017 LINE modified their Honey Badger model to create the Honey Bee, a women’s specific freestyle ski. Coming in shorter lengths, with a thinner profile, and a lighter wood core (and one of my favourite women’s top-sheet graphics), the Honey Bee is a lightweight but tough ski equipped to conquer the park and urban scene.

The Honey Bees are LINE pro skier Taylor Lundquist’s tools of her trade for international Streetstyle rail jams and urban film shoots. You can catch them in Jyosei, the first all-female urban ski film, and upcoming all-female ski movie Skivas. You couldn’t ask for a better testament to the Honey Bee’s combination of style and strength (watch the Honey Bees in action, between 06:35 and 09:45 here).

LINE Honey Bee Build

A highlight of the Honey Bee is its light weight – a slender 1.49kg per ski. This is a result of its 100% Aspen wood core. This minimal, no-fuss construction gives the ski a light, agile, and playful feel.

Designed with tricks, spins, and jumps in mind, reduced swing weight guarantees that nothing underfoot will weigh you down. Plus, nobody likes lugging around their bodyweight in skis during a hike session do they?

“Designed with tricks, spins, and jumps in mind”

The Honey Bee might be lightweight, but it’s definitely sturdy as well. No shock here since Taylor Lundquist practically destroys metal with these skis. The 4D Fibrecap construction – layering four directions of fibreglass over the core – increases resistance, without adding weight.

LINE’s trademark Fatty Base and Edge construction ensures ultimate durability: a 1.7mm thick base and 2.5mm high steel edges equip the Honey Bee to tackle anything: snow, plastic, metal, the odd bit of concrete. The Honey Bee certainly packs a punch / sting.

LINE Honey Bee Shaping

The Honey Bee’s sidecut combines 5 different turn radiuses, averaging 16.5m. Pros: a versatile ski that seamlessly weaves together whatever you throw at it – creative turns, butters, and jumps. Cons: the ski lacks the specificity required for high-performance carving. In short, the perfect ski for park days and jibbing, not so much for cutting precision turns on piste.

“A versatile ski that seamlessly weaves together whatever you throw at it”

Early Rise, aka rocker, in the tip and tail brings the Honey Bee’s main contact points directly underfoot, enhancing control and stability for park features – especially rails. Early Taper (a narrower sidecut width) in the tip and tail lightens the ski’s swingweight and prevents the Honey Bee’s extremities from snagging.

LINE also combined their Early Rise and Early Taper geometry with a classic mid-section camber to ensure the Honey Bee still hold an edge and can get the job done on trail.

Who Is The LINE Honey Bee For?

A lightweight, poppy, and playful ski, the Honey Bee is designed for women looking to add some buzz to their freestyle game.

The twin tip design, enhanced by symmetric flex to guarantee equal responsiveness to forwards and switch riding, will have you flying in all directions. At 92mm underfoot – slightly wider than its competitors (e.g. Armada ARW 86, Volkl Bash 86) – the Honey Bee offers a stable base for pipes and rails, and a larger ski surface for smooth, stylish, transitions.

The Honey Bee isn’t only for park pros. The 16.5m multi-radius and 92mm width underfoot give it enough versatility to handle light powder and variable terrain.

“The Honey Bee isn’t only for park pros”

The soft flex and lightness make it a great option for intermediate skiers looking for a fun and forgiving all-mountain ski.

Younger skiers or those on the smaller side will also appreciate that the Honey Bee doesn’t require much power to get a response.

Advanced skiers looking for an all-mountain ski should, however, steer clear of the Honey Bee. With a max ski length of only 166cm and a soft flex, the Honey Bee isn’t designed for hard charging lines or floating through knee-deep pow.

For high-performing skiers, creativity and freestyle is where the Honey Bee excels. Launch your Honey Bees on the park and the streets, and we’re sure you’ll create a pretty powerful buzz.

What Is The LINE Honey Bee Good At?

Versatility: 7/10

Freestyle: 8/10

Durability: 8/10

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