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Line Sakana All-Mountain Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

Line has created another all-mountain ski that puts the fun back into resort ripping

Why we chose the Line Sakana: Playful, versatile, lightweight 

Lengths (cm): 166, 174 & 181
Sidecut (mm): 150 / 105 / 138 (174 cm)
Radius: 15m (174 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,770g
Price: £690 / €750 / $750 

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If you tried to merge surfboard and snowboard tech into a pair of skis, you’d probably come out with something looking like the quirky Line Sakana. These all-mountain skis feature a super-fat tip shape that quickly tapers down to a swallow tail to create a ski that’s an absolute blast to rip around the resort, both on and off the piste.

Line Sakana Shaping

Similar to our Line Blade review, we have to talk about the one of a kind shaping found on the Sakana. They feature a crazy wide 150 mm tip, 105 mm waist and 138 mm swallow tail. The paddle-like tips feature a touch of taper whereas the tails are sporting a totally squared off design.

This gives you a snappy 15 metre turn radius that’s comfortable creating short, cleanly carved turns. Line has made use of an elliptical turn radius for a versatility at different speeds. Elliptical radii results in a longer radius towards the tips and tails – for stability at speed – while a shorter radius underfoot gives easy turn initiation at slower speeds.

The swallowtail has been shaped with powder skiing in mind. It works the same as modern snowboard and surfboard design; by forcing the tails of the skis to sink into the snow. This results in the tips popping out of the snow giving you the ability to ski with a more aggressive stance without having to worry about tip dive.

While the shape helps with soft snow manoeuvrability, the squared off tail gives the Sakana maximum effective edge all the way to the end of the ski. This full use of the edge towards the tails will help with grip and power on firm snow, resulting in a ski that carves like no other 105 mm ski we’ve been on.

The 105 mm platform gives the Sakanas a good all-round surface area to take on a range of conditions while standard rocker in the tips, and very little in the tail (this lack of rocker in the tail is to compliment the unique tail design), has been designed to keep the skis tracking well in a range of conditions.

Line Sakana Build

Keeping the lively theme going is a lightweight and energetic carbon flax tape build. This build makes use of flax taping to offset the highly responsive, and sometimes deflective, properties of an overly-lightweight carbon layer. A ‘Partly Cloudy Core’ sits beneath the carbon flax tape. This Paulownia and Maple core is essentially the same core found on touring-specific Line Vision 108.

Similar to the Visions, Line has shaved off a hundred or so grams off the skis by using thinner material towards the tips. When you combine this with the swallow tail design, you’re left with a ski that’s carrying an extremely low swing weight.

Who Is The Line Sakana For?

Line has, once again, put the fun back in resort ripping. The Sakana offers an extremely playful shape that favours cleanly carved turns on piste while offering bucket loads of flotation when you decide to throw them off the groomers.

While the shape isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste, we’d urge everyone to get a bit of time on the Sakanas and let these distinctive skis speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a more powerful, and resort focused, build then check out the similarly crackers Line Blade.

What Is The Line Sakana Good At?

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

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