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
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.