The Line Sick Day came in at the bottom of our long list of skis for the Men's All-Mountain category. That isn't to say that the Sick Day is not a great ski, but it does lack some of the characteristics that our top performers had. It skis a bit long, which helps it in some of our scoring metrics, but holds it back in others. Despite being last, this is still a sick all-mountain ski.
Line Sick Day 94 Review
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Cons: Not very lively
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Are they called Sick Day because they are the skis you should grab on a day you call into work sick, or because you're guaranteed to have a sick day on them at the resort? Either way, Line has made a ski that has the potential to be fun, given the right conditions. We tested the Line Sick Day in a 186cm, and it skied every bit as long as they sound. While they do have a slight early rise in the tip and tail, it is hardly noticeable, and the camber underfoot is more influential on the skis style.
The Sick Day lineup is revamped from its predecessor. The skis are now lighter weight but handle in a relatively similar manner to the Sick Days of old. Fans of the previous versions should be delighted at the upgrade.
Stability at Speed
This is one category where Line has improved the Sick Day 94. Their "Carbon Magic Fingers", which are thin strips of carbon fibered laid within the core of the ski, help dampen vibrations as you begin to pick up speed. The Sick Day 94 began to be overshadowed by the other skis regarding stability when snow conditions firmed up. The carbon fiber is only strong to a point, and though the ski is fairly damp, it just doesn't compare to the smooth rides of skis like the Volkl Mantra and the Black Crows Daemon.
Carving is another strong suit of the Line Sick Day and that is due partially to the reduced amount of tip taper compared to previous versions. That leads a greater effective edge and better edge hold. Like the Mantra, the Sick Day skis a bit long, and that led to our testers favoring long arcing turns on them
What the Sick Day lacked in this category compared to our top performers was energy. The ski seemed to lack the power and pop felt on other skis while carving, but remained very consistent, which was its saving grace.
The gem of all of our testing categories…crud. You either hate it, or you tolerate it. The Sick Day hated it. The "Thin Tip" technology was no match for our crud-loving testers. Although the skis occasionally felt damp, the consensus from our testers was that the Sick Day wasn't up to the challenge they put them through. Like the Icelantic Pioneer 96, the Sick Day rarely seemed to absorb the vibrations from the chunder, and the tips were easily deflected, just like the DPS Foundation Cassiar 95.
Although there wasn't many to be had, we were sure to test these skis whenever Mother Nature delivered a sick pow day. The Line Sick Day performed just below average in the soft stuff. This ski just didn't feel lively in fresh snow. It did have a similar amount of float to the Icelantic Pioneer 96, but lacked that fun surfy feel of the Rossignol Soul 7 HD. Even though they are lighter than last years version, our testers agreed it was a bit hard to maneuver quickly. Once again, the ski felt longer than our testers had imagined and felt a bit unwieldy in the pow.
Playfulness is a characteristic we've come to expect from the Line brand of skis. The Sick Day aren't what we would call "dead", but they lack a liveliness that we saw in skis like the Moment PB&J and the Blizzard Rustler 10.
Landings on the Line Sick Day were generally soft, but they lacked the pop our testers desired when hitting a jump line or boosting a side hit. Also, although they reduced the weight of the Sick Day line, they still seem heavy in the air. Although it scored low, you can still make your own fun on this ski.
As you've seen in other categories, the Line Sick Day feels longer than the 185cm we tested it in. Long skis that feel a bit heavy and hard to maneuver don't often make good bump skis, but people used to ski 200cm straight skis and still zipper bump lines, so it's not impossible.
Our testers likened the Sick Day to a slightly slower Mantra without the benefit of full rocker in the bumps. If all you do is ski 1,500ft mogul runs all day, you might want to look elsewhere for your everyday all-mountain ski.
The Line Sick Day is best suited for consistent, smooth, and soft snow surfaces. When variable snow is added into the mix, it's performance starts to wain.
These skies are our second cheapest pair, checking in at $625. Not bad for a pair of skis that can manage the majority of the terrain that your mountain has to offer.
Somebody has to be last and when you're competing against the best in the world, it's best not to beat yourself. The Line Sick Day is still sick and it was beaten by some incredible skis. If you're a Line fan and love the way they ski, we bet you'll love how the Sick Day handles.
— Andrew Pierce