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Line Sick Day 94 Review

The Line Sick Day is a decent all-mountain ski that performs better when conditions are soft.
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Price:  $500 List | $349.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Forgiving
Cons:  Not very lively
Manufacturer:   Line Skis
By Andrew Pierce ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 13, 2018
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  • Stability at Speed - 20% 7
  • Carving - 20% 7
  • Crud - 20% 6
  • Powder - 20% 6
  • Playfulness - 15% 5
  • Bumps - 5% 6

Our Verdict

The Line Sick Day 94 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.

Graphics Update

A new retro graphic has been bestowed upon the Sick Day since our testing period. See the new topsheets in the photo above.

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Pros ForgivingFast, solid, consistent, large sweet spotHard charging, fun, easy to skiGreat all around ski, great pop, easy to swingLightweight, snappy, fun
Cons Not very livelyMinor chatterSlight chatter at high-end speedSometimes feels soft, skis shortSome chatter
Bottom Line The Line Sick Day is a decent all-mountain ski that performs better when conditions are soft.The new Mantra, now called the M5, is more user friendly than previous versions but is still a powerful and consistently fun ski.The Daemon is a hard charging ski that can be tamed.Fantastic all around ski that will for perform for skiers of all abilities.The Kore 93 is a solid all mountain ski at a reasonable price.
Rating Categories Line Sick Day 94 Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Head Kore 93
Stability At Speed (20%)
10
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7
10
0
9
10
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9
10
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8
10
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8
Carving (20%)
10
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7
10
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9
10
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9
10
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10
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8
Crud (20%)
10
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6
10
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10
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9
10
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8
10
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7
Powder (20%)
10
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6
10
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8
Playfulness (15%)
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5
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9
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9
Bumps (5%)
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Specs Line Sick Day 94 Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Head Kore 93
Intended Purpose All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain/Soft Snow All Mountain
Ability Level Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Beginner-Expert
Available Lengths 172, 179, 186 170,177,184,191 170, 177, 183, 188 164, 172, 180, 188 153,162,171,180,189
Waist Width 94 96 99 102 93
Radius 17.6m 21.2m 20m 14.5m, 16m, 17.5m, 19m 16.4m
Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Full rocker, reverse camber Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Weight Per Pair 3345 4252 5265 4126 3780
Core Material Aspenlite wood Beech, poplar Poplar wood Multi-layer wood Karuba wood
Tested length 186 184 183.6 188 189

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.

Performance Comparison


Have a sick day on your Sick Days after you call in to work for a sick day.
Have a sick day on your Sick Days after you call in to work for a sick day.

Stability at Speed


This is one category where Line improved the Line 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 M5 Mantra and the Black Crows Daemon.

Carving Performance


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

Late in the day groomer session on the Sick days
Late in the day groomer session on the Sick days

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.

Crud


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.

Crud problems on the Sick Days. Its a tough job...be we clearly still enjoy it
Crud problems on the Sick Days. Its a tough job...be we clearly still enjoy it

Powder


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.

Playfullness


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 in similar fashion to the Blizzard Bonafide, they lack a liveliness that we saw in skis like the Moment PB&J and the Blizzard Rustler 10.

3....2....1....lift off! Have a Sick Day!
3....2....1....lift off! Have a Sick Day!

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.

Bumps


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 Rossignol Experience 88 TI 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.

Living that bump life on the Sick Days.
Living that bump life on the Sick Days.

Best Applications


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.

Value


These skis are the cheapest pair we tested, checking in at $500. Not bad for a pair of skis that can manage the majority of the terrain that your mountain has to offer.

Conclusion


Somebody has to be last and when you're competing against the best in the world. 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