2016-2017 Line Sick Day 110

Dana Allen reviews the Line Sick Day 110 for Blister Gear Review

Line Sick Day 110

Ski: 2016-2017 Line Sick Day 110, 186cm

Available Lengths: 172, 179, 186 cm

Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull): 182.3cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2100 & 2101 g

Stated Dimensions (mm): 142-110-125

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 141-109-124 mm

Sidecut Radius: 18 meters

Core Construction: Maple/Aspen + Fiberglass Laminate

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 69 mm / 27 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2-3 mm

Mount Location: factory recommended line: – 9.65 from center; ~81.5cm  from tail

Boots / Bindings: Lange Super Banshee / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)

Test Location: Canterbury Club Fields, Christchurch, New Zealand

Days Skied: 4

[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 13/14 Sick Day 110, which was not changed for 14/15, 15/16, or 16/17, except for the graphics.]

“Lighter, quicker, funner.” This is how Line describes the new Sick Day 110, and their stated aim is to “combine all of your favorite freeride skis in one.” They also emphasize the Sick Day’s “light & nimble intuitive feel that goes from powder to packed & back” with no problem, and will be at home in the backcountry and in-bounds.

In case you couldn’t tell, Line is going for everything here, and we’re squarely in One-Ski Quiver territory.

And I do think that the Sick Day 110 could very easily become a daily driver for many skiers. It’s a ski that is very easy to click into and make work in most conditions from the word go.

Flex Pattern

The Sick Day 110s have a soft / medium flex from the tips through the shovels, then stiffen underfoot and tail. Overall, I’d call them a bit softer than the Moment Deathwish and a bit stiffer than the Rossignol Soul 7. Call it a medium to medium-soft flex, with the tip earning a soft rating.

Weight

Line emphasizes how light these skis are, and at ~2100 grams, these certainly aren’t beasts, though the comparable 188cm Rossignol Soul 7 comes in about 100 grams lighter per ski.

Still, the Sick Day 110s do feel light. Line uses a variety of construction techniques to save weight, like their “Capwall” construction that combines cap construction at the tip and tail, with slant sidewall construction underfoot to increase stiffness.

The Sick Day also features what Line is calling “ThinTip” construction. Instead of a full ski-length maple core, the tip and tail use a thinner aspen laminate that reduces swing weight and is supposed to provide a good bit of pop.

Carving Big Turns

The first day I spent on these skis featured good conditions to lay out big turns. The snow at Craigieburn Valley club field was spring-like corn with some deeper slush, while areas below cliffs had pockets of large pinwheels breaking up the consistency of the snow.

Despite my initial concerns about the softness of the tips, the Sick Day 110 performed well at speed. The skis initiated turns easily, stayed stable through the apex, and released from turns cleanly and consistently. When encountering crud, the tips proved surprisingly capable and didn’t deflect easily, allowing me to sink into the deepest part of the turn.

For comparison, the Moment Deathwish (another ~110mm underfoot ski) has a tendency to ‘break’ at the end of a turn, sometimes releasing from the arc unpredictably. I didn’t notice that same tendency with the Sick Day, thanks to its flatter, relatively stiff tails.

Crud

There were times when the crud got a bit rougher that I did occasionally get thrown off course, though if I took a less neutral stance and drove the shovels harder, the ride would smooth out and the tips didn’t feel overwhelmed.

But while this is generally a set-it-and-forget-it type ski, this is probably least true in crud. That should come as no surprise, and a heavier, stiffer ski will be better suited to bash through choppy conditions. (The 184cm Moment Bibby Pro and the 184cm Moment Deathwish are decidedly better for these conditions, with the Bibby Pro being the best in crud.)

Still, the Sick Day 110 does a good, though not great, job of dealing with choppier conditions.

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Dana on the Line Sick Day 110, Taylor Mountains, with Mt Hutt Helicopters

Shorter Turns

On a day at Broken River club field we were skiing similar conditions, but snow was moving in and visibility was reduced to about 50 feet for most of the day. So big turns were pretty much out of the picture, and short, tight radius turns were in.

We were skiing with Brett and Duane from Black Diamond Safaris, which made the day since we otherwise would have had absolutely no clue where to go in the low visibility. They had laid out an itinerary that featured short, steep couloirs, and the Sick Day’s low weight and sidecut were real assets here—it was easy to jump turn on them, or just lean back and pivot on the tails, whipping the tips around.

The Sick Days also felt very solid underfoot and never wavered when planting an edge after a jump turn, and the tip and tail rocker made getting into and out of those jump turns very easy.

I like a ski that will turn quickly. I spend a lot of time in the gladed tree runs of Vermont, and I’d spent a lot of time in the tight, technical terrain of Crested Butte before that. The Sick Day 110 is much quicker than my fatter 184 Moment Bibby Pros, and almost as quick to turn as the lighter, 188cm Rossignol Soul 7.

Bumps

The New Zealand club fields don’t have many moguls, so I haven’t yet skied the Sick Day 110 in true bumps. I did find some small sections of mini-moguls, and the 110s handled pretty much as I expected: they were easy to pivot, yet they still would hold a proper edge until it was time to whip the tips around again.

About that “Funner”…

The Sick Day 110 is pretty fun. It’s a really playful ski, and pressing into the tails to ollie rollers or popping them out of the gut of a turn is easily done. Getting them in the air is also really easy, and once they were flying, they didn’t feel planky.

The terrain I ski a lot has a ton of small features, and I spend a good deal of time popping off stuff and turning my skis in the air between trees.

Deep Snow

I didn’t get the Sick Day 110 into deep powder, but I suspect  that the Sick Day 110 will be a good ski for an area that receives occasional deep snow dumps.

And I definitely think the Sick Day will be a good East Coast powder and tree ski, where small radius turns are the norm. If you are living in a powder mecca, Line also makes the Sick Day in a 125mm-underfoot version that we’ll hope to review when the snow piles up.

Hardpack / Edgehold

When skiing on smooth, hardpack down open bowls, the Sick Day 110s would roll up on edge with very little input, and would then hold an edge well thanks to the stiffness underfoot and through the tail, and the relatively subtle tail splay (25.4mm). I experienced very little tail washout, and the skis were less inclined to smear turns than the Rossi Soul 7 and the Moment Deathwish. The Sick Day isn’t what I would call a smeary ski, but you can still easily break the tips and tails loose for a quick pivot when necessary.

Line Sick Day 110 vs. Moment Deathwish

The Sick Day enters a segment of the ski market that’s pretty well populated: skis that are around 110mm at the waist, feature some amount of tip and tail rocker, have a bit of camber underfoot, and are light enough to tour on.

Interestingly, I found the Sick Day 110 to feel light compared to the 184cm Moment Deathwish, despite their minimal weight difference. The swing weight feels lighter, while the Deathwish feels more substantial (dampens out the ride more) than the Sick Day, allowing it to charge through crud better.

I ski a lot of East Coast pow days on the Deathwish, which means powder for a couple of hours and then choppy crud on top of granite-hard moguls, usually in tight trees. There are tons of small terrain features in those Eastern trees, and I’ve found the Deathwish to be a bump-popping, edge-setting dream there. As I noted above, the Sick Day 110 will likely handle such conditions well, too, but I’m not sure that I’ll be willing to push them as fast as the Deathwish, nor would I expect them to correct for as much user error as the Deathwish.

Line Sick Day 110 vs. Rossignol Soul 7

While the Sick Day 110 and Soul 7 occupy similar resort / backcountry-touring freeride niches, they are different skis. I found the Soul 7 to be more of a smeary, buttery soft snow ski, and the Sick Day to be the more directional ski that likes to arc fast turns. They both have similar sidecut radii (Soul 7 = 17 meter; Sick Day = 18 meter) and weight-saving design features, but the Soul 7 is softer in both the tip and tail than the Sick Day 110, while maintaining a more even flex pattern from tip to tail than the Sick Day.

Bottom Line

The Sick Day 110 performs well in consistent snow, and rewards an attentive driver in a centered, neutral position. It’s soft shovels, shorter sidecut radius, and light weight aren’t going to simply smooth out choppy snow conditions, but it is a ski that will turn easily when asked, and can play on terrain features. It’s not for those looking to go as fast as possible while making as few turns as possible, nor is it a pure jib ski for spinning and popping off of everything in sight. It’s a more turn-oriented, play-in-tighter-spaces, softer-conditions ski that can still handle a groomer or big turn just fine.

If you are looking for a ski to tour on, but one that can still handle hold its own in-bounds in most conditions, the Sick Day 110 deserves to be on your radar.

 

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68 Comments

  1. willie October 8, 2013 Reply

    Interesting that line ” one of the companies that started the freestyle revolution” seems to have switched gears and now pumps out mostly directional all mountain skis.

  2. Blister Member
    dennis October 9, 2013 Reply

    How does the Sick day compare to the SFB?

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      Dana Allen October 11, 2013 Reply

      Hi dennis,
      In my opinion, they’re pretty different skis. Without going too far into the review I will be writing on them, I will say that the SFB feels a lot less like a powder-oriented, soft-snow ski and more like a fat park ski. I did get a chance to ski them in some soft snow at Treble Cone, in windblown conditions (pockets of soft with ridges of scoured hardpack) and I think I would have preferred the Sick Day 110 in those conditions. Though their dimensions are fairly similar (SFB: 140-108-136, SD110: 142-110-125. Sidecut radii: SFB 184cm: 18m, SD110 186cm: 20m), their rocker profiles are a bit different primarily in the tails: the SD110 is almost flat (OK, 25.4mm of splay), and while I haven’t measured the SFB yet, it’s certainly more (see the rocker profile pics in our review of the SFB. Beyond that, the flex pattern is what really felt different to me – the SFB feels like a stiffer ski to me, while the soft flexing tip of the SD110 made it feel a bit ‘surfier.’ Line calls the SFB’s flex ‘Symmetric’ while the SD110 is ‘Directional’. I think that this is one of the bigger differences that I immediately noticed between the two. Hope this helps, and look for the SFB First Look coming out this fall, with a longer review sometime this winter.
      dana

  3. Patrick October 10, 2013 Reply

    Dana,

    Great review.
    How does it handle at speed? Do you see any tip chatter or squirleyness?

    -Patrick

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      Dana Allen October 11, 2013 Reply

      Hi Patrick,
      The SD110 handles well at speed, provided the conditions aren’t overly variable. I skied it at Mt. Hutt Heli down some big ole faces. Some of them started as consistent wind-affected soft-snow (not quite pow, but darn close in spots), that then turned to corn, basically, at the bottom. For the most part the slopes were consistent with no chop or variability of snow surface. However on occasion they would get a little chundery with pinwheels of snow and the like. In those conditions I did throttle back a little bit as the SD110 is light and is not a super-dampened, metaled-out ski. I also noted that skiing some harder, re-frozen snow, that had been chopped up a bit, the SD110 will bounce around a bit. The tip will flap a touch, but not to the point that they feel squirrely. This is, after all, a lightweight ski with no metal in it – re-frozen chop is not necessarily this skis forte.
      It is important to note that while the tip of the SD110 hand-flexes pretty soft, it skis stiffer than hand-flexing would indicate. Pressing into the shovels and getting forward on the skis never made me feel like I was overwhelming them.
      I am anxious to get them out this winter in some chopped up pow to see how they do. I think that will be a big test for them, and one that I didn’t get a chance to do in NZ.
      dana

  4. Mike October 14, 2013 Reply

    Hi Dana,
    many thanks for your review. I am currently looking for a new ski and considering SD110 as one possible option as a one quiver ski for usage on groomers (40%), pow, moguls, etc. (50%) and some touring (10%). I am 6’4 and 200lbs. Do you think the ski can handle my weight and expectations for a great one quiver ski or would you suggest another one? Many thanks for your thoughts.
    Best – Mike

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      Dana October 15, 2013 Reply

      Hi Mike,
      Good question, and a tough one in some ways. You say you’re looking for a 40% groomer ski, 50% pow/mogul ski, and only a bit of touring. This SD110 is light, so touring on this ski won’t be a chore. It’s reasonably stiff and holds an edge well, so I would anticipate that groomer skiing on the SD110 would be pretty decent. Not as stiff as some, surely, but in my experience it would hold an edge well and the nearly-flat tail made it finish turns cleanly and consistently. Keep in mind I didn’t ski it on any TRUE corduroy in NZ, but on the occasion that we skied consistent snow (corn, wind-blown even pow), the SD110 would stand up on edge and stay there. And despite the soft-ish hand-flex of the tip, I never felt I overwhelmed the shovels.
      As these skis are reasonably fat at 110 underfoot I think they’d ski pow pretty darn well. And in the proto-moguls that we did ski in NZ, these skis FELT light due in part to the reduce material in the tip and tail. So swinging them around in moguls is pretty easy.
      But will they handle your weight and height? I think they will. Due to their almost-flat tail, they don’t ski super-short like more aggressively rockered skis. And they are fairly stiff for a light ski with no metal or carbon stringers. That said if you like to ski very aggressively, i.e. pressing into the shovels constantly and really driving the ski, you may find that you could overwhelm them on groomers and you may experience some tip dive in pow. This is speculation only, as there are certainly stiffer skis out there and you may want to look at those.
      In my experience, the old Moment Bibby Pro sounds like it might be a good ski for you to look at (Note that this year’s model is slightly different, a more powder-orented ski while if you can get your hands on a 184 or even potentially a 190 Bibby Pro from 2012-2013, this might be a good option as well – heavier, slightly stiffer, and slightly wider at 116mm underfoot).
      The Rossignol Soul 7, which I also skied in NZ, is another ski similar to the SD110, but I would hesitate to unrestrainedly recommend it to you. It has a more aggressively rockered tail and tends to ski ‘surfier’ than the SD110. You might find that you could more easily overwhelm that ski.
      Good luck on your quest for the one-ski quiver, Mike. Hope it goes well.
      Dana

      • Altadoc February 24, 2016 Reply

        I wanted to follow-up. I’m 5’11” 165# and looking for a ski for 80% backside laps at alta and 20% touring. wanted to get a lighter setup and was thinking about the SD 102 or 110. Really not sure what to so with the width or the length.

        I’ve been on Volkl Gotamas and Katanas the last few years. Love both of them, the Goats especially. But would really love to get a great in bounds set up that is still light enough that I’m not going to be cursing (much) when I tour.

        Thanks for the help,

        Cobin

  5. James October 14, 2013 Reply

    Hi, I was curious if you are going to be doing a review over the prophet 98? I’m 6’3” 215lbs and am trying to decide between the SD or the prophet 98. I echo Mike’s question in that do you think the SD can my weight or would I be better suited in the prophet with the metal insert? Thanks and keep up the awesome reviews!

    Tyler

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      Dana October 15, 2013 Reply

      Hi Tyler,
      I don’t have any immediate plans to do a review of the Prophet 98. I’m not sure if we’ve got one coming along at Blister, but maybe if you ask nice…
      You can check out my answer to Mike, above, to see what you think about the height/weight thing. For reference, I weigh 185lbs, stand 5’10” and usually ski with a camera bag that typically adds about 10-15lbs most days (more when there’s avalanche gear involved). So I’m pushing 200lbs on the skis, though I don’t have the same height and therefore the same leverage. I didn’t feel like I overwhelmed the SD110, but really pushing on groomers or in deep pow, there’s a chance.
      As for your question about whether or not to go with the Prophet 98 with the metal insert, my immediate reaction is that it sounds like an apples vs. oranges situation. The SD110 is quite a bit wider than the Prophet 98, so that’s a pretty big difference. If you’re looking at the SD110 for a fatter ski and you’re worried about stiffness, check out our Ski Index (http://blistergearreview.com/index-ski-reviews-sorted-by-type) and start poking around in the 100-110cm underfoot category. You may want to spend some time in the All-Mountain category versus the Soft-Snow Oriented category.
      Happy hunting, Tyler.
      dana

  6. franco October 19, 2013 Reply

    Hi tyler,
    I own a Salomon Rocker2 115 (equal to the 2014 Q-115), how you’d compare it with Line SD110?
    Any notable weight difference?
    Thank you!
    F.

  7. ryan October 19, 2013 Reply

    I am debating which ski to get I either want the line sick day 95, sick day 110, SFB, or moment pb and j. I ski at jay peak vermont. I want a ski that handles groomers but still folats in pow. I also ski a lot of tight skis and moguls, which of the ski will be best for me. Or do you have any other suggestions that meet my citeria.

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      Dana October 20, 2013 Reply

      Hi Ryan,
      I have skied the SD110, obviously, and the SFB (only down in New Zealand). Never skied the SD95, and only one run on the PB&J on a groomer in Colorado. If you want a ski that will handle groomers and still float in Jay Cloud pow, I’d look at the SD110 more than the SFB. Though the SFB is similar in some ways (dimensionally), I found that ski to be less surfy and not one I would choose for pow, necessarily. I was on the 190cm and that may have had something to do with it, but I just found the SD110 to be a more versatile, variable conditions ski that I suspect would ski pow pretty darn well. And because of it’s shape/rocker profile, it’ll slice and dice on groomers fairly well. As for tight conditions, it’s a pretty light ski with low tip/tail swing weight, so they’re easy to throw around. I found them to be super easy in conditions like those. I ski Stowe regularly, and I think they’ll do great in some of our tree runs.
      Other skis I’d look at: most recently I spent a bunch of time on the Rossignol Soul 7. Much like the SD110, it’s light, fairly fat, and has some pretty subtle tip and tail rocker (a more rockered tail than the SD110). Jonathan has already posted a review on the site of it and I’ll be posting a second look in the near future. It’s a bit more turny than that SD110 and will break loose from a turn a bit easier, partially due in part to it’s more rockered tail. I found it to be a really versatile, fun, playful ski that will also handle variable conditions well, though it won’t excel in those conditions. Definitely deserves a look for Eastern skiing.
      Hope this helps and maybe I’ll see you out there at Jay.

      dana

      • Gabe May 20, 2014 Reply

        Hi Dana, I know this is old but wondering if you can help. I’m a true intermediate wanting to get into more trees and powder. I live in east but travel west often so I’ll ski northern VT, UT, and CO this year. Want something that will be good while I progress my skills and can play in trees, powder and maybe a few small jumps. SD 110, Soul 7 or Salomon Rocker2 108 for an intermediate? I’m 5’11 180. Thanks!

  8. Ben October 20, 2013 Reply

    Hi Dana,
    Thanks for the great review.

    I am trying to decide between the sick day 110s and the Opus for predominantly Japan/Aspen.

    I hav read multiple reviews but none comparing each other. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Ben

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      Dana October 26, 2013 Reply

      Hey Ben,
      I haven’t been on the Opus, so I can’t make that comparison for you.
      I’ve also (sadly) never been to Japan, so I can’t really say how they’d do there, in what I hear is typically deep blower pow. They are 110mm underfoot, so they’re pretty respectable width-wise. My guess is that they’d do pretty well in deep, light pow, but if you really want a super-fat ski, you might also look at the Line Sick Day 125. Fatter for sure than the 110, but since I haven’t made any turns on it, I can’t say if it skis similarly to the 110. But potentially worth a look if you’re in the market for a fat pow ski and want something big.
      Sorry I couldn’t offer a more direct comparison for you and have fun in Japan!

      dana

      • Enrico October 29, 2013 Reply

        Hi Dana,
        I’d like to buy a new “one quiver sky” to be used mainly for resort skiing in the dolomiti (Italy). In the last five years I used a volkl karma but now I’d like to try a wider ski. I want a ski that can handle different conditions but mainly focused on pow. I’m 6.1 tall for 178lb and I was thinking about:
        – Sickday 110 – 186 (seems to be a real allround a little stiffer than soul and armada but more playful than peacemaker?);
        – Sir Francis Bacon – 184;
        – Soul 7 – 188
        – Armada TST or JJ – 185;
        – Blizzard peacemaker – 186.

        Please give me some suggestions (also other brand/model) because I’never tested one of these and so I don’t know which one could be the best one for me.

        thank you very much

        Enrico

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          Dana December 7, 2013 Reply

          Hi Enrico,
          In search of the elusive one-quiver ski…well, you’ve listed a lot of good candidates. I’ll have to stick to what I’ve skied, so can’t really comment on the Armadas (my experience with the JJ is pretty dated, 4+ years ago), and haven’t been on the Peacemakers. So it pretty much comes down to the two Lines or the Rossis – you say you’re focused on an all-arounder with a preference for pow.
          So then it comes down to how you like to ski. If you like to play around and jump off lots of stuff, pop rollers, slash, then look more at the Sir Francis Bacon or the Rossi Soul 7. I found the Soul 7 to be a bit more playful than the Sick Day 110, as the Soul has a slightly rockered tail that is easier to ollie (and it’s a touch softer than the SD110 tail). Jason Hutchins published a great review of the Sir Francis Bacon you should read that outlines its performance as a playful pow ski. BUT – if you’re a ‘keep the skis on the ground’ sort of skier, and don’t really jib the entire mountain, then the SD110 for all-mountain/pow performance is a good bet. Quick, easy to turn, tails stiff enough to finish a turn predictably on hardpack – a solid all-rounder that doesn’t weigh a ton. Slightly fatter than than Soul 7 as well (110 vs 108).

          For the Armada TST check out Will Brown’s review, recently posted. And we do have the Peacemaker in house, so that will be getting tested soon. Look for that review in the future.

          Hope this helps you out and the enjoy the Dolomites.

          Dana

          • Enrico December 8, 2013 Reply

            Thank you Dana

            I’ve just bought and used the sick day 110, wonderful ski really easy and a real allround

            I’ve used it off piste (with about 1 feet of really good powder) and also in piste and I think it’s really fun.

            Enrico

  9. Patrick November 3, 2013 Reply

    How does the ski ski length wise Dana?
    I see that the straight tape pull is only 182.3cm. Im trying to decide between the 179 and the 186 versions. Im 5’8″ and 158 and ski the Bird/Alta and would like to pic this up as a daily driver.

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      Dana November 4, 2013 Reply

      Hi Patrick,
      I found this ski to be very easy to ski and it never felt like a lot of ski – easy to turn, low swing weight so easy to whip around, etc. I think that you would be fine on the 186cm version at Alta/Bird. It’d give you some nice floatation, could pretty easily handle the trees there, and it holds an edge well when the fresh gets a bit tracked.

      dana

  10. Chad December 5, 2013 Reply

    Hey guys-love the site and very much appreciate the honest reviews.

    Can you offer insight or a recommendation between the Volkl Nunataq and Sick Day 110? I’m 5’10”, 160lbs and looking for the mythical one-ski quiver. I ski mainly in the Eastern Sierras with appx 40% inbounds, 60% BC. Boots are Dynafit tf-x and considering Marker EPF F12.

    Thanks so much!

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      Dana December 5, 2013 Reply

      Hi Chad,
      I can’t, as I’ve never skied the Volkl Nunataq. And we don’t have a review of the Nunataq on the site, or else I’d tell you to look at that. Sorry about that Chad.

      Dana

  11. Will December 30, 2013 Reply

    The Norwalk vs. Sick Day? I ski in Colorado and the conditions change from pow to ice. What would be a good ski for me? I like doing everything on the mountain, but not to much park. Love tree skiing and need one that can turn quick in narrow trees.
    Thanks,
    Will

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      Dana January 2, 2014 Reply

      Hey Will,
      Can’t rightly say – haven’t skied the Norwalk so I can’t really compare the two. If you’re looking for a quick tree ski, the SD110 ain’t bad. I would also encourage you to look at the Rossignol Soul 7 as I found that ski to turn slightly quicker than the SD110. The Soul 7s are also slightly lighter (S7 @ ~2000 grams/ski, SD110 @ ~ 2100 grams/ski), so if you want a stick that will handle most conditions, but shine in quick-turn conditions, the Soul 7 is a good one to look at as well.

      Sorry couldn’t give you more direction on the Norwalk, but I hope this helps nonetheless.

      Dana

  12. Dan January 5, 2014 Reply

    I need some help everyone. I was at a demo day yesterday and skied both the Sick Day 110 and the Soul 7. Both skis were outstanding! I felt that the SD 110 actually initiated the turn with a little more confidence than the Soul 7 and handled short quick turns better. On the other end, the soul 7 was a little more playful and poppy around the mountain. I will get a handful of days here in Pennsylvania on some hard stuff but more importantly I will be skiing Snowbird and Revelstoke this year and want something for those types of hills. I will be skiing some backcountry pow in Revelstoke and most days ski the trees, crud, little fun features and love laying out big GS turns on the groomers. If anyone can help me make a decision on which way to go I would appreciate it because both skis were great and I can’t decide. Thanks,
    Dan

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      Dana January 5, 2014 Reply

      Hey Dan,
      Great to hear that you got to ski both skis. It can be a bit of tough choice, but the way it ultimately breaks down for me is that the Sick Day 110 is more of a directional, very slightly stiffer ski (especially in the tail), while the Soul 7 is definitely the more playful of the two and, because of its slightly softer, splayed up tail, easier to pop, smear, and ollie off features.
      Having skied a lot of Revy and Snowbird, it’s a toss-up. On an area like Silver Fox at Snowbird, a more direction ski like the SD110 would be great – big wide open bowl for big wide open turns. At Revy, where there’s some world-class tree-skiing and almost too many little terrain features to jump off, I’d probably choose the Rossi. Either way, both skis are capable on the groomers – I wouldn’t worry about being able to make good GS turns on either.
      Personally, I’d likely take the Soul over the SD110 ’cause I like a ski that is playful and quick. Both these are quick, but the Rossi, for me, felt more playful.
      Hope this helps in your decision. Either way you’ll be skiing something at Revy and Snowbird, which ain’t bad.

      Dana

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    Eric January 5, 2014 Reply

    Any thoughts on the Line Sick Day 125 and how it will ski?

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      Dana January 5, 2014 Reply

      Hi Eric,
      Plenty of thoughts, but no real experience. I’d love to be able to help you out but until I’ve spent some time with ’em strapped to my feet, can’t really tell you much.

      Sorry I can’t be more help – hopefully you can demo a pair somewhere.

      Dana

  14. NvH January 6, 2014 Reply

    Dana, have you skied the Rossi super 7 yet? Just curious on your thoughts on it vs the Soul 7…

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      Dana January 6, 2014 Reply

      Hi NvH,
      I haven’t skied the Super 7 yet. I’d like to, but haven’t had the chance, so I can’t really say what they’re like one versus t’other.

      Sorry!
      Dana

  15. Dan January 8, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the helpful info! Much appreciated.

  16. TM January 14, 2014 Reply

    Dana,
    You commented above how you think the Soul 7 is a little more turny than the Sick day, I demoed a 188cm soul7 the other day in a fair amount of powder and couldn’t get that much time on decent groomers. The soul7 felt almost a little annoying how fast it initiated the turns, i could not believe how turny it was. I have older 177cm Kendos, 180cm Bonafide, and older 185cm JJ’s, and have been playing around on a 186cm sick day 95. Out of all the listed above that Soul7 was a lot turnier. I almost think it was the razor sharp tune job the entire length of the ski. Just felt way shorter/tighter than the 18m stated radius. Did the one you skied have this same feel to it?

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      Dana January 14, 2014 Reply

      The Soul 7 felt turnier to me – can’t really say that I thought it was turnier than the state 18m radius. Maybe a touch. I think that the big difference is that the SD110 has almost flat tails (slight splay, not a very deep rocker line) versus the Soul 7. I think this helps the SD110 hold to turns longer than the Soul.
      Could be the tune too – we had ours in NZ with just the standard factory tune and I didn’t mess with that aspect of them at all.

      Dana

  17. Mark January 18, 2014 Reply

    Hey, I love your review and it was very helpful, but I was wondering how these skis would compare with the new SFB. I want a wide ski that can do everything on the mountian. Which would work for resort skiing best, so like groomers, bowls, trees, and a bit of big mountain? Thank you so much!
    Mark

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      Dana January 22, 2014 Reply

      Hi Mark,
      I found that SD110 to be a good all-around ski with a slightly softer flex profile than the SFB. I also found the SD110 to have a more directional flex than the SFB, which Line calls ‘symmetric’ and I guess I’d agree with that. I felt like the SFB was a fat park ski and that the SD110 was a lighter-weight mid-fat ski that was a decent resort all-conditions ski that would definitely prefer softer conditions.

      Hope this helps. And please read Jason Hutchins Review of the 190cm SFB for a more complete take on that ski.

      Dana

  18. Adrian January 21, 2014 Reply

    Hey there ☺
    First of all.., sorry form my poor englisch.

    I’m struggle to find my new ski!
    I am 5’11” and 155 lbs – good and experienced skier but not agressiv.

    the ski i’m looking for:
    – touring ski for deep Powder (besides the Dynastar Cham 87 hm)
    – easy to handle steep and difficult terrain
    – some fast lines in Powder
    – tree skiing
    – some carving…

    Ski’s i am thinking of:
    Armada TST (183 or 192!?) vs. Rossignol Soul7 188 vs. Line Sick Day 110 186

    How stiff/soft are they compared to each other?
    What else?

    thank’s a lot! Adrian

    • Author
      Dana January 22, 2014 Reply

      Hi Adrian,
      If you read through some of the other questions/comments and my answers above, you’ll see some other people have asked about these same skis, so definitely check those out for some more info.

      I haven’t skied the TST, so can’t be much help there. Will Brown put up a great review on October 2 of 2013 that you should check out.

      Generally, I found the Soul 7 to be a more playful, slightly softer lightweight ski that could handle choppy/cruddy conditions well for its weight, flex, and profile. The SD110, due to its slightly flatter tail, was little less playful and little more directional than the Soul 7. Either will handle a mid-level powder day well, though neither of them are super fat for those deep dumps. They’ll both tour well due to their weight. I’d put the Soul 7 at slightly softer than the SD110, but as you’ll read in our review, they do have different flex profiles – the Rossi flexed more consistenly from tip to tail than did the SD110.

      I suspect that the Soul 7 would be slightly quicker in tight trees than the SD110, but since NZ is treeless and I haven’t been able to ski them back in the trees of the East Coast, I can’t say for sure.

      So, if you want a slightly more playful ski, the Soul 7 ain’t bad. If you want a more directional ski, the SD110.

      Dana

  19. Disconnected January 29, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dana,

    Thanks for all the responses and for teh review, your comments are just as helpful as the review itself.

    I’m looking for a fatter pair of skis to be my powder/off piste pair. I have a pair of Line Sick Day 95s that I recently bought and tried out all over the mountain in St Anton in Austria. I can highly recommend them. I am a “beginner advanced”, and they the 95’s do an amazing job in all piste conditions (ice included), and are happy to go off border. What I’m looking at as my second ski is a fattie that will push me off piste.

    I’ve done my research, so the options I’m looking at are
    * Line Sick Day 110
    * Line SFB’s
    * Rossi Soul 7’s
    * Whitedot Preachers

    I know it’s hard to recommend a specific, and I have read your other comments, but my question is this: What would you recommend for somebody who is just beginning to ski deep snow? Of course I could rent, but I am committed to learning and doing it :), and I don’t mind buying a pair. I’m not particularly confident in deep snow, as I’m only starting up, so I am not in a position to appreciate the finer aspects of differences in a way that I can for an all mountain/frontside ski.

    I ski in Europe mostly, this year in the Arlberg area in Austria and the French or Swiss alps.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Cheers/Anton

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      Dana January 30, 2014 Reply

      Hi Anton,
      I think that you’ll find that the SD110 or the Soul 7 will be the best for pow. If you are just starting to ski deep snow, the SFB, while a versatile ski, might be slightly less forgiving than these other skis.

      The Soul 7, due to its slightly more rockered tail, will tend to keep its tips above the snow a little better than the SD110, but both are great choices.

      Dana

      • Disconnected January 31, 2014 Reply

        Many thanks Dana, that’s very much appreciated. I’m going to go with a pair of 180 CM S7’s (I’m 188, so keeping the ski a bit shorter as this will be my pow learner). Your and Blister’s other reviews of the skis I was looking at have helped a lot.

  20. Mark February 7, 2014 Reply

    How does the Sick day compare to the k2 shredditor?

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      Dana February 8, 2014 Reply

      Hi Mark,
      Ain’t skied the Shreditor yet….sorry man!

      Dana

  21. Adrian Walther February 11, 2014 Reply

    Hey :)
    Which ski is half sick day and half automatic (atomic)?
    Thank you!
    Adrian

    • Author
      Dana February 12, 2014 Reply

      HI Adrian,
      Is this like a ‘knock knock’ joke? Not sure I totally understand your question, but I think you’re looking for a ski that blends the qualities of the two mentioned skis. Since I’ve only put in one groomer run on a pair of Automatics, I can’t really tell you much about them other than they are definitely skis and decidedly not a snowboard.
      If you could maybe provide me a with a bit more detail on the qualities you’re looking for in a ski, terrain you want to use it in, etc, I can give you a better response.

      Thanks!

      Dana

  22. Will February 14, 2014 Reply

    Even though it has doesn’t have much of a tail, would it still be able to ski switch sometimes?

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      Dana February 20, 2014 Reply

      Hey Will,
      Yeah, sometimes, but don’t look at these skis as anything you’d want to nuke down the mountain on switch, compared to other skis. It’s got a tiny bit of rise in the tail, but a really small amount. If you’re neutral and careful, they’d probably be alright.

      Dana

  23. Vladski February 19, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dana,
    I got the Sick Days in my sights, and just wonder if 179 cm would be the right length for my 6’1/190.
    The textbooks say that I should be getting 186, but I am a bit concerned about their performance on the groomed terrain (I ski mostly in Europe, where groomers cannot be avoided).
    On the other hand, my only pow experience was a few good days in Alta on Kastle BMX98 (126-98-116) in 178 cm, which were only OK because of the tip dive. I wonder if a wider ski in the same length would be the remedy for the dive.
    Any feedback would be highly appreciated.
    Vladimir

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      Dana February 20, 2014 Reply

      Hi Vladski,
      I would go with the longer Sick Day at 186cm. With their lightweight, short sidecut, and overall easy-to-turn nature, you won’t be overwhelmed. Also, for groomer performance, you’ll have a longer ski which should help smooth out the ride with these light, mid-stiff skis. A shorter version would only exacerbate any chatter.

      Cheers, and have fun on them.

      Dana

  24. Nick Chandler March 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dana,

    Firstly, great review! Hands down the best review of these skis I have read.
    Just a quick question about ski length- Im 5ft 11 and 190lbs. I mainly ski in Banff so i feel this ski would be perfect considering the amount of snow they get. Im looking to explore the backcountry/ off piste a lot more, whilst still having the option to ski fast on hard pack. Which length would you recommend?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Nick.

    • Author
      Dana March 4, 2014 Reply

      Hi Nick,
      Rock the longer ones (186cm) – these babies won’t overwhelm you.

      Thanks for reading!

      Dana

  25. Matt March 11, 2014 Reply

    Hey Dana,

    Just back from a 10 day epic back country tour of Hokkaido – pretty much had knee deep pow for 10 /10 days! I’ve been skiing Nordica enforcers 177cm / 98mm (ti version / trad camber) + have been pretty much fine on these, but figure I could have even more fun if I have the option of a cambered powder ski.

    So would you say I should go the whole hog and get the 125’s and in the longer 186cm? (I have the slight dilemma of being small + light 5’8″ / 160lb, but being a strong skier).

    The other skis I am considering is the Atomic Automatic, Salomon Rockers?

    Look forward to your thoughts!

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      Dana March 12, 2014 Reply

      HI Matt,
      Wish I could be more help here but I haven’t had a chance to ski the fatter Sick Days at all. I’d like to be able to say that they ski similarly, but are just fatter, but I can’t ’cause I ain’t never skied ’em. Sometimes when companies make fatter skis, they have to change the flex profile to account for the increased width, which can really change a ski.

      What I can say is that if you have been rocking a 98mm underfoot ski in a 177cm, then I don’t think that stepping up to a 110mm underfoot is going to bum you out. I think you’ll probably have a lot of fun on the Sick Day. It will give you more float than your current ride, without going super-wide to the 125mm. As for the length, it really depends on where you ski and how you do it – if you were an Eastern skier of your height/weight, I’d say go with the shorter version – tight trees won’t necessarily be your friend. But if you ski out west and you can let ’em rip a bit, and you say you’re a strong skier, then you’d probably be alright rocking the 186cm. This isn’t a beast of a ski.

      Sorry I can’t really comment on the Atomic or the Salomon. My time on the Atomic was limited to one firm groomer run at Winter Park. I can definitely tell you that the Automatic is a ski, it has edges, and the top sheets were cool. Other than that, can’t really say much about it!

      Hope this helps and stoked you got some Ja-Pow!

      dana

  26. TC April 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dana-good review. I apologize for another height/weight question but at 6’4″ and 220lbs when dressed for bear, I am wondering if you think these skis might be too short for me. Seeing how I’m 55 years young already my legs can no longer deal with hard charging all day long. I like time in trees when powder is good and hitting DB and DBD technical runs but not blasting down them. I enjoy the groomers when done for the day or when the snow is marginal. I like your comments about quick, medium/soft flex, lightweight in your review. While consider myself a marginal expert skier, I wonder if I might be too big for 186s given those ski characteristics. Thoughts?

    • Author
      Dana April 4, 2014 Reply

      Hi TC –
      If you were going to be hucking your carcass and straightlining chopped up chutes, I’d say these would be too short. But since these skis aren’t really ideal for that sort of thing anyway, and you say that you tend to ski challenging terrain in a more precise, controlled way, I think that the 186cm would be pretty good for you – but potentially not great at your height and weight. It’s a light ski, it’s pretty flexible, and it skis short (not as short as the Soul 7, but it’s no monster).

      I’d honestly urge you to demo them if possible to see if you like them. If you can’t, I’d start looking around at other options in slightly longer lengths – the Line Sir Francis Bacon might be something you’d like to look at as it is offered in a 190cm, it’s a bit stiffer (not as light, though), and skis longer than the SD 110. Or check out something like the Moment Bibby Pro 192cm or even the DPS Wailer 112RPC 192cm in the Pure3 construction if you’re looking to preserve the low-weight. These are both very different skis than the SD110, for sure, so make sure to read our reviews of them and try and demo them if you can. I just have a feeling that the SD110 *might* be a touch short for you and would hate to urge you to jump on them if I’m not 100% there.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more conclusive, but I hope this helps.

      Dana

  27. Blister Member
    dennis April 4, 2014 Reply

    Bacon killed it at Vail and A Basin March 29,30,31. Flexible enough to slay the softish/hardish bumps on Prima/Highline/ Rogers. Stiff enough to handle deepish mash potatoes off Montezuma’s Bowl. Really impressed with crud, slush and chop performance. on 184 at 18o lbs.

  28. Hans May 11, 2014 Reply

    Hey,

    I AM 6″4 and 186 lb., being an advanced skier (no cliffs or crazy jumps). More sidecountry than groomers ( but in Europe You cannot avoid groomers).

    186 Line SD 110? Or any other suggestion?

    BTW Great Website and Great Reviews

    • Dana May 21, 2014 Reply

      Def. go with the 186cm. Scope the Rossi Soul 7 as well for a similar ski.

  29. Andrew May 11, 2014 Reply

    Dana,
    Great site/reviews! I’m interested in the sick day 110 and was hoping for your opinion. I’m 30 yrs old, 6’4″, 215-225 lbs. Ski the east coast. Some background… Before this past season I would only ski 1-2 times a year and it showed. This season I got hooked. Bought the Rossi experience 88 178 and was going to the mountain 3 days a week. Went from not even using my poles in the beginning to feeling confident on the steeps and bumps (still so much to learn but I’m addicted). Looking for a ski to use when we get snow, have fun in trees, bowls, and maybe something I can use out west (planning a trip to big sky next year). Would the 110 be a good fit? If so what size? Was also looking at q105,. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  30. Gabe May 18, 2014 Reply

    Hey guys hoping I can get a recommendation too. I’m a true intermediate and need a ski for powder and trees. I ski both east and west because I travel often. I’m 5’11 180lbs and a true intermediate, level 6 skier. Can someone like me handle a ski like this or should I look at something else? Thanks so much!

    • Author
      Dana May 28, 2014 Reply

      Hi Gabe,
      You would def. be able to handle this ski. No question.
      Dana

  31. Andrew July 31, 2014 Reply

    Hi Dana!
    Great thanks for a good review.
    I am going to buy a new pair of skis and looking towards Line SD 110. I am 5’10,9″ and 180 lbs freestyle-oriented intermediate skier. I prefer playful skis for popping ollies/nollies, jumping off bumps and such a fun stuff over the mountain. I understand that Line SFB is a perfect choice, but I want to buy skis on discounted price and unfortunately proper SFB 184cm isn’t availiable in my country.
    Can Line SD 110 be a good variant for my case (taking into account that I ride lots of “firm snow” days)?
    Also I am looking towards next skis:
    1) Salomon Rocker2 108 – 182
    2) Armada TST – 183
    3) Line Blend – 179 (I have doubts due to its length, bigger one is out of stock)
    4) Volkl Bridge 187
    5) Volkl Gotama
    What do you think about Line SD and other variants in case of my needs?
    I will appreciate any comment or advice :)
    Great thanks in advance!

  32. Blister Member
    Slim September 12, 2014 Reply

    So, if I read your reviews and comments correctly, the Sickdays would likely be more forgiving to ride in powder but the Sir F. Bacons would be more forgiving riding switch.

    I am just moving up to intermediate skill level, but bored with groomers, so I want to ski powder as we all do, just don’t have a lot of technique yet. That would sound like the Sickdays would be better
    .
    But, it doesn’t snow every day on my annual trip out to Ut/Co either, and I have a 4 year old, so I’ll be skiing he groomers too. I am trying to learn to ski switch to make the green groomers more fun at 4 yr old speeds. It sounds like the Bacon is a lot easier at that and the beginner terrain park.

    See my dilemma?
    So, looking for easy switch skiing, easy powder skiing in the trees, all at low speeds. Tight trees for Mt Bohemia. Quick turning for beginner mogul skier.

    Bacon? Sickday? Soul 7? Rocker 2?
    6’4″, 180 lbs before gear, pushing 200 with gear.

  33. Justin February 14, 2015 Reply

    Perhaps the SD 110 14/15 review is old news but any idea why onthesnow review the SD 14/15 (3.38) so much lower than the 13/14 (3.90) when they are the same ski ?!

  34. Scott March 5, 2015 Reply

    Great review! How does the Sick Day 95 compare? I ski at Mammoth and want an all mountain ski that mostly rides the trails but can still handle the smaller powder days and a bit of trees. I’m 6 feet and 190 pounds.

    Any other recommendations? Thank you so much.

  35. Mark May 19, 2015 Reply

    Heya,
    This thread has actually been perfect for me. I am looking for a new pair of skis and am tossing up between the Sick Day 110 and Soul 7s. What makes your test more ideal is that i am in New Zealand and live in Christchurch so the Canterbury club fields are where I am skiing at most of the time.

    In your opinion, which out of the SD110 and Soul 7s would be best suited for the club fields you experienced whilst here in NZ?

    It should be noted that i skied a pair of 192cm Armada TSTs last season and found them quite overwhelming for me (needed to be driven and charged but my ability was not up for it). While i enjoyed the support of the stiff tails on the TST i found that if i wasnt driving in front the skies would take off without me. I also found them quite hard to turn in tight chutes.
    A bit about me:
    6ft 4, 220lbs when kitted up. Good intermediate, approaching advanced skier. Prefer to go slower and do more turns than charge straight lines down the chutes (at this stage anyway). Popping little features, ollies, butters etc are definitely what i look for all day on the mountain.

    Cheers for your help!

    • Hi, Mark – for the club fields, and at your size, I’d be inclined to go with the slightly heavier (100 grams per ski) Sick Day 110. Especially when it’s firm at the club fields, I’m inclined to think that the Soul 7s would feel too unstable for you, while the Sick Day 110 ought to still feel plenty maneuverable and playful.

  36. Rob August 4, 2016 Reply

    I had an awesome time on these skis until one of them delaminated on just my 24th day on these skis. Line has not been good about helping me out either, pretty disappointed with the skis and Line in general.

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