Ski: 2017-2018 Line Mordecai, 186 cm
Available Lengths: 179, 186, 193 cm
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 184.5 cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 141-114-138
Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 141-113-136
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2202 & 2207 grams
Stated Sidecut Radius (186 cm): 17 meters
Core Construction: Paulownia + Fiberglass Laminate
Tip / Tail Splay (ski decambered): 75 mm / 72 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm
Recommended Mount Point: “Eric’s Choice -2.0 cm / Recommended -6.0 cm”
Measured Factory Recommended Line: ~2.0 cm from center / ~90.25 cm from tail
Mount Location for this review: “Eric’s Choice” / ~2.0 cm from center
Boots / Bindings: K2 Pinnacle 130 / Marker Jester (DIN 10)
Days Skied: 3 (Alex Adams); 2 (Jonathan Ellsworth)[Note: our review was conducted on the 15/16 Mordecai, which comes back unchanged for the 16/17, and 17/18 seasons, except for the graphic.]
A new offering from Line this year, the Mordecai, sits between the Line Sir Francis Bacon and the Magnum Opus. The Bacon has long been Line’s playful, everyday, all-mountain shredder, and the different variations of the Opus have been highly regarded powder skis for the last several years.
Last year, the Opus grew wider (from 118 mm up to the Magnum Opus’s 124mm width), the Bacon got skinnier (from 108 mm wide to 104 mm), and the Mordecai was introduced with a width right between the two.
Line describes the Mordecai as “a wider platform ski to slash, butter, spin and float through powder and crud all around the mountain.” Down in New Zealand this summer, we spent some seeing how the Mordecai balances playfulness, stability, and all-mountain versatility.
Before continuing, two things:
(1) It’s worth mentioning that both the Mordecai and the Bacon were released this year with very low stated weights. Once it came time for production, Line made the call to beef up both skis a bit to increase durability. Our flash review on the issue goes into more detail, but just be aware that the weight of the Mordecai is more middle-of-the-road rather than uber-light.
(2) The new Sir Francis Bacon has been stiffened up a bit this year, and the Mordecai has been branded as a wider Bacon. In our Deep Dive review we explored the direct differences between the two skis. So I won’t repeat myself and make a bunch of comparisons to the Bacon in this review, and will instead reference two of my favorite skis in this wider all-mountain category: the now-retired 181cm Rossignol Sickle, and the 186cm ON3P Jeffrey 114.
Many of Line’s freestyle skis, including the Mordecai feature a symmetrical flex. A pretty stiff and solid platform underfoot smoothly transitions to a moderately stiff shovel and a slightly softer tip.
When hand-flexed side-by-side with the 14/15 Mr. Pollard’s Opus (185 cm), the shovel and tip flex of the Mordecai is much stiffer.
Compared to the ON3P Jeffrey 114, the Mordecai has much stiffer tips (if the Mordecai is about a 7 or 8 out of 10, the Jeffrey is about a 5), and stiffer tails (Mordecai’s tails: 7; Jeffrey’s tails: 5).
I first rode the Mordecai at Porters Ski Area in Canterbury, NZ. On the first day, the upper half of the mountain was a bit frozen and wind buffed, so we stayed mostly on the lower half doing some warmer slush cruisin’. In this warmer, choppy snow, the Mordecai plowed through the slush piles very well.
The Mordecai doesn’t have a ton of pop in its tails, and was less eager or willing than the 181 cm Rossignol Sickle to jump from one slush pile to the next. Instead, the Mordecai had a nice grounded feeling to it. Its relatively damp tips and tails absorb chunder and variable slush piles very well, and the combination of its wider platform and stiffer flex inspire a lot of confidence at speed, even in these dodgy conditions.
NEXT: Variable Conditions / Ice, Groomers, Etc.