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2017-2018 Line Sick Day 114

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Line Sick Day 114 for Blister gear Review.

Line Sick Day 114

Ski: 2017-2018 Line Sick Day 114, 180 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 179.4 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1920 & 1936 grams

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 140-113.5-125 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 21.1 meters

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 73 mm / 26 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~1 mm

Core: Maple / Paulownia

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.4 cm from center; 79.3 cm from tail

Available Lengths: 180, 190 cm

Ski: 2017-2018 Line Sick Day 114, 190 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 189.3 cm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139-113.5-126 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 23.9 meters

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 72 mm / 27 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm

Core: Maple / Paulownia

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.85 cm from center; 83.8 cm from tail

Intro

For the 17/18 season, Line has revamped their “Sick Day” series, and it will now include the Sick Day 88, 94, 104, and 114. We have already published a First Look and Flash Review of the Sick Day 104, and we’ll post our full review of that ski soon. But for now, let’s talk about the Sick Day 114…

The new Sick Day 114 comes in two sizes (180 cm and 190 cm), and this past spring, we spent time on both lengths — we put an AT binding on the 180 cm Sick Day 114 and focused on it as a touring ski, and we put a Marker Jester on the 190 cm Sick Day 114 and focused on its inbounds performance.

So what’s the story with the Sick Day 114?

In their marketing copy of the Sick Day 114, LINE has chosen to focus on its deep-snow chops:

“The 114, equipped with our featherweight Partly Cloudy Core, is meant for those days. You know — those days. The days you dream about. The days where the refills are free, and you froth and chomp at the bit. The days where you time gate drops perfectly, and the whiteroom is perpetual. Yeah, those days.”

While the 114 is the widest ski in the Sick Day lineup, this copy certainly is in keeping with the trend we’ve seen recently of “powder” skis getting narrower, or fat skis getting skinnier. Three or four years ago, it wouldn’t have been at all surprising if there was a Sick Day 122 (and just in case you need evidence of this, LINE actually used to make a Sick Day 125). But now if you want a LINE ski that’s wider than 120 mm, your options are the more specific, Eric Pollard-inspired (and very good) Pescado and the Magnum Opus, while the Sick Day series keeps things in a range of more versatile widths.

Then again, LINE’s own copy makes no mention of the Sick Day 114 as a versatile, everyday ski, so that is going to be one of our primary questions to answer: is this really a dedicated soft-snow or deep-snow performer? How well does it hold up in less-than-deep, less-than-perfect conditions?

Weight

We’ll be posting our measured weight of the 190 cm Sick Day 114 shortly, but the 180 SD 114 comes in at 1920 & 1936 grams. That’s light, but it’s not crazy light, which is a good sign if you want this ski to not suck in variable conditions.

Weight-wise, it also means that the Sick Day 114 could certainly work as a dedicated (wider) touring ski, but there are a whole lot of lighter touring skis out there. So weight weenies probably aren’t going to be interested in the Sick Day 114 as their dedicated touring ski, but those looking for a 50/50 ski for inbounds and touring duties should definitely keep reading (as should anyone who still understands that dragging an extra couple hundred grams uphill often pays dividends when it’s time to actually, you know, ski).

Flex Pattern

Hand flexing the 180 cm Sick Day 114, I’d sum up the flex pattern like this:

Tips: 6
Shovels: 7-8
Underfoot: 9-10
Behind the Heel piece: 10-9
Tails: 8-7

I.e., the tips are forgiving, the tails are supportive, and the middle of the ski is substantial…

Shape / Rocker Profile

And just to be clear, this is not one of LINE’s super buttery skis; check out that mount point — at more than 10 centimeters behind center, we are in fully directional territory here, and we should point out again (as we did in our First Look at the Sick Day 104), that the DNA of the now-discontinued, truly-excellent Sick Day Tourist 102 lives on in the Sick Day 114.

This also means that, while the Sick Day 114 has a good amount of tip rocker, its tail rocker is actually pretty modest, so this isn’t going to be the slashiest, slarviest 114mm-wide ski out there. So if you’re only interested in super-deep-snow surfing, you might want to look elsewhere.

Other Questions

If the versatility of the Sick Day 114 is our primary question, the second question we have is how similar or different the Sick Day 114 feels on snow compared to the LINE Mordecai — and in particular how similar or different the 190 cm Sick Day 114 feels from the 193 cm Mordecai, especially in terms of stability at speed.

We’ll also be weighing in on how the Sick Day 114 stacks up against another new 114mm-wide ski, the Blizzard Rustler 11, and we’ll be offering our recommendations for whether we think it makes more sense to bolt a touring binding or an alpine binding on the Sick Day 114. Till then, check out our rocker pics of the ski.

NEXT: ROCKER PROFILE PICS

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