Ski: 2015-2016 Line Sick Day 110, 186 cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 142-110-125
Sidecut Radius: 18 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 182.3 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2101 & 2100 grams
Mount Location: factory recommended line: – 9.65 from center; ~81.5cm from tail
Boots / Bindings: Salomon X-Max 130 / Marker Jester (DIN at 10), Marker Baron (DIN at 10)
Test Location: Whitefish, MT
Days Skied: 3[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 13/14 Sick Day 110, which was not changed for 14/15 or 15/16, except for the graphics.]
We reviewed this ski two years ago, and since the Sick Day remains a staple of Line’s offerings, we thought it would be worthwhile to do a fresh review. By and large, I agree with Dana’s initial review on the Sick Day, but if you haven’t read his review yet, you might want to.
While I only have a few days on the Sick Day, I’ve managed to get them into a pretty broad range of conditions. We’ve had everything from light and dry pow, to super-dense pow, to the mess that results when the previous day’s powder gets a bit too warm. The Sick Day was fun in almost all conditions, but it is most in its element when things are still soft.
As Dana noted in his review, the front third of the ski is fairly soft. It doesn’t move into floppy noodle territory, but it’s certainly not stiff. Underfoot, the flex pattern of the ski ramps up, and the tails are also relatively stiff.
I’ll get into how this plays out in specific situations below, but right from the start it became apparent that the flex pattern was going to take a little while for me to get used to. The Sick Day’s stiffer tails encourage a more forward, driving position in order to break the tails loose, but the soft tips don’t always provide the support for that type of skiing. A more upright stance worked well, but it meant that the tails felt far more locked in than I was expecting from this ski.
A Quick Note on Mount Location
I started with the binding mounted on the factory recommended line, but I felt like there was a bit too much tail on the ski. I typically prefer a more traditional mounting location, and don’t tend to be a big fan of skis that have a more forward mount.
The Sick Days were no different in this regard. I liked them better with the bindings at -1 from the factory recommended line, and I think I might have liked them even more at -2 or -3. I spend a lot of time skiing in the trees, so having less ski behind the binding made the ski feel less cumbersome in tight spots. And since the tail on the Sick Day is relatively stiff, a more forward mount made it even harder to break loose when needed. I spent some time on them at +1, and while this didn’t reveal any horribly negative attributes, the “too much ski behind the binding” issue was even more pronounced.
All this to say, if you’re considering the Sick Day, think about the type of skier you are, and if you prefer a more centered stance, consider detuning the tails. And if you prefer to drive your shovels, I can vouch that the ski works well mounted behind recommended.
This is where the Sick Day does best. The soft and relatively wide shovel planes up easily (and this remained true even with the mount at +1) and I never got any hint of tip dive.
In heavier snow at higher speeds, I’d occasionally feel those soft shovels start to fold up a bit. This wasn’t hugely problematic for most of the skiing I was doing, since I was mostly skiing in the trees where long, high-speed turns weren’t really possible.
The Sick Day is also a bit unique in that, even in bottomless, soft snow, it wanted to carve turns rather than smear them. The combination of relatively stiff tails and minimal tail rocker mean that the Sick Day isn’t an especially loose, smeary ski. I don’t want to overstate this point though: the Sick Day doesn’t carve powder like it’s on rails, but it’s more locked in than I was expecting, and breaking the tails loose feels like a lot of work compared to something like the Moment Deathwish. This was most noticeable in tighter trees where I felt like I had to put more effort into keeping my speed in check than I would on a “looser” ski.
The most noticeable upside of that stiffer tail is that it makes for a good landing platform when jumping off of stuff. While I’m not a huge hucker, I found the Sick Day to provide for a good, stable landing every time I got them off the ground.
NEXT: Tracked Up Soft Snow, Moguls, Etc.