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The Best Men’s Value Skis of 2022: Line Sick Day 88

“Easy to engage, easy to release, easy to ski.”

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Brand: Line

Model: Sick Day 88

Overall Ranking: #11

Overall Score: 3.23 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

127-88-113

Lengths (cm)

165, 172, 179

Radius (m)

17.4 (172cm length)

Waist Width (mm)

88

Gender

Unisex

Level

Novice to advanced

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Aspenlite

Stability at Speed

3.04 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.39 / 5

Playfulness

3.61 / 5

Forgiveness

3.64 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

2.96 / 5

Crud Performance

3.29 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.07 / 5

Flotation

2.93 / 5

2022 Line Sick Day 88

The Value ski category is usually split between system skis designed to help users learn how to carve, and all-mountain twin-tips that encourage exploration of the entire resort (when not lapping the park). Surprisingly, the Line Sick Day 88 actually fits more in the first category. With an 88mm waist and not-quite-twin-tips, Line’s skinniest all-mountain option is an undercover groomer crusher. “Graphics for teenage park rats,” notes tester Dustin Cook. “But surprisingly solid and fun on groomers.”

Built with an Aspenlite wood core and what Line calls a “lightweight chassis,” the Sick Day 88 weighs in at less than four pounds per pair. This reduced weight reduces leg fatigue for skiers young and old. It also makes them a viable option for a hybrid binding and some backcountry use, especially for those wanting to explore the woods of New England or springtime corn in the high country. “A comfortable ski to cruise around on, giving you full access to the mountain without needing perfect form,” comments tester Otto Gibbons. “Easy to engage, easy to release, easy to ski.”

While the biggest, burliest, strongest skiers might be underwhelmed by the Line Sick Day 88, the reality is that anyone who doesn’t always want to go as fast as possible will enjoy these skis. Better yet, anyone who wants to learn how to ski better at moderate speeds and use the entire ski area as a playground will be pleased. “Plenty of fun built in a slender frontside ski,” exclaims tester Matt Schiller. “The side hills and snow piles become mini-park hits. Each kid should own a pair once in their life.”

  • Strengths: Crud-Performance (4th in category), Flotation (6th)
  • Weaknesses: Hard Snow Integrity (10th), Stability at Speed (11th)
  • Value Score: 6.46

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