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Waist Width: 124
Though it's roughly the same width (124 mm) as the top-of-the-line Pescado, the Line Magnum Opus is a distinctly different flavor of powder ski. Where the swallowtailed Pescado is directional (forward skiing only, please), the Opus is designed to be almost as comfortable skiing backwards and forwards, with twin tips, symmetrical rocker (about 12 mm at both ends, for deep-snow buoyancy in both directions), a near-symmetrical shape (148 in the tip, 146 mm in the tail), and a recommended near-center mounting point. Its core is a blend of wood, for durability and responsiveness, with foam, to keep it light despite its width. Line's Eric Pollard Pro Collection is a four-model collection of fat freeriders developed with the design input of Line athlete/ambassador Eric Pollard, who personally creates the arresting artwork for its topsheets. With the exception of the new, swallowtailed Pescado, all are twin-tipped powder surfers, and all (except the Pescado) are designed to be emphatically bi-directional, with suggested mounting points just a couple centimeters back of center. Waist widths include a 125 (Pescado), a 124 (Magnum Opus), a 114 (Mordecai), and a 104 (Sir Francis Bacon). All are metal-free constructions, to keep things light, lively, and affordable. All have full-height/full-length sidewalls for optimal edge grip on softpack. Line Skis, founded in 1995 by early independent ski-making entrepreneur and twin-tip inventor Jason Levinthal, is a subsidiary of K2, which, along with Volkl, Dalbello, and Marker, is a subsidiary of the Jarden Group, which was itself purchased by the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. Based in Seattle, Wash., Line manufactures its skis in China. Sister brands include K2 and Full Tilt. -J.C.