Line Mordecai (2017)


Rating: 1.90 / 5
Price: $950.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 114
Tip/Tail/Waist: 141-114-138
Lengths: 179, 186, 193

Stability at speed: 1.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.00 / 5
Crud performance: 1.34 / 5
Flotation: 2.57 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.46 / 5
Overall: 1.90 / 5

The 2017 Line Mordecai, which returns unchanged, is the middle-width ski in Line's Pollard Collection of deep-snow surfers. Like the wider (124-mm) Magnum Opus, the Mordecai is decidedly bi-directional, designed to ski backwards or forwards with near equal facility. To that end, its shape is nearly symmetrical (141-114-138), its rocker is exactly symmetrical (about 15 mm of lift both fore and aft, for max buoyancy in either direction), and its suggested mounting point is just aft of center (for roughly equal swing weight at either end). Like the new Pescado, the Mordecai is built on Line's Partly Cloudy core, which mixes wood, for durability and responsiveness, with foam, for light weight. Quicker and edgier than the Opus, it's wide enough for deep days but has a bit of softpack game for everyday Western resort conditions. 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.