Line Sir Francis Bacon (2017)


Rating: / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 104
Tip/Tail/Waist: 135-104-131
Lengths: 178, 184, 190

The Line Sir Francis Bacon, a perennial sales champ for the brand, returns unchanged for 2017. It's the narrowest ski in the Pollard collection of fat freeriders, with a resort-friendly 104-mm waist width that can handle everyday Western softpack without feeling planky. Like the Opus and Mordecai, it's a bi-directional design, meant to be skied backwards as well as forwards, with symmetrical rocker (about 9 mm of lift tip and tail), symmetrical flex, near-symmetrical sidecut (135-104-131), and a just-aft-of-center suggested mounting point. Built on a core that blends wood, for durability and responsiveness, with foam, for lightness, it's also the least expensive model in the Pollard collection, with an MSRP of $880 and a "street price" of about $700. 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.