Line Skis Prophet Flite (2014)


Rating: 2.64 / 5
Price: $560.00
Year: 2014
Level: 1
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 113
Tip/Tail/Waist: 115-90-113
Lengths: 158, 165, 172, 179

Stability at speed: 2.38 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.13 / 5
Crud performance: 2.46 / 5
Flotation: 2.52 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.17 / 5
Overall: 2.64 / 5

Built for value, the newly redesigned Flite resembles other skis in the Prophet series in name only. Built using the discontinued Prophet 90's molds, it gets the same directional sidecut (ie., it's built to go forward, not backward) and slight-twin tail, but it's a metal-free cap construction with an all-aspen core - for lighter weight, softer flex and general ease of use at slower speeds - and it's traditionally cambered (no tip and tail rocker). The target customer is a novice or intermediate who generally sticks to the groomed. The Prophet series, which has evolved over a decade, still targets the Line skier who wants a powerfully edgy directional ski, who likes to bend a ski and carve it, who finds heavily rockered newschool slarvers to be lacking in rebound and reluctant to carve. There are four high-performance models in waist widths of 98, 90 and 85 mm, plus a value-oriented version of the 90, called the Flite. All are built on Line's densest, most durable MacroBlock core, which has full-length maple stringers surround by lighter-weight aspen. The 85, 90 and 98 are Line Capwall constructions, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and durability. The top three models also have metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) All are fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound; all but the Flite have a touch of floaty tip rocker. All models are designed for traditional rearward mounting and are only sold flat (no binding).