Line Supernatural 92 (2017)

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Rating: 2.44 / 5
Price: $750.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 92
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-92-118
Lengths: 165, 172, 179, 186

Stability at speed: 1.83 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.48 / 5
Crud performance: 2.35 / 5
Flotation: 2.85 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.93 / 5
Overall: 2.44 / 5

The Line Supernatural 92, which returns updated for 2017, is the second-narrowest model in the Supernatural collection of directional freeriders. With its 92-mm waist, it's equipped to get around on typical Eastern hardpack, but still has enough width and soft-snow buoyancy for spring slop and occasional powder days. New this year, its tip has been reshaped for mellower turn entries. In Line's men's collection, 11 of the 18 skis have waist widths of 100 mm or more. The Supernatural collection splits the difference, with two models above 100 (Supernatural 115 and 108), two below (92 and the new 86), and one sitting right at 100. More important, the Supernaturals are the edgiest, heaviest, and most powerful layups in the Line collection, making them likely choices for strong, technical skiers who like to stand on an edge and bend the ski. Like the Sick Days, they're built for traditional, directional performance, with aft-of-center sidecut waisting and mounting points. (For skis with more center-mounted, bi-directional freestyle performance, see the Freestyle collection twin-tips-Mordecai, Bacon, Wallisch, etc.) All are built on Line's sturdiest wood core. Constructions vary: a combination of cap and sidewall in the fattest (115), full sidewalls with rubber dampening in the 108 and 100, regular full sidewalls in the two narrowest (92 and 86). The Supernatural 115 and 108 are described by Line as stiff-flexing; the rest, medium. All have a little more heft than their counterparts in the less-edgy Sick Day series, as well as slightly longer sidecut radii (about 18 to 21 meters), for longer arcs and hook-free charging at speed, and lower rocker in the tail, for stronger turn finishes and sturdier rearward support. 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.