Ski: 2016-2017 Line Sick Day 110, 186cm
Available Lengths: 172, 179, 186 cm
Blister’s Measured Length (straight tape pull): 182.3cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2100 & 2101 g
Stated Dimensions (mm): 142-110-125
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 141-109-124 mm
Sidecut Radius: 18 meters
Core Construction: Maple/Aspen + Fiberglass Laminate
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 69 mm / 27 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2-3 mm
Mount Location: factory recommended line: – 9.65 from center; ~81.5cm from tail
Boots / Bindings: Lange Super Banshee / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Test Location: Canterbury Club Fields, Christchurch, New Zealand
Days Skied: 4
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 13/14 Sick Day 110, which was not changed for 14/15, 15/16, or 16/17, except for the graphics.]
“Lighter, quicker, funner.” This is how Line describes the new Sick Day 110, and their stated aim is to “combine all of your favorite freeride skis in one.” They also emphasize the Sick Day’s “light & nimble intuitive feel that goes from powder to packed & back” with no problem, and will be at home in the backcountry and in-bounds.
In case you couldn’t tell, Line is going for everything here, and we’re squarely in One-Ski Quiver territory.
And I do think that the Sick Day 110 could very easily become a daily driver for many skiers. It’s a ski that is very easy to click into and make work in most conditions from the word go.
The Sick Day 110s have a soft / medium flex from the tips through the shovels, then stiffen underfoot and tail. Overall, I’d call them a bit softer than the Moment Deathwish and a bit stiffer than the Rossignol Soul 7. Call it a medium to medium-soft flex, with the tip earning a soft rating.
Line emphasizes how light these skis are, and at ~2100 grams, these certainly aren’t beasts, though the comparable 188cm Rossignol Soul 7 comes in about 100 grams lighter per ski.
Still, the Sick Day 110s do feel light. Line uses a variety of construction techniques to save weight, like their “Capwall” construction that combines cap construction at the tip and tail, with slant sidewall construction underfoot to increase stiffness.
The Sick Day also features what Line is calling “ThinTip” construction. Instead of a full ski-length maple core, the tip and tail use a thinner aspen laminate that reduces swing weight and is supposed to provide a good bit of pop.
Carving Big Turns
The first day I spent on these skis featured good conditions to lay out big turns. The snow at Craigieburn Valley club field was spring-like corn with some deeper slush, while areas below cliffs had pockets of large pinwheels breaking up the consistency of the snow.
Despite my initial concerns about the softness of the tips, the Sick Day 110 performed well at speed. The skis initiated turns easily, stayed stable through the apex, and released from turns cleanly and consistently. When encountering crud, the tips proved surprisingly capable and didn’t deflect easily, allowing me to sink into the deepest part of the turn.
For comparison, the Moment Deathwish (another ~110mm underfoot ski) has a tendency to ‘break’ at the end of a turn, sometimes releasing from the arc unpredictably. I didn’t notice that same tendency with the Sick Day, thanks to its flatter, relatively stiff tails.
There were times when the crud got a bit rougher that I did occasionally get thrown off course, though if I took a less neutral stance and drove the shovels harder, the ride would smooth out and the tips didn’t feel overwhelmed.
But while this is generally a set-it-and-forget-it type ski, this is probably least true in crud. That should come as no surprise, and a heavier, stiffer ski will be better suited to bash through choppy conditions. (The 184cm Moment Bibby Pro and the 184cm Moment Deathwish are decidedly better for these conditions, with the Bibby Pro being the best in crud.)
Still, the Sick Day 110 does a good, though not great, job of dealing with choppier conditions.
On a day at Broken River club field we were skiing similar conditions, but snow was moving in and visibility was reduced to about 50 feet for most of the day. So big turns were pretty much out of the picture, and short, tight radius turns were in.
We were skiing with Brett and Duane from Black Diamond Safaris, which made the day since we otherwise would have had absolutely no clue where to go in the low visibility. They had laid out an itinerary that featured short, steep couloirs, and the Sick Day’s low weight and sidecut were real assets here—it was easy to jump turn on them, or just lean back and pivot on the tails, whipping the tips around.
The Sick Days also felt very solid underfoot and never wavered when planting an edge after a jump turn, and the tip and tail rocker made getting into and out of those jump turns very easy.
I like a ski that will turn quickly. I spend a lot of time in the gladed tree runs of Vermont, and I’d spent a lot of time in the tight, technical terrain of Crested Butte before that. The Sick Day 110 is much quicker than my fatter 184 Moment Bibby Pros, and almost as quick to turn as the lighter, 188cm Rossignol Soul 7.
The New Zealand club fields don’t have many moguls, so I haven’t yet skied the Sick Day 110 in true bumps. I did find some small sections of mini-moguls, and the 110s handled pretty much as I expected: they were easy to pivot, yet they still would hold a proper edge until it was time to whip the tips around again.
About that “Funner”…
The Sick Day 110 is pretty fun. It’s a really playful ski, and pressing into the tails to ollie rollers or popping them out of the gut of a turn is easily done. Getting them in the air is also really easy, and once they were flying, they didn’t feel planky.
The terrain I ski a lot has a ton of small features, and I spend a good deal of time popping off stuff and turning my skis in the air between trees.
I didn’t get the Sick Day 110 into deep powder, but I suspect that the Sick Day 110 will be a good ski for an area that receives occasional deep snow dumps.
And I definitely think the Sick Day will be a good East Coast powder and tree ski, where small radius turns are the norm. If you are living in a powder mecca, Line also makes the Sick Day in a 125mm-underfoot version that we’ll hope to review when the snow piles up.
Hardpack / Edgehold
When skiing on smooth, hardpack down open bowls, the Sick Day 110s would roll up on edge with very little input, and would then hold an edge well thanks to the stiffness underfoot and through the tail, and the relatively subtle tail splay (25.4mm). I experienced very little tail washout, and the skis were less inclined to smear turns than the Rossi Soul 7 and the Moment Deathwish. The Sick Day isn’t what I would call a smeary ski, but you can still easily break the tips and tails loose for a quick pivot when necessary.
Line Sick Day 110 vs. Moment Deathwish
The Sick Day enters a segment of the ski market that’s pretty well populated: skis that are around 110mm at the waist, feature some amount of tip and tail rocker, have a bit of camber underfoot, and are light enough to tour on.
Interestingly, I found the Sick Day 110 to feel light compared to the 184cm Moment Deathwish, despite their minimal weight difference. The swing weight feels lighter, while the Deathwish feels more substantial (dampens out the ride more) than the Sick Day, allowing it to charge through crud better.
I ski a lot of East Coast pow days on the Deathwish, which means powder for a couple of hours and then choppy crud on top of granite-hard moguls, usually in tight trees. There are tons of small terrain features in those Eastern trees, and I’ve found the Deathwish to be a bump-popping, edge-setting dream there. As I noted above, the Sick Day 110 will likely handle such conditions well, too, but I’m not sure that I’ll be willing to push them as fast as the Deathwish, nor would I expect them to correct for as much user error as the Deathwish.
Line Sick Day 110 vs. Rossignol Soul 7
While the Sick Day 110 and Soul 7 occupy similar resort / backcountry-touring freeride niches, they are different skis. I found the Soul 7 to be more of a smeary, buttery soft snow ski, and the Sick Day to be the more directional ski that likes to arc fast turns. They both have similar sidecut radii (Soul 7 = 17 meter; Sick Day = 18 meter) and weight-saving design features, but the Soul 7 is softer in both the tip and tail than the Sick Day 110, while maintaining a more even flex pattern from tip to tail than the Sick Day.
The Sick Day 110 performs well in consistent snow, and rewards an attentive driver in a centered, neutral position. It’s soft shovels, shorter sidecut radius, and light weight aren’t going to simply smooth out choppy snow conditions, but it is a ski that will turn easily when asked, and can play on terrain features. It’s not for those looking to go as fast as possible while making as few turns as possible, nor is it a pure jib ski for spinning and popping off of everything in sight. It’s a more turn-oriented, play-in-tighter-spaces, softer-conditions ski that can still handle a groomer or big turn just fine.
If you are looking for a ski to tour on, but one that can still handle hold its own in-bounds in most conditions, the Sick Day 110 deserves to be on your radar.
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