Comparisons: Line SFB vs. Rossi Soul 7 vs. Salomon Rocker2 108 vs. Rossi Sickle
The 105-110 underfoot all-mountain freestyle category has blown up over the past few years. I’ve been skiing the 188cm Rossignol Soul 7, 190cm Salomon Rocker2 108, and 186cm Blizzard Peacemaker on top of the 190 SFB for most of this season, as well as the 190cm Kastle XX110 West and 187cm Praxis MVP for much of last season. Of course I can’t go without mentioning my favorite ski of all time, the 11/12 186cm Rossignol Sickle, which falls in this category, too.
Each ski has it’s own unique set of standout qualities. For the SFB, that quality is all-out versatility. Whether skiing Utah powder or Taos moguls, technical lines, and trees, the Bacon encourages playful skiing and never delivers an unexpected surprise, ever. But a few more specific comparisons…
• 190 Bacon vs. 188cm Rossignol Soul 7
The Soul 7 is a great ski. You can read Jonathan’s, Dana Allen’s, and my review of the Rossignol Soul 7. But to me, the Soul 7 is definitely a soft snow-oriented ski, and absolutely not one I’d be willing to bash around in the park. The 188 Soul 7 has ~130cm of effective edge, to the 190 SFB’s ~160cm, and you can definitely feel the added stability of the increased edge contact in firm and variable snow. The 190 Bacon isn’t quite as easy to ski, but as I’ve said, it is still super easy at the -2.5cm mount location. The Bacon is shaped and feels like a park ski that’s been mixed with a bit of snowboard and your favorite all-mountain ski, whereas the Soul 7 has a new modern shape. To me, this all translated to the Bacon feeling very familiar, whereas the Soul 7 requires a softer touch, and has a looser feel.
• 190 Bacon vs. 190 Salomon Rocker2 108
Like the Soul 7, the Salomon Rocker2 108 tracks heavily to the soft-snow side of the spectrum, with 135-136cms of effective edge and lots of tip taper. The Bacon provided more skiing versatility and again, would be my choice if my days included a couple park laps for fun.
• 190 Bacon vs. 11/12, 186cm Rossignol Sickle
If you like the 11/12, 186cm Rossignol Sickle, there is a good chance you will like the 190 Bacon. Unfortunately, still, the Bacon doesn’t quite compare to the skiing performance of the Sickle. If LINE addressed the issues that I (personally) had with the 190, making it snappier and a bit crisper torsionally, it would be my new all-time favorite one-ski quiver. If you are a jump- / jib-oriented skier, you should probably opt for the 184 Bacon over the 190, and you will likely be happier on the Bacon than the Sickle.
The addition of the 190 length of the Sir Francis Bacon is a great move by LINE. Although it does lose some of the quickness and snappiness of the 184, the 190 will absolutely provide larger skiers a tool for playing all over the mountain, with enough support to handle presses, landings, and bobbles those larger folks will dish out.
While I do feel the 190 could still be improved, from pow and crud to monster moguls, frozen groomers to park jumps, the 190 SFB will get the job done. Because of this, of all the skis I’ve ridden, I’d call it the most versatile one-ski quiver option currently available for the average sized, playfully-minded, west-coast, all-mountain skier.