This is thing that most surprised me about the Mordecai: it’s not really the extremely playful ski that I expected it to be. The tips lack a bit of pop and energy when you’re trying to ollie off of features, and it doesn’t butter as well as other “playful” all-mountain skis in this class, like the Jeffrey 114 or the old Sickle. I’m certainly not pegging the Mordecai as an unplayful ski, but there are more playful options out there. On a scale from 1-10 (1 being not playful and 10 being extremely playful), I’d give the Mordecai a 6.
Line Mordecai vs. Rossignol Sickle vs. ON3P Jeffrey 114
I’ve touched on some comparisons already, but I’ll say a bit more about the similarities and differences between the 186cm Line Mordecai, the 181cm Rossignol Sickle, and the 186cm ON3P Jeffrey 114. These are three really fun, fairly similar skis, but there are some notable differences that should help you figure out which might be the best fit for you. The five stand-out qualities that these skis share are: energy and poppiness, agility, stability, buttering capability, and overall playfulness.
I still remember the first time I got off the chairlift on my Sickles. I was immediately popping off of moguls, cat-tracks, and anything else I could find. Both the Jeffrey 114 and the Mordecai feel a little more damp and planted. When you load up their tails, you just don’t get as much energy and pop out of them compared to the Sickle.
In the terrain park, the Sickle is definitely the quicker, more agile ski. Note that the Sickle is both shorter (181cm vs 186cm) and narrower (110mm vs 114mm) than the other two. However, the point still stands that the Sickle is much quicker when spinning in the air or doing switch ups on rails.
This comparison holds true outside the terrain park, too; the Sickle is quicker and more nimble than the Mordecai and Jeffrey 114, while the Mordecai and Jeffrey are still much quicker than fatter skis like the 179cm K2 Hellbent).
In chopped up and variable snow, I found the Mordecai to be the most grounded and stable of the three. The Sickle can charge through chopped up snow, but it is most comfortable springing off its tails and skipping across chunder instead of plowing through it. More comparable to the Mordecai, the Jeffrey 114 is also quite stable underfoot, but its soft tips and significant tip and tail splay mean that the ski prefers a lighter touch in chop—though it also means that the Jeffrey 114 is almost certainly the best option the more you care about flotation in DEEP pow.
When it comes to buttering, the Mordecai likes to press into a butter and then continue the rotation and exit quickly. On the other hand, the Jeffrey can stall out and hold a butter more easily due to its softer tips and less drastic tip taper. The Sickle butters in the same fashion as the Mordecai, it just doesn’t do it as well as the Mordecai.
For supreme all-mountain buttering capabilities, the Jeffrey 114 is my preference. But in deep snow, I predict the Mordecai might have the leg-up or at least draw even.
Of course, buttering is only one factor when judging how playful a ski is, and skis with energetic and poppy tips and tails score well on my playfulness scale. So to rate these three skis side-by-side, I’d give the Mordecai a 6/10, and the Sickle and Jeffrey both an 8/10.
Mordecai: Who’s It For?
If you like to play around the mountain, but prefer a ski with a little more backbone to it, the Mordecai is a great option. Also, more traditional skiers interested in trying out a near-center mounted ski will find the Mordecai very intuitive, with quite a bit of the stability they’re accustomed to from their more directional skis.
The new Mordecai provides a very stable platform that makes easy work of all sorts of less-than-ideal conditions. Its stiffer flex pattern and wider waist really inspire confidence in icy, slushy, or choppy conditions. These same qualities equate to high stability when landing jumps or cliffs. If you’re looking for a stable ski to go have fun on all around the mountain, you should definitely consider the Mordecai.
DEEP DIVE COMPARISONS
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