Ski: 2019-2020 LINE Sick Day 104, 186 cm
Available Lengths: 172, 179, 186 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 185.5 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1848 & 1903 grams
Stated Dimensions: 137-104-121 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136.5-103.5-120.5
Stated Sidecut Radius: 19.3 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 61 mm / 26 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.15 cm from center; 82.6 cm from tail
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Sick Day 104, which was not changed for 18/19 or 19/20, apart from graphics.]
Intro: the New Sick Day Series
For the 17/18 season, Line has revamped their “Sick Day” series, and it will now include the Sick Day 88, 94, 104, and 114.
But a retooling of the Sick Day series isn’t the only change at LINE. We’re saying goodbye to the Supernatural 115 and the Supernatural 108 (which we love), as well as the Line Sick Day Tourist 102, which is one of our favorite touring skis.
We’ve been spending time on three of the new Sick Day models (the 94, 104, and 114), and will be offering our full reviews soon. And you can now also read our Flash Review of the Sick Day 104.
So what’s the story with these new Sick Day skis?
Line says about the retooled Sick Day series: “We took the LINE Sick Day Series, one of the more decorated lineups in skiing, and thought: how can we make this more fun? So we went back to the drawing board and retooled one of our favorite lines of skis. We realized we needed to make them arc better, make them surfier — all in all, we needed to make them…ahem, more funner.”
More funner. Got it.
And about the Sick Day 104 in particular, LINE says:
“This all-mountain, soft-snow beast features a more gradual rocker line and a tail that will break loose with ease. But don’t think of this as a slouch on hardpack, either. This everyday quiver of one offers the snappy, good times vibe that won’t overbear or clap out after half a season.”
So according to their copy, Line is positioning the 104 as an “everyday” one-ski quiver that is biased a bit toward soft-snow conditions.
Interestingly, they make no mention of backcountry skiing / ski touring. But the Sick Day series has always fallen squarely in the “50/50” category of skis, to be used both inbounds and out of bounds.
So the primary question we have of all of these Sick Day skis is whether they really are true “50/50” skis, or whether they are easier to recommend as dedicated inbounds skis or dedicated touring skis?
At a weight of 1850-1900 grams in the 186 cm length, we really can’t make the call just off of the weight — the skis are on the lighter side for inbounds use, and a touch on the heavier side for a dedicated touring ski. The 186 cm Line Tourist 102 came in at 1720 & 1747 grams per ski.
But in addition to reviewing the 186 cm Sick Day 104, we are also getting time on the 179 cm model, and are setting that ski up with a tech binding for use as a touring ski. And the 179 cm Sick Day 104 comes in at 1755 & 1792 grams per ski, which is only a touch heavier than the 186 Tourist 102.
Hand flexing both the 179 and the 186 Sick Day 104, I would describe their flex patterns like this:
186 cm Sick Day 104:
Behind the Heel piece: 9-8
179 cm Sick Day 104:
Behind the Heel piece: 9-8
I.e., they are very similar. If anything, the tails of the 186 might go slightly softer at the very end than the 179’s, but the difference is subtle.
While Line says that they have made the Sick Days more funner, they didn’t do so by giving the Sick Day a “funner,” more progressive mount point. At -10 cm behind center, we are in fully traditional, directional territory, unlike other Line skis like the Mordecai or the Sir Francis Bacon (where the “Eric’s Choice” mark is at – 2 cm). But don’t let the mount point freak you out; Line has proven that they can make some crazy fun, playful skis with more traditional mount points — e.g., the Line Pescado (-10 cm), which has been loved by every Blister reviewer who has spent time on it.
Shape / Rocker Profile
As you can see from our rocker pics, Line isn’t getting weird with the shape of this ski. There’s no heavy tip or tail taper (I mean, not that we care or anything, but YAY!!!), and the tail rocker on this ski is fairly subtle.
Similarly, the Line Tourist 102 was a really straight-forward design, it’s just that all of its straight-forward parts worked really really well together, making it a phenomenal ski. So we’ll see if Line can once again turn a straightforward design into something really good.
Bottom Line (For Now)
“More funner”? We’ll see. But the Sick Day 104 — like the other skis in the Sick Day series — doesn’t try to achieve its state of more-funner-ness by way of some goofy-ass design.
Stay tuned, and become a blister member to check out our Flash Review of the Sick Day 104 (and get a whole bunch of other perks).
NEXT: The Full Review