2018-2019 Line Pandora 104

Blister reviews the Line Pandora 104
Line Pandora 104

Ski: 2018-2019 Line Pandora 104, 165 cm

Available Lengths: 158, 165, 172 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 164.5 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1690 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski:1626 & 1645 grams

Stated Dimensions: 137-104-121 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136.8-103.4-121

Stated Sidecut Radius: 16 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 59 mm / 25 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm

Core: Aspen + Carbon Fiber Stringers + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: Sintered 1.3 mm

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.25 cm from center; 73 cm from tail

Intro

For the 18/19 season, Line is overhauling their women’s Pandora line, which will consist of the Pandora 84, 94, and 104. We’re huge fans of the old Pandora 110, and a bunch of our reviewers still use that ski as a daily driver. And when you add on the fact that the Pandora 104 is the women’s equivalent to the men’s Sick Day 104 (a ski that many of our male reviewers really, really like), that makes the new Pandora 104 an extremely intriguing ski.

Here’s what Line says about the Pandora 104:

“With a refined Early Rise™ profile, moderate tapering, and a svelte 104 waist, the all-new Pandora 104 marries deep snow performance with hardpack capabilities. Push into the backcountry, pilfer the secret stashes, and rail back to the lifts — The Pandora 104 opens up a new world of shredly potential.”

Line is not only marketing the Pandora 104 as a 1-ski quiver for the resort, they’re basically saying it’s the complete 1-ski quiver — both backcountry and inbounds. While we normally scoff at claims like this, the Sick Day 104 is one of a few skis that we actually do think would make for a solid 1-ski quiver for both the backcountry and resort. So we’ve been keeping this in mind during our testing to see if the Pandora 104 feels similarly versatile.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Pandora 104 has the same exact stated dimensions as the men’s Sick Day 104 (137-104-121 mm), and our measured dimensions for the 165 cm Pandora 104 and 186 cm Sick Day 104 are very similar. Both of these skis have a good deal of taper in the tips and tails compared to many other ~105mm-underfoot all-mountain skis. Compared to the old Pandora 110, the Pandora 104 has a slightly straighter tail, but overall, their shapes are fairly similar.

In terms of its rocker profile, the Pandora 104 has fairly deep tip and tail rocker lines for a ski of this width, and this makes sense given that it will be Line’s widest women’s ski for 18/19. With that said, the Pandora 104 doesn’t have nearly as much tip and tail rocker or splay as the Liberty Genesis 106, and the Pandora 104’s rocker profile does still look like it should offer a nice blend of firm- and soft-snow performance (which was true in the case of the Sick Day 104).

Flex Pattern

We’ll include more info on how the flex pattern of the Pandora 104 compares to a few other women’s ski in our full review, but we expect it to feel very similar to the flex pattern of the Sick Day 104.

For reference, here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 179 cm Sick Day 104:

Tips: 5-6
Shovels: 7-8
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel piece: 9-8
Tails: 8-7

The Sick Day 104 has a nice, fairly round flex pattern with pretty soft tips and tails and a strong section in the middle. That translated to a very predictable, forgiving, but still quite strong ride on snow, and we expect a similar experience with the Pandora 104.

Weight

The Pandora 104 shares the Sick Day series’ lightweight construction, and our pair of the 165 cm Pandora 104 is coming in at around 1635 grams per ski, which is quite light. However, one of the defining characteristics of the Sick Day skis is their impressive stability-to-weight ratio, so we’re optimistic about the Pandora 104’s stability.

For reference, below are a few of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for a few notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try and keep things apples-to-apples.

1626 & 1645 Line Pandora 104, 165 cm (18/19)
1635 & 1646 Blizzard Black Pearl 98, 166 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1651 & 1669 Moment Sierra, 172 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1660 & 1667 DPS Alchemist Zelda 106, 168 cm (18/19)
1709 & 1710 Blizzard Sheeva 10, 172 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1821 & 1824 Liberty Genesis 106, 171 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1842 & 1891 Line Pandora 110, 172 cm (17/18)
1936 & 1956 Volkl Aura, 170 cm (17/18)
1983 & 1999 Nordica Santa Ana 100, 177 cm (17/18, 18/19)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious about

(1) We really liked the Pandora 110, so how similar or different will it feel compared to the Pandora 104?

(2) The new Pandora 104 is significantly lighter than the old Pandora 110, and most other skis in its class. So how will it compare to heavier skis when it comes to stability in rough snow?

(3) The Pandora 104 will be Line’s widest women’s ski for 18/19, so will it feel like a ski best reserved for pow days? Or, like the Pandora 110, will it feel like more of a wider all-mountain ski?

Bottom Line (For Now)

As the successor to the Pandora 110 and the sister ski to the Sick Day 104, the Line Pandora 104 has a lot to live up to. And based on its specs, it looks very promising. We’ve spent a lot of time on the Pandora 104 this season, so stay tuned for updates, and let us know about any questions you’d like us to address in our full review.

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