2020-2021 Line Vision 118

Ski: 2020-2021 Line Vision 118, 183 cm

Available Lengths: 175, 183, 189 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.4 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 1900 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1873 & 1878 grams

Stated Dimensions: 152-118-138 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 151.0-117.5-137.4 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (183 cm): 19.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 63.5 mm / 41 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: paulownia/maple/aspen + carbon, aramid, & fiberglass laminate

Base: 1.3 mm sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -6.2 cm from center; 85.0 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the Line Vision 118 for Blister
Line Vision 118
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

Last year Line introduced their new Vision series. The Vision 98 & Vision 108 are very lightweight skis, but Line is marketing them as “freeride” options, not skis that you’d only use in the backcountry. We’ve come away really impressed by the Vision 98 & 108, primarily since they give those skiers looking for very lightweight skis much more playful options (whereas most skis as light as the Visions are very directional and traditional). While we personally think the Visions excel in the backcountry, there are some skiers out there who will get along with them in the resort, too.

For 20/21, Line is expanding the Vision lineup with the new Vision 118. Given how much we like the narrower Visions — and the fact that Line is discontinuing the excellent Sick Day 114 for 20/21 — we’re very excited about this new ski.

What Line says about the Vision 118

“When the storms start frothing and the snow keeps flying, the all-new 118 is your ticket. A finely tuned taper and rocker profile, light core and reinforced with THC the 118 can blast, arc, and surf the deepest of deep. The award-winning chassis is chomping at the bit; drop in and forge through anything the mountain may throw at you.”

Construction

Like the Vision 98 & 108, the Vision 118 features Line’s “THC” laminate, which stands for “triple hybrid construction” and reportedly has nothing to do with weed references…

Essentially, THC is a combination of carbon, aramid, and fiberglass, with the three different materials reportedly resonating at different frequencies, with the goal of creating a more damp and smooth ride. After using the Vision 98 & 108, we think Line did a very good job of making lightweight skis that don’t feel super harsh and “pingy” like some similarly lightweight skis.

For the Vision 118, Line kept most of the construction the same but added some Aspen stringers near the edges of the ski for slightly better stability and power, which comes at a slight increase in weight compared to the narrower Visions.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Vision 118 looks very much like a wider Vision 108 — not much surprise there. Line has kept a lot of family resemblance between the three Vision skis — they all have pretty wide tips and tails with fairly minimal tip and tail taper (especially compared to similarly playful skis). The Vision 118 is less tapered than the Line Sick Day 114 and Atomic Bent Chetler 120, and its shape looks fairly similar to the Moment Wildcat Tour (though the Wildcat Tour has notably narrower tips & tails and a correspondingly much longer sidecut radius).

The Vision 118’s rocker profile is also quite similar to the Vision 108, but the more pow-oriented 118 gets deeper rocker lines. The Vision 118’s tip and tail rocker lines are very deep (some of the deepest in its class), but the way its tips and tails rise is also pretty subtle. I.e., while the contact points in the rocker profile are pretty close the middle of the ski, they don’t really start rising until you get much closer to the end of the ski. In the Vision 98 & 108, we found that this sort of rocker profile made the skis easy to pivot but also quite solid on edge, and we expect similar things of the Vision 118. Like the other Vision skis, the 118 maintains some camber underfoot.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Vision 118:

Tips: 6
Shovels: 6.5-7
In Front of Toe Piece: 7-9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9-8
Tails: 7.5-7

Again, lots of similarities here vs. the other Vision skis. The Vision 118’s flex pattern feels nearly identical to the Vision 108’s, with the 118 being a tiny bit stiffer in the front half.

The Vision 118 is not a very stiff ski, with very accessible tips and pretty accessible tails. Then there’s a pretty slow and smooth increase in stiffness as you move to the middle of the ski. One way the Vision 118 stands out from most directional options in this class is the fact that the Vision 118’s flex pattern is pretty round / symmetrical — there is not a huge difference between the flex of its tip and tails.

I’m someone who likes to be able to ski with a centered stance and occasionally lean back and wash out the tails of my skis, and I loved the flex patterns of the Vision 98 & 108. So I’m very excited about the flex of the Vision 118.

Compared to the Moment Wildcat Tour, the Vision 118 is similar at the very ends but the Wildcat Tour feels notably stiffer through the cambered portion of the ski. Compared to the Atomic Bent Chetler 120, the Vision 118 is again fairly similar at the ends, but the Bent Chetler 120 is stiffer throughout the rest of the ski.

Mount Point

The Vision 118’s mount point measures right around -6 cm from true center, which is right in line with the other Vision skis. As we’ve mentioned many times before, many of us at Blister get along with skis with mount points around -6 cm since they tend to allow for both a forward and centered stance (something that was true with the other Vision skis). As with its round flex pattern, the Vision 118’s more forward mount point is another thing that differentiates it from other lightweight skis.

Weight

The Vision 118 is a very lightweight ski for its size, with our pair of the 183 cm version coming in at an average weight of ~1875 grams per ski.

The Vision 118 is not as ultralight as some dedicated touring skis like the DPS Tour1 Lotus 124 or Black Diamond Helio 116, but it’s way lighter than most inbounds-oriented pow skis like the Rossignol BLACKOPS Gamer, Volkl Revolt 121, J Skis Friend, and ON3P Jeffrey 116. Compared to the now-discontinued Line Sick Day 114, the Vision 118 is about 50 grams lighter per ski when comparing the 183 cm Vision 118 and 180 cm Sick Day 114.

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

1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20–20/21)
1622 (avg) DPS Tour1 Lotus 124, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
1654 & 1682 Black Diamond Helio 116, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1660 & 1680 Moment Deathwish Tour, 184 cm (19/20)
1710 & 1744 Atomic Bent Chetler 120, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
1795 & 1817 Moment Wildcat Tour, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1808 & 1809 Line Pescado, 180 cm (17/18–20/21)
1854 & 1903 Whitedot Ragnarok Carbonlite, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
1873 & 1878 Line Vision 118, 183 cm (20/21)
1895 & 1906 Folsom Trophy Carbon, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
1910 & 1941 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1920 & 1936 Line Sick Day 114, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
1931 & 1959 Volkl BMT 122, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2013 & 2099 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2019 & 2051 K2 Mindbender 116C, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2024 & 2031 Line Outline, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2043 & 2046 4FRNT Inthayne, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
2062 & 2080 Whitedot Ragnarok ASYM, 190 cm (18/19–19/20)
2081 & 2115 Faction Candide 5.0, 183 cm (19/20–20/21)
2102 & 2137 Line Sick Day 114, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
2105 & 2185 Head Kore 117 (19/20–20/21)
2126 & 2173 Rossignol Super 7 RD, 190 cm (17/18–19/20)
2136 & 2174 K2 Reckoner 122, 184 cm (20/21)
2173 & 2204 4FRNT Renegade, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2174 & 2187 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 190 cm (18/19–19/20)
2130 & 2213 Faction Candide 4.0, 188 cm (19/20)
2183 & 2190 Black Crows Anima, 188.4 cm (17/18–19/20)
2196 & 2199 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm (17/18–18/19)
2220 & 2252 Faction Prodigy 4.0, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2222 & 2278 Prior CBC, 184 cm (17/18–20/21)
2228 & 2231 Blizzard Spur, 192 cm (17/18–19/20)
2237 & 2315 Salomon QST 118, 192 cm (19/20–20/21)
2240 & 2250 Volkl Revolt 121, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2290 & 2293 Moment Commander 118, 188 cm (19/20)
2296 & 2309 Liberty Origin Pro, 192 cm (17/18–19/20)
2297 & 2317 K2 Catamaran, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
2341 & 2357 Dynastar M-Free 118, 189 cm (18/19–20/21)
2343 & 2360 J Skis Friend, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2346 & 2351 Nordica Enforcer 115 Free, 191 cm (17/18–20/21)
2370 & 2382 Volkl Confession, 193 cm (17/18–19/20)
2382 & 2395 ON3P Billy Goat, 184 cm (17/18–19/20)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Jeffrey 116, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
2438 & 2480 DPS Foundation Koala 119, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2438 & 2492 Rossignol BLACKOPS Gamer, 186 cm (16/17–20/21)
2561 & 2585 Kye Shapes Numinous, 189 cm (19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) Given that Line is marketing the Vision 118 as a “freeride” ski and not a touring ski, how capable will it feel in the rougher, more challenging conditions we typically see within the confines of a ski resort?

(2) Line mostly talks about fresh snow in their description of the Vision 118, but how will it do when the snow isn’t perfectly soft and untracked?

(3) How will the Vision 118 compare to the Sick Day 114? Now that the Sick Day 114 is getting discontinued, will the Vision 118 be a viable replacement, or is it a different ski entirely?

(4) The Vision 118 and Vision 108 look very similar on paper, but how much family resemblance is evident on snow?

(5) We think the Vision 98 & 108 can work well for both playful skiers and directional skiers seeking something a bit more forgiving and easy (compared to most directional options), so is the same true of the Vision 118?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Line Vision 118 doesn’t stray far from the design of the narrower Vision 98 & 108. The Vision 118 is very light, has very deep rocker lines, a fairly forward mount point, and a moderate, pretty symmetrical flex pattern. Overall, it looks like it could be a very quick and playful pow ski. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below for our initial on-snow impressions, then stay tuned for our full review.

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the Vision 118 for our initial impressions. Become a Blister member now to check out this and all of our Flash Reviews, plus get exclusive deals and discounts on skis, and personalized gear recommendations from us.

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2 comments on “2020-2021 Line Vision 118”

  1. Looking forward to hearing how this compares to the LINE Pescado and when you would use this over the Pescado in the BC.

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