2022-2023 Line Blade Optic 96

Ski: 2022-2023 Line Blade Optic 96, 184 cm

Available Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length (straight-tape pull): 183.8 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2077 & 2096 grams

Stated Dimensions: 129-96-119 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 129.1-95.6-118.7 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 18 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 59 mm / 42 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core Materials: aspen + partial titanal layer + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered “Fatty” (1.7 mm)

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.0 cm from center; 84.9 cm from tail

Dylan Wood and Luke Koppa review the Line Blade Optic 96 for Blister
Line Blade Optic 96 — 22/23 Top Sheet
Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Rocker Pics

Intro

Line has a new collection of freeride skis for the 2022-2023 season: the Blade Optics.

These skis replace some Blister favorites, the Sick Day series, and combine traits from some other skis that some of us (myself included) really like, the Line Visions and original Blades.

Essentially, the Blade Optics take the Vision skis’ platform (shape, rocker profile, flex pattern, mount point) and combine it with the Blade’s metal-laminate core construction. Given how light the Vision skis are (I’m a big fan of them as touring skis), the heavier Blade core is meant to make the Blade Optics considerably more stable at higher speeds than the Visions, while still maintaining some of the Vision’s playful ride qualities.

We’ve been skiing the Blade Optic 96 and 104 and will be getting on the Blade Optic 114 at our upcoming Blister Summit in February (you can too; register now to reserve your spot). But while we keep spending time on these new skis, let’s take a closer look at the design of the Blade Optic 96.

2022-2023 Line Blade Optic Collection

The Blade Optic series will consist of four models: the 92, 96, 104, and 114. Here are the available lengths for each model:

  • Line Blade Optic 92: 161, 168, 175, 182 cm
  • Line Blade Optic 96: 163, 170, 177, 184 cm
  • Line Blade Optic 104: 171, 178, 185, 190 cm
  • Line Blade Optic 114: 178, 186, 192 cm

The 92 is more of a price-point ski and does not feature metal, but the other three do. On that note…

Construction

The Blade Optic 96, 104, and 114 all feature an aspen wood core, fiberglass laminate, and Line’s “Gas Pedal Medal Overdrive.” In short, this is a partial layer of titanal that’s split into segmented sections, and that tapers to a point near the ends of the skis. The goal is to get some of the benefits of a titanal layer (added damping, torsional rigidity) while still creating skis that aren’t super stiff and produce energy when bent.

It’s also cool to see that the Blade Optic 96, 104, and 114 all get Line’s “Fatty” base (1.7 mm) and edge (2.5×2.2 mm), which should help with long-term durability.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Blade Optic 96’s shape and rocker profile look a whole lot like the Line Vision 98. If neither ski had graphics, it’d be kinda hard to tell the difference (though the raised metal pattern on the 96 would give it away). The Blade Optic 96’s tips and tails have a bit of early taper, but it’s not super dramatic (though a bit more tapered than the Line Sick Day 94).

The Blade Optic 96’s rocker lines are notably deep for a 96mm-wide ski. Though, like the Vision’s rocker profiles, the Blade Optics’ rocker lines stay pretty low-slung till you get to the widest points of the tips and tails.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Blade Optic 96:

Tips: 5.5-6
Shovels: 6-7
In Front of Toe Piece: 7.5-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8
Tails: 7.5-6

The Blade Optic 96 is not a super stiff ski. It’s strong around the middle, but especially compared to most other metal-laminate skis, the Blade Optic 96’s tips and tails — and the areas between those and the middle — are softer than average.

2022-2023 Line Blade Optic 96, BLISTER

Sidecut Radius

The 184 cm Blade Optic 96’s stated sidecut radius is 18 meters, which isn’t very out of the ordinary, but is a touch on the shorter side of average.

Mount Point

Like the Line Vision skis, the Blade Optic 96’s recommended mount point is a bit closer to center than average, at -7 cm from the true center of the ski. We found that the Vision skis allowed for a variety of skiing stances (both centered and forward), and we suspect the same will be true of the Blade Optics. The Blade Optics’ mount points are notably closer to center than the Line Sick Day skis, but not as close to center as Line’s freestyle skis, such as the Sir Francis Bacon and Chronic.

Weight

This is another area where the Blade Optics differ significantly from the Sick Day skis they replace. While the Blade Optic skis are by no means super heavy, they are heavier than the Sick Days, and a bit heavier than several other skis with similar mount points, rocker profiles, and flex patterns.

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.

1446 & 1447 Line Vision 98, 178 cm (19/20–22/23)
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20–22/23)
1680 & 1707 Line Sick Day 94, 186 cm (16/17–21/22)
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
1781 & 1795 Atomic Maverick 100 Ti, 180 cm (21/22–22/23)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent 100, 188 cm (18/19–22/23)
1808 & 1823 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 95, 180 cm (21/22)
1810 & 1828 Armada Declivity 92 Ti, 180 cm (20/21–22/23)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (16/17–21/22)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–22/23)
1883 & 1906 Season Aero, 180 cm (20/21–21/22)
1900 & 1908 Atomic Maverick 95 Ti, 180 cm (21/22–22/23)
1925 & 1934 Black Crows Camox, 186.5 cm (19/20–22/23)
1933 & 1943 Norse Enduro, 188 cm (20/21–21/22)
1936 & 2013 Salomon Stance 96, 182 cm (20/21–22/23)
1937 & 1945 Fischer Ranger 94 FR, 184 cm (19/20–21/22)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
1976 & 2028 Parlor Cardinal Pro, 182 cm (19/20–21/22)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–21/22)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20–21/22)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–21/22)
1999 & 2060 Line Blade, 181 cm (20/21–22/23)
2010 & 2023 Moment Commander 98, 182 cm (20/21–21/22)
2024 & 2112 Dynastar M-Free 99, 185 cm (21/22–22/23)
2043 & 2089 Volkl M6 Mantra, 177 cm (21/22–22/23)
2054 & 2063 Salomon QST 98, 189 cm (21/22–22/23)
2074 & 2088 Line Blade Optic 104, 178 cm (22/23)
2077 & 2096 Line Blade Optic 96, 184 cm (22/23)
2089 & 2105 Nordica Soul Rider 97, 185 cm (15/16–21/22)
2128 & 2186 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (21/22)
2165 & 2186 Wagner Summit 97, 182 cm (21/22–22/23)
2178 & 2195 Volkl M6 Mantra, 184 cm (21/22–22/23)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–21/22)
2256 & 2284 Nordica Enforcer 94, 186 cm (20/21–22/23)
2281 & 2284 Blizzard Bonafide 97, 177 cm (20/21–21/22)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20–21/22)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The Blade Optic 96 is a blend of Line’s Vision and Blade skis, so does it feel more similar to one vs. the other?

(2) The Blade Optic 96 is a bit heavier than most skis in its class, but it’s also got a moderately soft flex pattern, deep rocker lines, and a progressive mount point. So just how damp and stable will it feel, and conversely, how playful and maneuverable will it be?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The new Line Blade Optic skis blur the lines between several different kinds of skis. They’ve got a metal layer, yet they’re not super stiff skis. They’ve got fairly long effective edges, but also deep rocker lines. We’re very curious to see how all these traits combine on snow, and Blister Members can see our initial thoughts in our Flash Review linked below. Then once we’ve spent more time on them, we’ll be posting our full reviews.

Flash Review

Blister Members can read our Flash Review of the Blade Optic 96 for our initial on-snow 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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10 comments on “2022-2023 Line Blade Optic 96”

    • Yep, for 22-23, the Blade Optic series takes over for the Sick Days. The Blade and Blade W remain in the lineup, as does the Pandora line.

  1. I am a HUGE line fan! My wife rides the Pandora 104 and my girlfriend loves her Pandora 94s!!!!!!!

    I need a mid-90s daily driver for Crystal Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Mountain and Big Sky. I’m stuck between the new Line Blade Optic 96 and the new Rossignol SENDER 94 Ti.

    Can y’all help? Big guy at 6′ and 225 lbs. Intermediate skier who is too old and too broken down to get much better than that. Mostly groomers but I like to get into some good snow when it happens. Gracias!

  2. this and the 104 sound very interesting. I currently have, and love, a vision 108 but my one complaint is the lack of composure on hard, re-frozen chunder and it’s almost brittle feeling on ice. I’m wondering if it would make sense to use the optic 104 as a 50/50 1-ski-vacation-quiver? Like, is it capable of general resort and freeriding, but also not so weighty it could’t be set up with shifts and skins for short touring days?
    Very excited to see some full reviews

  3. Interesting ski. For my eyes they look quite similar to the Armada Declivity 92 & 102 ti skis, albeit perhaps a tad softer flex and hopefully a bit more damped with a 100-200 grams extra. Looking forward to the review!

  4. I skied the 184 last Saturday at Crystal Mtn. It was my favorite ski of the day. I’m looking for something in between an older Blizzard Bonifide, and my Nordica Enforcer 110. I want something that will handle some speed on groomers but can also duck into the trees in some fresh snow and do some tight turns.
    This ski performed exactly as the rep said. You can take it into a slow turn and it will hold an edge, or if you push a little harder it responds to what you demand. Very stable under foot. Felt real solid when on edge in firm conditions.
    The tip feels damp, but not stiff. It can handle some bumps without being too springy and turns very easily without being squirrely.
    It wasn’t on my list, but moved to the top after I skied it.
    I compared it to the Salomon QST 98, Nordica Unleashed 98, and the Volkl Mantra 98. The Mantra was a beast and will handle everything. The Nordica was squirrely and is probably fun in the park, but not enough top end at speed. The QST 98 was close, but the Optic was the best. I could relax on it and charge on it.
    Can’t wait until next year when they come out. Hope this helps.

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