You might not think of Line as a company that makes a solid all-mountain ski, and that’s okay, they’ve made their living creating playful twin-tips, so when a directional all-mountain ski comes along, it’s acceptable to be skeptical. But they’re going to prove you wrong in every sense of the word. For intermediate to advanced skiers looking for a fun, snappy, and light ski to rip around the whole mountain, the Sick Day 88 is here to fulfill your ski needs. We often discuss the perfect all-mountain shape, and we keep coming back to the 88. There’s a lot of good, strong competition at this width, so you need something to make your product stand out from the crowd. For Line, it’s a light weight build with a quick and fun shape. A lot of the other 88’s can feel a bit harsh and too carvy, but the Sick Day 88 has a phenomenal blend of performance and quickness. They’re easy to ski, but have a high-performance ceiling, so you won’t feel held back when you click in and take off. Built with an Aspen wood core and a partial sidewall construction, the underfoot portion of the ski is stout and strong, while the tips and tails are quick and snappy. The more you load them up, the more pop you’ll get, and this is a strong and fun feeling, especially for our testers.
Harrison Gorham skied the 179 and found it to be the right length. He had a good number of high scores, with 4’s being given for stability, quickness, maneuverability, edge hold, versatility, and overall impression. We like to see when a ski has high scores in multiple categories, as it shows the all-around nature of the product. For it to be stable as well as quick, it’s got to be a good build. Harrison notes that the Sick Day 88 is a “strong ski with great edge-ability. Carves tight turns with ease. Very stiff, but needed at 88 underfoot. Snappy turns. Very comparable to the Nordica Soul Rider 87 with less park ability. For an aggressive skier that loves bumps and groomers. Total score: 8.9.” Pretty sure he made up that number, but we get the point. Sounds like a winner when it comes to high-performance, all-mountain applications. It’s got a similar shape to other skis, but the weight and snappiness certainly set it apart from its friends.
Bob St.Pierre skied the 179 as well, but found it a bit short. As the longest length, if you’re a bigger person or prefer a longer ski, you’ll likely have to bump up to the Sick Day 94. Regardless, Bob still found some positive things to say, but at 215 pounds and an aggressive skier, Bob could pretty easily overpower this ski. He gave it high marks of 4 out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, forgiveness, and playfulness. These scores are unsurprising, as it seems like Bob could bend this thing at his will. Another 4 for versatility speaks volumes about the all-around poise and success of this ski. Bob calls it “very consistent and predictable from tip to tail. Has a very even and smooth flex. Makes very clean and round turns, especially in the softer snow.” The skis certainly have a way of feeling light on skier’s feet, and coming it at 1659 grams per ski, it’s easy to see why our testers found them to be consistent and fun.
Skiers looking for a setup that is great for all-mountain and all-condition skiing could do a lot worse than the Sick Day 88. With a supremely versatile shape and a light weight build, these skis will fit a huge number of skier types and profiles. From quick mogul turns to longer GS turns, the Sick Day 88 can do it all.