2020 Line Sick Day 94

The Sick Day line from Line is a fun-loving set of skis that have playfulness on the brain. Featuring 4 models of varying widths and similar builds, the 94 sits as the second-narrowest, and the most versatile. We talk a lot about the most well-rounded shape, and there’s a big faction of us here that think the 88’s are the way to go, but for a ski with a little bit of extra width, the 94 has enough surface area to conquer the deeper parts of the mountain as well. So if you’re looking for a great all-mountain ski with a bit of extra width, the Sick Day 94 is a must-try. A lot of Line skis have more of a symmetrical personality, this one’s a bit more directional—it loves to be ripping turns on the steeps, smashing moguls, and darting through trees. The more the ski can do, the happier it is. Advanced skiers will glean the best performance out of these skis, but they’re certainly a good stepping stone for intermediate skiers who are looking to increase their off-piste rate and improve their adventure skiing skills. With a lower rocker profile, the skis are quick and easy to get on edge, and the 17.6-meter turn radius is useful and care-free. You won’t get caught up in a turn too much with these skis, and the turn shape and style are pretty much all up to the pilot. They have a natural and fun-loving appeal to them, and that shines through with our testers.

Harrison Gorham skied the 179 and found it to be the appropriate length. For a ski without metal, Harrison scored them 5 out of 5 for stability, so that’s pretty impressive. Instead of the metal, Line puts in its Carbon Magic Fingers, which is an interesting way of saying “stringers.” These vertical carbon strips put a lot of strength and power into the Sick Day 94, and Harrison picks right up on it. His other higher scores of 4 were given for quickness, maneuverability, edge hold, and overall impression. For a ski to have no metal and a 94 mm waist, one wouldn’t think it would have great edge hold, but here we are. Harrison calls it an “agile ski with great edge control. The flex in the tip is way more than in the tail. The tail is quite rigid.” In terms of overall character and behavior, Harrison notes that the Sick Day 94 is “fast with minimal chatter. Speed check-ability is 8 out of 10. Flexibility is 8.5 out of 10, and Flight is 7.5 out of 10.” We didn’t ask anyone to come up with additional scoring categories, but we appreciate Harrison’s ability to place a number on these things.

Chuck Waskuch also had a lot to say about the Sick Day 94. Like Harrison, he skied the 179 and found it to be the appropriate length. At 94 mm underfoot, the skis are decent floaters, as evidenced by Chuck’s score of 3 in that category. They’re definitely right in the middle as far as width, but they do have tip and tail rocker as well as taper, so they do float above their width. Chuck’s top marks were given for stability, playfulness, edge hold, and overall impression. For our two testers to have similarly high scores for stability and edge grip, the Sick Day 94 must be pumping out some good vibes. Another score of 4 for overall impression is indicative of a solid, well-rounded ski that will satisfy the needs and wants of a lot of different skiers. Another average score of 3 for forgiveness is a clear sign that these skis are stiffer than they appear.

For an all-mountain ski, the Line Sick Day 94 has a lot going on. From the strong build to the fun-loving personality, if you’re an advanced skier who is looking for a great blend of attributes, the Sick Day 94 should be at the top of your list.

Testers

Chuck Waskuch

Age: 47Height: 5'8"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and Controlled

Harrison Gorham

Age: 34Height: 6'0"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Heavily mustachioed and always watching out for the kids

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