2020 Line Vision 98

The Line Vision 98 is a brand-new ski for the 2020 season and is designed for all-mountain freeride versatility in an exceptionally light package. In fact, the Vision 98 comes in at just 1515 g. We don’t often list weights in our ski test, but when a ski is that light, it’s important to note. Line’s new THC Construction features aramid, carbon, and fiberglass, three materials that resonate at different frequencies. This creates a smooth feel, unlike a lot of carbon applications in skis. The flex pattern is relatively soft longitudinally, yet those materials help provide more torsional stiffness than you might expect if you just hand-flexed the ski. Line’s really focusing on the versatility of this ski, claiming it will rally blown out snow, arc groomers, and even motor up skin tracks.

Connor Gorham found himself a bit nostalgic after his test runs on a 179 cm Vision 98. “I grew up with multiple all-mountain Line skis and this brought me back to a pair of Octo-lands that I had, but with more pow potential.” Line is celebrating their 25th anniversary this season, which is quite an accomplishment. There are more and more skiers who were drawn to the brand as kids and now as adults are finding new models that speak to their current demands. “Playful and craving more snow to play in. Line setups generally make me want to pop off hops and side stashes and this ski delivered.”

Matt McGinnis also had the chance to take some runs on a 179 cm Vision 98. He admitted he wasn’t able to give them a full review because he spent most of the time on the Vision 98 follow-cam filming our other testers, but he did get them on his feet and had some great feedback about weight. “As a touring setup, I think these could be a great option. They’re super lightweight and the overall shape seems like it would lend itself well to east coast tours.”

Harrison Gorham, brother of the aforementioned Connor Gorham, is another skier who grew up with Line skis on his radar. We put Harrison on a lot of Line models throughout the test and he was psyched with the performance of the Vision 98. Harrison tested the 179 cm length as well and awarded 5 out of 5 scores for flotation, quickness/maneuverability, versatility, and overall impression from Harrison, with a circled 9.1 on the bottom of his test form as well. We’re not sure what that means, but it sounds good. “Rocker profile allowed for snappy, quick turns. Holds an edge great at speed too with minimal chatter. Very light, but skis stable. Great float in the woods. Softer tail than Sick Day 94. Quiver killer.” Anytime someone throws out the term “quiver killer” we know it’s a great all-mountain ski with tremendous versatility.

Mike Aidala, Customer Service Manager at SkiEssentials.com, often focuses on the value of a ski as he spends so much time chatting with customers. “The Line Vision 98 skis are super light all-mountain skis at a great price point.” Price matters for most skiers, and considering you get a lot of performance at a reasonable price makes the Vision 98 a great value. Mike also thought it was a great choice for someone “concerned with the overall weight of the skis.”

If you prefer a lighter, softer flexing ski over a heavy, stiff option, the Vision 98 is a great all-mountain freeride ski. It’s extremely playful and its longitudinal flex pattern allows you to play with turn shapes, do little butters and slashes, and in general just have a lot of fun on the mountain. Slap a touring binding on it and pick up some skins and you’ve got a very capable touring setup that will let you do some tricks on the way down.

Testers

Matt McGinnis

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Surfy freeride with a freestyle background

Mike Aidala

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

Connor Gorham

Age: 29Height: 6'0"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Creative and inviting and always with a smile

Harrison Gorham

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

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

26 Comments on the “2020 Line Vision 98”

  1. Hello I ‘m looking at these Visions vs the new Elan Ripstick 88’s or 96’s….I’m 63 yr old athletic 6’ 182 lbs Advanced skier who skis almost exclusively in Big Sky MT. Not super aggressive anymore, mostly Blue runs and a few Blacks so probably 85-95% front side skiing. Any opinions and recommendations are appreciated

    1. Hi Greg!
      I think you’ll get stronger performance from the Elan models, and if you’re looking at the Vision 98, I’d say the Ripstick 96 is a closer relative. The carbon tubes of the Elan skis give them more torsional as well as longitudinal stiffness, but they’re both pretty light. The Vision might be a bit too flexible for your size and application, while the Ripstick sounds more up your alley. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Hey SkiEssentials,

    Just wondering if the vision 98s or the sick day 94s would be best for someone who wants something fun and playful all over the mountain but can still lay some arcs on groomer? Or would it be best to go for something like the Salomon QST range?

    Thanks,

    Andrew.

    1. Hi Andrew!
      A QST (92 or 99) will lay superior arcs for sure. In terms of all-around playfulness, the Vision is right up there with the best of them. I’d peg the Sick Day as a lighter all-mountain ski with less of an on-trail personality than the QST series skis. So for playfulness go with the Vision, trail performance go with the QST, and for a good in the middle choice, the Sick Day is pretty nice. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hi Skiessentials,

    I’m looking for a new all-mountain ski. I’m 34 years old, 6.4′ 187 lbs advanced skier. In the morning I like to make some speed on the freshly groomed tracks. The rest of the day I’m looking for some fresh powder or trees. I’m not the most agressive skier, but I do have a relative good technique. My current ski’s are K2 sideshow.
    Now I’m thinking of these Line Vision 98, Rossignol Sky 7 HD or Salomon QST 99 skis. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    Dries

    1. Hi Dries!
      The Salomon is your best all-around option, and is a far more stable ski than the Vision and the Sky. I think you’ll like the on-piste performance of the QST way more than that of the other two, and in the powder or trees, it’s not that far behind. Overall, I think that a skier with good technique will like the feel of the Salomon. Hope that helps!
      SE

      1. Hi SE,

        Thanks for your quick response! Very helpfull!

        I was looking for a light, very maneuverable ski, hence the Vision and the Sky. I understand that I probably underestimated the need for stability. Taking that into account, is the QST than the best option for me, or would the Legend or Tracer (or even another ski) be a better choice?

        Thanks again!

        Dries

      2. Dries,
        The Legend is on the stiffer/burlier side while the Tracer fits in better with the Vision/Sky. If you’re looking for light and maneuverable, then any of those three will be great. I’d say the Tracer is likely to be the most well-rounded, the Sky is the quickest turner and best floater, and the Vision is the lightest and softest. The QST is the heaviest and most stable. Hope that clarifies rather than confuses!
        SE

  4. Hi SE,

    I have a pair of Line SuperNatural Lites that I bought 4 years ago or so,but they are getting a little bit long in the tooth. Are these Vision 98’s the natural replacement/ progression of the SuperNatural Lites? If so, I’m all in, as it’s been a great ski all around the mountain

    1. Hi Matt!
      They are quite light! I love how fun they are, and the amount of effort required to make them do stuff is pretty small. Fire one up!
      SE

  5. Hi Matt,

    I’ve grew up on Line Skies and use to spend most of my time in the park. I took a lot of time off from skiing because I was stationed in the Caribbean during the winters for years and basically spent all my savings on kiteboarding gear. Anyways, I still have my Line Mike Nick Pro skies from way back in 2003, extremely old but still ski okay, I’ve actually been using them the last two years. I’m now 36 years old so I’m no longer really interested in hanging out in the park… but love the light weight, very maneuverable, and playful option of the Sick Day 94 or Vision 98 . I weigh just under 160 pounds, am 5’10”, and 90% of my skiing is on the East Coast. With my size and weight will there be a big difference between the Vision 98 and Sick Day 94 at high speeds in the groomers. It sounds like the Vision is a more playful ski so right now I’m leaning in that direction, but would you advise the Sick Day 94 as a better/safer option for the East Coast one ski quiver?

    Thanks,

    Rob

    1. HI Rob!
      Certainly a better all-mountain choice with the Sick Day 94. The Vision really has a softer flex while the Sick Day is more appropriate for all-mountain performance and terrain. You’ll lose a bit of playfulness, but that’s really only because the Vision is one one extreme side of that scale. Have fun!
      SE

  6. Hey SkiEssentials – I’ve loved my 2011 Line Prophet 100s (186cm), but have become more interested in moguls over the years. I’m 6’1″ 195#. We do one Colorado vacation year (usually Steamboat) and really do everything from cruising greens/blues with the kids, to groomers, enjoying the powder days if we get lucky enough, a little trees, and more and more moguls. Do NOT want a dedicated bump ski, but wondering what Line ski would do everything, and be better in the bumps than my current Prophet 100s! Is the Vision 98 the one for me?

    Thanks, Brian

    1. Hi Brian!
      The softer the moguls, the better the Vision will be. They’re incredibly fun and playful, and I think they’ll be great for the kids and the powder days with bumps and trees in between. The flex is the bigger difference versus width and shape of the Prophet. Have fun!
      SE

  7. Hi guys. Looking for a backcountry ski to mount with Shift bindings. Between the Line Vision 98 and the Black Crows Camox Freebird which would you recommend for 75% touring? They seem to have very similar specs. Cheers guys.

    1. HI Spencer!
      Pretty comparable skis, I’d say! Both are light and snappy and have good top gears. I think the Camox might have a bit higher end, but it’s pretty close. Have fun!
      SE

  8. Hi SE!

    I’m a female, intermediate-low adv skier, 57kg and 165cm. I live in Switzerland and am contemplating the Armada Trace 98 or the Line Vision 98 for 70% touring and 30% in bounds. I’m also considering the Camox as well! What do you think? They all seem to be quite similar…

    1. Hi Vivian!
      Trace and vision are very similar while the Camox has more burliness to it. For touring purposes, I’d push you to the Trace/Vision, and within those two, the Trace has better downhill performance while the Vision is incredibly light and playful. Have fun!
      SE

  9. How we doing guys, I’ve watched a bunch of your ski reviews this year, good stuff. I’m just looking for a nice all around ski that can get me through the crud and softer stuff better than my Nordica Navigator 84s. I have been really leaning towards the big jump of just going with the sick day 104s at 172cm or the head kore series, as well as these vision 98s, really having a tough time though deciding on which ski will fit those needs best. I can always slap on the navigators when it’s a strickly groomer kind of day so be awesome to hear what you guys think, thanks!

    1. Hi Brad!
      The Visions are super-playful and light and flexible. The Kore (99, I’d say you’re looking at) is equally as light, but stiffer so you will find a higher-performance ceiling with the Kore. Same goes for the Sick Day, just a bit heavier and more stable at speed than the other skis. I’d say the Kore 99 is the way to go unless you really want something more freestyle-oriented, in which case the Vision is extremely fun and lively.
      SE

  10. I’m 46 years old, intermediate-advanced skier. I’ve been away from skiing for a couple years while dedicating myself to climbing but now I’m going to return…but with an emphasis on backcountry. I’m going to buy an AT setup which will be used almost exclusively out of bounds. I live in Colorado and plan to spend the season skiing areas like Loveland Pass, Berthoud Pass, and Rocky Mountain National Park. I’m considering the Line Vision vs the Armada Tracer. I’m also considering both the 98 and 108 sizes. Any suggestions on which ski and size?

    1. Hi Tony!
      Both great choices for that application, and I’d stick to the 98’s unless you know for a fact that you’re going to be using them exclusively in fresh, deep snow. Other than that, I think the 98’s have better use. Vision is softer while Tracer is a bit more energetic. Depending on your weight and how aggressively you ski, I’d make your decision based on that. Have fun!
      SE

  11. Looking for a dedicated AT ski to mount my kingpin bindings to. I am 5’11” at 230lbs and ski 180cm+. I am east coast based and been skiing my whole life. With my build and local conditions flex is concerning but want a “lighter” ski. Torn between Vision 98 (Had a pair of Supernaturals in the past), Volkl 90eights (love my Volkl RTM 86 front side), and Armada Tracers. Rossi Sky 7HD were on the short list along with Head Core 99. With the east coast conditions sticking with ~100 under foot. I am open to other suggestions you might have. Thanks!

    1. HI NHSkiBumm66!
      I think you have two winners to choose from on your list, the Vision and the Tracer. Both have that alpine mentality but in a light weight package. The Vision is the softer of the two, so I might focus more on the Tracer 98 for a bit of extra stability. The other skis on your list fall more into the alpine-specific category, but since you’re looking for a dedicated AT ski, I’d stick to the lighter stuff. That said, I don’t think you could go wrong with the Kore either. The 90Eight has been discontinued, and the Blaze series has taken its place, so if you haven’t checked out the 2021 Blaze 94, might be worth a glance! Have fun!
      SE

  12. Hi! Thanks for the review guys.
    How would you compare these to the Armada Tracer’s 98?
    I currently own some K2 Pinnacle 105 TI 185 Cm but I found those to be a bit too heavy when I go touring. I want something fun on the huphill that will handle also when I ski at the station. I’m a East Coast Skier. I’m 5”11 130lbs . (Lightweight)

    Thank you

    1. Hey Chief!
      Vision is lighter and more flexible. The Tracer is lighter than the Pinnacle (I’m a 105 owner myself!) and has a similar flex. Lighter skiers tend to gravitate to lighter skis, so I think you’re in the right range with the Vision and the Tracer. It more comes down to stiffness and responsiveness and playfulness. The Tracer has more energy and pop while the Vision has more of a park-ski feel–it’s one of the softer skis I’ve been on, but is incomparably quick and maneuverable. Have fun!
      SE

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