If you're looking for wide, fun, playful, and versatile skis that have little to no limitations, the Line Sir Francis Bacon should be on the top of your list. It's a twin tip, to be sure, but it's so much more as well. While they don't have a symmetrical shape, the flex is symmetrical, and the shape is pretty darn close. Soft in the tips and tails, and with a 3D Convex shape, the skis float up and over any and all fresh snow. Since they're shaped the way they are, they manage to create more surface area without adding width. They're not dramatically tapered in the traditional sense, but the tips and tails, beyond the contact point, are less blunt than some competitors. The rounded shape leads to round turns, but does not limit them to that shape. Structurally unchanged for 2021, the Bacon retains its light weight playfulness with a graphics change. It's more interesting than the plain white scheme from last year, so that's a good thing, we'd say. At 107 mm underfoot and with 143/139 mm tips and tails, this thing is wide. The flex, though, makes it so fun and surfy. Butters, slashes, groomers, and park, the Bacon is a fantastic ski for freeride applications all over the mountain. While you wouldn't mistake it for a true all-mountain ski, it does have a lot of those attributes, just in a wider and far more playful package. They're pretty light, coming in at 1850 grams per ski, so expect to be dancing all over the hill with a minimum of effort.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
3D Convex Tech
Powder, Big Mountain, Park
Bob St. Pierre skied the 184, but would have preferred the 190. The shorter length was quicker, however, and generated a score of 5 out of 5 for that category, as well as maneuverability and playfulness. Flotation and forgiveness received 4's, showing the soft-snow penchant of the SFB. Bob states that it is "very quick for a wider ski-loved to make quick and short turns." Due to the 16-meter average turn radius, this is not a surprising reaction from Bob. "Took it in the woods and it loved squirrelling around the trees." For somewhere like Stowe, where the woods are tight and we get a decent number of snowfalls, this would be a great choice for the softer woods. Bob also notes that the SFB makes "very round turns." Even just by looking at the ski, everything looks clean and round.
Jeff Neagle also skied the 184 and found it to be acceptable, especially for the light and flexible build. Jeff scored 5's for flotation, quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, and forgiveness. We also see a score of 5 for overall impression, so Jeff must like it! He states that "the Sir Francis Bacon has just about achieved icon status by now. The original playful powder ski. Bring freestyle into the backcountry. Slash, smear, and butter turns in powder.... This is one of the skis that started the backcountry freestyle movement and today continues to be a leader in the category. It's light on your feet and insanely easy to maneuver. There is some stability underfoot, which is key for landings, but the tips and tails are nice and soft, which gives it a playful, forgiving, and just downright fun feel. Freestyle skiers looking to take their tricks into the backcountry are going to love the flickability and how easy the Sir Francis Bacon is to ski. Non-freestyle skiers can still benefit from it too. I could see a more traditional, older, less aggressive skier really enjoying these skis too. They'd want to mount their bindings further back than a jib kid, but it would provide really smooth, easy powder performance. Great maneuverability for east coast trees!" So, like Bob, we see Jeff specifically noting the ski's ability to perform well here in Vermont woods-a great place to ski.
If you're looking for that playful ski that blends the powder and the park, the Line Sir Francis Bacon has enough years under it and enough of a reputation to get you where you need to be. From deep snow to tight woods, these skis are happy to turn when and how you tell them to.