2022 Line Sick Day 94

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lengths: 172, 179, 186 cm
radius: 17.6 m at 186 cm
sidecut: 131/94/117 mm
price: $ 349.95

In the middle of the Sick Day line, the 94 is a well-rounded, well-oiled all-mountain machine that is a lot stronger and quicker than it lets on. We’ve seen these Line skis, and especially the Sick Days, get underestimated time and time again, and quite frankly, we’re sick of it. These skis have a top-gear that’s difficult for a lot of skiers to reach, and a lower-end that makes them friendly and approachable for a wide variety of skiers. We talk a lot about these mid-90's underfoot skis and their ability to do a little bit of everything quite well, and these Sick Days are no different. Built with an Aspen wood core and carbon stringers, the Sick Day 94 has a strong start. The interesting thing in this ski is the use of a partial/half cap construction. Capwall, as they call it, is a blend of vertical sidewall and cap build, and this blurs the line between a ski with a solid edge grip like a race ski and one with a quick and maneuverable upper half for varied turn shapes and styles. It works, and when combined with the positive camber underfoot, the skis get a ton of energy and a great kick at the end of the carve. From steeps and trees to bumps and groomers, the Line Sick Day 94 can truly do it all.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Capwall, Carbon Magic Fingers
All Mountain, Powder, Groomers

Matt McGinnis skied the 179 and noted it was true to size. He gave top scores of 4 out of 5 for overall impression, versatility, torsional stiffness, edge hold, forgiveness, playfulness, quickness, and maneuverability. Flotation and stability got 3’s, and that’s some pretty good scoring for a 94 mm underfoot ski with no metal. “This is the kind of ski I’d be really comfortable recommending to anyone who’s concerned with buying a ski that’s too stiff. The Sick Day 94 is super easy to ski, lively, and relatively responsive given its flex type. Really, my first impression of this ski is what sticks with me the most: they’re just super intuitive. You just click in and start skiing, there’s nothing to figure out in terms of learning what the ski wants from you. Because of this immediate ease of use, I think this ski would be great for beginners through advanced intermediate skiers. Maybe it’s not the ski for first time skiers, but I’m confident that it would help a novice learn to ski quickly, and have a damn good time doing it. On the flip side, I think advanced or expert skiers who are comfortable really driving a ski will be underwhelmed, and potentially frustrated with the lack of rigidity. Every time I put some effort into the tips, it felt like I was overpowering the skis. All of this is to say that these skis are an excellent choice for anyone looking for an easy to ski ski that will help them gain confidence on the slopes. Once they have that confidence though, it’s probably time to move on to a more power-ready option.” I like that Matt notes the intuitive nature of the ski, as that’s going to attract a lot of skiers and make it easy for them to like the Line brand and all of their skis in general. Great for customer retention for sure.

Jake Whitlock also skied the true-to-size 179, and he, interestingly, had flipped scores from Matt. Jake scored 4’s for flotation and stability, with 3’s lining the rest of the card. Take that for what you will, it’s still getting all 3’s and 4’s, which is right on track with what an all-mountain versatile ski should be. “This is a great ski for folks that want an all-mountain ski with good floatation and edge hold in a slightly more forgiving platform. The ski was relatively stable but the tips did chatter a bit at higher speeds. I would recommend this ski to intermediate to advanced skiers.” There aren’t going to be a lot of skiers who are in this market that will max out the ski, but it is important to know that it is there if you’re searching for it. Steve Sulin calls the Sick Day 94 in the 179 a “killer ski in the 94 mm all-mountain master category. Fun in the bumps and crud.” Steve scored the ski 5 out of 5 for stability, with 4’s for overall impression, versatility, forgiveness, playfulness, and flotation. This type of high-end scoring is what we’ve come to expect from Line and their ability to make a fun-loving all-mountain ski with a freeride flair.

If you’re looking to get into a one-ski quiver that has a great energy and vibe to it, look no further than the Line Sick Day 94. Intuitive, light, and incredibly agile, the Sick Day 94 checks a whole lot of boxes for a whole lot of skiers, and we’re all about that here at SkiEssentials.com