Line Pandora (2013/2014) ReviewOctober 1, 2013
- Super playful
- Surfy and fun
- Skis short
- Shaky at long-radius turns
- Not ideal on hardpack
- Uncontrollable at high speeds
If you’re a playful skier—someone who loves jibbing, jumping, and rocketing off natural and manmade features—and you’re looking for a powder ski, this lively and floatable ski would be a good choice for you.
Line’s 110-millimeter-waisted Pandora got a full makeover this year, with a new lightweight construction for a more quick, playful, and nimble feel, and an early-rise tip for the deepest of powder days. Picture this ski like a surfboard for snow.
The Pandora is especially good at one thing: It soars in deep snow. But take it onto hardpack and you’ll be in for a shock. It doesn’t have the muscle for laying down turns on groomers or steeps. But it was short and turny for navigating through soft snow in the trees.
An early rise tip and tail make it extra enjoyable in deep snow. This is a fun-loving powder skier’s tool of choice.
This ski is a bit of a one-trick pony. You’ll probably want two skis in your quiver: One for everyday skiing and the Pandora for those three-foot dumps.
The Pandora comes in lengths of 162 and 172. It would have been nice to have one longer length: For hard-charging ladies, the 172 is going to feel short.