Line Supernatural 86 2017 ReviewOctober 13, 2016
- Easy to maneuver
- Good swing weight
- Not great on edge
- Outmuscled by other skis in this category
- Better for off-piste
- Felt kind of planky
Line's Supernatural 86 is aimed at frontside skiers, with the slimmest waist width in the Supernatural series, as well as the 'Metal Matrix' titanal laminate for power and hold. We found it did better off-piste, though, where it was easier to slarve and manuever and testers didn't have to work so much to get the ski to bite on hard snow.
With skis trending to thinner profiles this season, Line’s new Supernatural 86 is designed to give the brand more of a frontside presence (outside the terrain park, that is), mixing maple stringers with a titanal laminate for more power and control. The 86 does function well as a kind of intermediate cruiser on the groomed, but we felt it was better off-piste, where testers didn’t have to fight to get the edges to bite on hard snow.
The ski can feel a little too damp, however, and downright sluggish at slower speeds. But it can also feels overmatched when you go full throttle. We feel it’s better for less technical skiers who will appreciate the stiffness when they’re charging straightlines or schmearing fresh snow.
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.