Expert Review: 2023 Line Pandora 94 Skis [with Video]
Ski Experts Jessica Whittam and Sara Beeken tested the 2023 Line Pandora 94 skis on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Ski Experts Jessica Whittam and Sara Beeken tested the 2023 Line Pandora 94 skis at Powder Mountain in Utah this past spring. Check out how they performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but don’t forget, every skier is different and what works for one may not work for all. If you have any questions on the Pandora 94 or would like recommendations on what skis would be ideal for your needs, reach out to a Ski Expert here on Curated.
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What does Line claim about these skis? [Jessica] The brand claims that these are built with a softer tip to help with turn initiation, and they're also built with a more stable tail to keep stability at higher speeds.
What is your overall impression of the ski? [Jessica] My overall impression of the ski is that it's definitely going to be best on groomers, and you can also take it out and explore the whole mountain on this. When I was reviewing these personally, I felt like they did chatter a little bit at higher speeds, so these are definitely ski that you're going to want to be skiing in less advanced terrain, but you can take them all over the mountain. They are 94 underfoot, and they were great in the trees, they were really good in variable terrain, but again, they were a little bit unstable at really high speeds. And that's why I think that these skis are going to be best for an intermediate skier who's looking to branch out and explore the whole mountain. This is going to be a good choice for you to hop out of rentals and onto something that if you're looking for an all-mountain ski, this is going to be a really good choice for you.
[Sara] My overall impression is that they were really easy to use. They did really well in the trees. They were pretty good on the groomers. The really firm snow wasn't really where they excelled, but they were definitely easy to maneuver on short turns or wide turns.
The profile has just a little bit of camber in it, which is nice because it does help you keep your edge on groomers. It is kind of a groomer-oriented ski. The graphic is really sick. They did an upgrade this year, and made it this cool rainbow color, so I really like that. And it's a little bit wider in the tip here. I didn't get to see any powder today, but having that wider tip and the 94 underfoot is going to give you a little bit of float on soft snow days.
What's the flex like? [Jessica] The flex is pretty soft, but it's going to have a softer flex in the tips, and a little bit different, stiffer in the tails. And this helps with turn initiation and the stiffer tail helps for stability when going at higher speeds.
How does the ski turn? [Sara] The ski turns really easily. I was doing super quick little slalom turns all the way into really big GS turns.
How is its edge hold like? [Jessica] I could definitely hold a very solid edge on the groomers.
[Sara] Edge hold was pretty good. That was probably personally where I felt like it struggled the most, was holding edge on really firm snow. But once the snow softened up a little bit, I could really get some good edge angle. So in other words, on firm snow, these kind of struggled to hold an edge. But on softer snow, you can really hold a nice edge on groomers.
How is stability in turns? [Sara] I felt really stable in all of the turns, and just stable in general because it's a little bit of a wider ski, stable on jumps, stable in turns.
How easy was it to control? [Sara] Control was best at moderate to slow speed. At higher speeds, it was a little bit more challenging to control the speed.
Did you feel underfoot chatter? [Sara] So I definitely felt some chatter on the firm snow. It's probably not going to be a great ski for somebody who's really charging at high speeds down the mountain. When I was on the flats, it felt pretty good going at moderate speeds. It was holding an edge well. When I got on the steep groomers, it was a little chattery, kind of flopping around on me when I was getting pretty fast. The steep groomers, especially firm steep groomers, it didn't do well on. It was kind of chattery.
How playful is the ski? [Jessica] This ski was pretty playful in that because the tips are super soft, you could turn pretty easily, but again, this is not going to be a freestyle ski. This is going to be a directional ski. So the ski is going to do the best on groomers and in light powder.
[Sara] The ski is definitely playful. I took it over a couple of jumps and had a lot of fun. The landing was really stable, super poppy, and easy to get off the ground.
How is it for skiing switch? [Jessica] This is not a ski that you're going to want to be skiing backwards or anything like that as it’s a directional ski. You can if you want, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it. That's not what this ski is made for. This ski is made for groomers and light off trail conditions.
[Sara] It's got a little bit of turn up in the tail, but I wasn't skiing a whole lot of switch. I did some 180s on the ground and didn't have any problems. But if you're looking for a ski to ski backwards on, this probably isn't the right one.
How does this ski handle jumps? [Jessica] I would not recommend the ski for the jumps in the park. It's definitely really soft for that.
[Sara] Jumps were awesome. I had a really good time popping off of some jumps. Really stable landings even on some firm snow this morning.
How would it perform in powder? [Sara] We didn't get to ski any powder today, but because of the width of this ski and because it's lightweight, I feel like it would be a good powder ski as well.
How maneuverable is it in the trees? [Jessica] The trees were great. With the softer tips, it was definitely easy to maneuver through the trees.
[Sara] In the trees, super easy to turn. I was popping around the trees, and it felt really snappy and responsive. So overall, riding in trees was super fun. I felt like I could take it wherever in the trees, make last-minute decisions and turn a different way, and just super light so it wasn't making me work super hard.
How is it on uneven terrain? [Sara] Uneven terrain wasn't its forte. We had some chunky parts of snow this morning, and that's where it got a little out of control. But when we got in the trees and it was a little slushy and soft in there, that actually felt really good. It handled the soft snow really well.
What terrain are these skis ideal for? [Sara] These skis are good for all mountain, groomers, trees, bumps. I didn't get to ski bumps today, but they feel like they would be a good bump ski with the shorter turning radius. These would be a good daily driver for out West, maybe the East Coast, if you're doing a lot of trees and bumps and stuff like that.
What terrain are these skis not ideal for? [Sara] I would not take these down a double black groomer. Really firm icy days, East Coast conditions, these are probably not your best choice.
Who would you recommend this ski to? [Jessica] I would recommend these skis to an intermediate skier looking to find a ski that's good on the groomers, but also you can venture out a little bit. I would say the ski is going to be better for East Coast conditions with a harder pack, compared to more snow out West. You can definitely, if you're going to be looking for a ski for groomers and light snow out West, then this is the ski for you, but if you're looking for a ski for deeper snow, you might want something different.
[Sara] I'd recommend these skis to intermediate advanced woman, or even an expert who just wants something a little more playful.
Who would you not recommend this ski to? I would say this isn't a ski for experts. If you're an expert skier, you're going to want something a little bit different, a little more hard-charging than this guy. Like I said, it's not super, super stable at high speeds.
[Sara] These would not be a great ski for somebody who really likes to go fast. They would also not be a great ski for a beginner.
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