Expert Review: 2024 Line Bacon 108 Skis [with Video]Published on 09/10/2023 · 4 min readSkiing Expert Hayden Wright tested the 2024 Line Bacon 108 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Expert Hayden Wright got his hands on the 2024 Line Bacon 108 this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every skier is different; if you have any questions about the Bacon 108 or need recommendations on which ski would be best for you, reach out to a Skiing Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Line claim about this ski? Line claims that the Bacon 108 is that wider, all mountain, more powder specific ski.
What is your overall impression of the ski? First of all, when Jake and I looked at the snow report, my impression was: oh yeah! Second of all, the Bacon 108 was a super fun ski. Jake took me all over the mountain. We were skiing in some steeps, got some cliff drops, some chutes, and even some untracked moguls. The groomers didn't go out the night before, so it was a powder day. These skis were awesome. They’re lightweight, easy to turn even at 108 mm underfoot. I had an absolute blast on these skis.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? The Maple block wood core keeps it lightweight. We’ve also got the Thin Tip tech all new this year for a couple Line models. The Bacon 108 also has a new Bio-Resin in the build. Essentially, these are very light skiing edge to edge.
I'm 6’ 185 lbs, and I didn't think it was a super soft ski. It also wasn't the stiffest ski we've been reviewing these weeks. The rocker camber rocker profile here is my personal favorite shape.
How does the ski turn? For being 108 mm wide, I think the Maple block wood core keeps them nice and lightweight. With that camber underfoot, they were easy edge to edge. They’re not the fastest ski edge to edge, but other skis compared to it with a little bit of metal were definitely slower than these edge to edge.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? I really didn't feel much chatter in the tips and tails. Again, it was a very soft day. I would suspect if you were skiing these on a hard packed day or a section of the mountain that was hard, you would probably get a little chatter in the tips and tails.
How is it for freestyle skiing? Freeride and freestyle are what these things are absolutely geared to.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? The Bacon 108s have a good amount of pop with that camber and the flex feels great.
Is it good for skiing switch? You can definitely land, ski, and ride these thing switch. I would even be confident enough in landing some backcountry jumps in the powder backwards or maybe doing some knuckle hucks in the terrain park where they didn't groom it.
How is the ski with jumps? These are confident you know when you're landing and taking off from jumps. The Thin Tip tech and the Maple wood core give it a light swing weight. Whether it's inbound jumps or backcountry jumps, the Line Bacon 108s would be a great option.
How is it for freeride skiing? Again, freeride and freestyle are what these things are absolutely geared to.
How is it in powder and uneven terrain? In powder and uneven terrain, these were an absolute blast. Jake and I were fighting over who was going to get to ride them next on the powder day we got to test them!
How is it skiing in the trees? How is its maneuverability? The early rise paired with the 108 mm waist made these things easy edge to edge and a blast through the trees and ungroomed terrain.
What terrain is this ski good for? For riding all over the resort, powder, and finding those pockets of powder after the storm has passed - that's where these are really going to shine.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it? If you're only skiing on the groomed runs and you're not finding yourself off trail at all, the Line Bacon 108s aren't going to be the ski for you. They do hold their own on the groomers but it's just not the best ski for that.
Who would you recommend these skis to? I recommend the Line Bacon 108s to any skier out there that wants an all mountain option that's slightly more powder specific.
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? If you want a daily driver that’s more park or groomer carving specific ski, these just aren't going to be the right ski for you.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the Bacon 108 is the right ski for you, chat with Hayden or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.