Expert Review: 2024 Line Honey Badger TBL Skis [with Video]Published on 09/10/2023 · 5 min readSkiing Expert Allie Staffen tested the 2024 Line Honey Badger TBL skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Expert Allie Staffen got her hands on the 2024 Line Honey Badger TBL 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 Honey Badger TBL 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 Honey Badger TBL is an all-mountain, freestyle oriented ski, but is primarily for the park.
What is your overall impression of the ski? My overall impression of this ski is it's an absolute blast. You can take it in the park, trees, jib off those side hits, and just have fun all day.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? These are a true twin tip, so your tails are going to match your tips. As you can see, it has a decent amount of camber underneath which makes it really poppy.
What is the flex like? The flex on these is super soft. I can easily bend them and it makes them really fun and poppy because of that.
How does the ski turn? The listed turn radius is 19.5 meters. However, it has a five cut multi-radius sidecut so you can easily make short, quick turns or even go into those long radius turns.
What is the edge hold like? As far as park skis go, the edge hold on this is actually pretty well. However, you probably want to de-tune these edges a little bit if you're hitting some rails.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? It really depends on your speed with how damp this ski is. If you’re hitting a jump, you’re going to have a nice solid landing. However, if you’re really getting up there in speed, you’re going to definitely feel some chatter in the tips.
How does it feel in terms of speed? Whenever you're at a moderate speed, it feels fantastic underfoot. If you're in the park, you don't really need to be flying down the mountain. But, if that's what you're wanting to do, these are not the skis for you because you're going to get chatter in the tips and it's not going to feel stable.
How is its energy/acceleration? The energy and acceleration in these skis is pretty great. You can easily get up a good amount of speed whenever you're going for those jumps.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? This thing is so playful and you have a ton of pop off of every side hit and every jump that you're going for in the park. You're going to feel that little extra oomph whenever you pop yourself.
Is it good for skiing switch? This is absolutely the ski that you want for skiing switch, especially if you're learning switch. It's really easy to be able to get up on those edges and transition into that switch riding.
How is the ski with jumps? Honestly, this is probably one of the skis that I feel the most stable on jumps. This is the ski that I want underfoot whenever I'm doing those big jumps.
Can it handle the park and what features is it best for/should avoid? If I were going in the park, I’d honestly take these off of any feature, whether it be the pipe, rails, big air jumps, and tiny small jumps. If you're just beginning in the park, these are the skis that I would take with me.
How is it in powder? The Honey Badger TBL is only 92 underfoot, so it's not a ski that I would go to for powder days. However, if you do find some soft snow whenever you get into those trees (trust me, you're going to want to take these into the trees!) those twin tips will help you float.
How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? When you get into the chunder, that's where you're really going to feel that chatter underfoot and you're not going to feel as stable. These tips are really soft and, while they're great for a lot of other things, in the chunder it's going to make you feel unstable.
How is it skiing in the trees? How is its maneuverability? Because of the five cut multi-radius sidecut, you're going to be able to pivot in those trees really well. These maneuver very quickly. And, if you're in those tight trees, let's say you're at Eldora Mountain in Colorado, you're going to be able to pivot really quickly and just have the time of your life.
What terrain is this ski good for? These are really great for all over the mountain, but they really shine in the park. This is a fun, jibby ski, so take it off the side hits, but also take them on the boxes and the rails - that's where they're really going to shine.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it? I would definitely avoid those deep powder days - you're going to want more underfoot. And, I would avoid high speed groomers - these are not a race ski.
Who would you recommend these skis to? This ski is the one that you want in the park whether you're a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or even expert.
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? If you're a true beginner, these are not the skis that I would recommend for you to start out on.
If you could pack these skis for anywhere in the world, where would you take them? I would take them to Colorado, especially here at Copper because they have a great terrain park. However, if you're someone that's living in the Midwest and you don't have these big mountains like I have behind me, don't worry, there are great parks out there for you. You can take these there and you're going to absolutely love them.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the Honey Badger TBL is the right ski for you, chat with Allie or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.