Expert Review: 2024 Line Pandora 94 Skis [with Video]Published on 09/10/2023 · 7 min readSkiing Expert Charlotte Hauser tested the 2024 Line Pandora 94 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Expert Charlotte H. got her hands on the 2024 Line Pandora 94 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 Pandora 94 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 is marketing this as an advanced to expert, directional, all-mountain, lightweight ski.
What is your overall impression of the ski? I had a lot of fun skiing these skis. I found that because they were 94 underfoot, as we accumulated powder today, they did a really nice job floating through that. They were really maneuverable through trees. We skied some more challenging double black runs, and I got to take them onto some groomers and blues. They were really cruisy, really easy to control, and just a good time.
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? These skis have a ton of camber underfoot, which I really felt because they were really launching me off of jumps. As you can see between these skis, there is a big gap between them - that's the camber and that's going to add extra pop and energy into your turns. It was definitely very evident right from the moment I clicked into them. As I was heading down, they were actually encouraging me to take more risks, to go off more side hits, and to be a little more poppy and more playful on my way down the mountain because they felt like I had a really stable base to catch me underfoot.
What is the flex like? For a ski that's mostly made of Aspen with carbon fingers running down, they feel more stiff than you might expect. The Aspen keeps them nice and light and very maneuverable while that carbon adds a little bit of oomph. So, you can really push into them, but not be nervous that they're going to give out on you.
How does the ski turn? These skis turned pretty intuitively, pretty easily. They're pretty maneuverable - I was able to hop and weave through tighter spaces and they felt like they could handle it no problem. They're not quite as maneuverable as the Pandora 84 is because of their wider waist, but I would add a little flotation to sacrifice a little bit of maneuverability on a day like today.
What is the edge hold like? I found that on a harder packed surface with some extra fluff on top, these did really well in terms of edge hold. For a more moderate pace skier and someone who is taking it a little bit easier, you're going to be really satisfied with the edge hold on these skis. However, you won't have the edge hold you want if you are someone who's really pushing the boundaries in terms of speed and edge angulation on a steeper, icier groomer.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? We had a lot of kicked up, heavy, wet snow. Today, it's like 35 degrees and snowing, so you can imagine how heavy this powder is on top. They did pretty well in chunder-y areas, more variable conditions. I didn't feel a lot of chatter underfoot.
How does it feel in terms of speed? Skiing these today, I was making short and long radius turns at different speeds, and I felt like they did great.
How is its energy/acceleration? I found the amount of energy that these skis pack to be really interesting because they were shooting me off of little side hits and jumps and adding a lot of playfulness to my more conservative ski style. However, when I took them in tighter trees, in an area where I might be a little bit hesitant to be on a ski that's really playful and energetic because of how tight the trees were, they felt more easygoing. They felt like I was in charge and they were just there to assist me through getting down.
Is it good for skiing switch? This is not your switch ski. Looking at the tails, there's next to no rocker and they're not a true twin tip. So, this is one of those skis from Line that you're not going to be skiing switch with.
How is the ski with jumps? These were so fun on jumps and so stable on landings to the point where I was taking more risks and feeling more confident sending it off of things because I knew they would be there to catch me when I landed.
Can it handle the park and what features is it best for/should avoid? I love these for jumps. Would I spend the entire day in the park with them? No. But, I love them for natural features across the mountain.
How is it in powder? Though these skis are 94 underfoot, they feel really well geared for the entire mountain. They have slightly wider tips and I felt that they added a little bit of flotation on these couple inches that we got throughout the afternoon.
Though these did great in a couple inches, these wouldn't be the ski I would pick on a true powder day. I'd probably go something 100 or wider, as compared to these 94s.
How is it skiing in the trees? How is its maneuverability? I was really able to slash and play in whatever way I wanted through tighter spaces.
What terrain is this ski good for? I love these skis for a day when you're out here enjoying the entire mountain - for a day when you want to start on the groomers and just get your feet underneath you, pop off some side hits, and hop into trees. And, if it snows a little bit, these skis have you covered.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it? These aren’t a deep powder ski. Though they can handle some powder, they're not for the deepest of days. They are not for the park, and they're not for someone who's really just starting out. If you are a beginner but want a ski that you can progress into, I would suggest going with the Pandora 84s because they'll give you a little more mobility and agility underfoot, whereas these are a little bit more cumbersome to get turning.
Who would you recommend these skis to? I think these are great skis for anyone who wants to have fun skiing - anyone who's skiing across the board and wants a ski that really can do it all. It's not a power player in any area in particular, but it does everything really well.
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? These are not a ski racer’s ski, these are not a park skier’s ski, and these are not a powder skier’s ski. These are the average, everyday person out here skiing all the runs in a single day kind of ski.
If you could pack these skis for anywhere in the world, where would you take them? I think these skis are awesome for out here in Colorado. I think they're great for a day in Utah, I love them for Tahoe, I love them for the East Coast, and I love them for Vermont. I think they're a crowd pleaser across the board.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the Pandora 94 is the right ski for you, chat with Charlotte or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.