Expert Review: Line Pandora 94 Skis · 2022

Published on 01/27/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I bought with my own money in February 2021.
Niki P, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Niki P

Photo courtesy of Niki P.

About this review This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I bought with my own money in February 2021. For information on the latest model of this ski, check out Jessica and Sara's 2023 Expert Review.

My take

If I had to choose a one-ski quiver, it would be the Line Pandora 94 Skis. They are lightweight and float well in powder, while still having great edge control for groomers. I have taken them everywhere from park to moguls to tree skiing, and they have never failed to provide me with an amazing day.

Photo courtesy of Niki P.

About the gear

  • Model: 2022 Line Pandora 94
  • Size: 165

About me

  • Height: 5’4”
  • Weight: 170 lbs
  • Experience: 23 years

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: February 2021
  • Days tested: 80+
  • Mount position: Recommended
  • Boots: 2021 K2 Mindbender 130
  • Boot Size: 24.5
  • Bindings: 2022 Tyrolia Attack
  • Where I’ve used it: Steamboat Springs, Sun Valley, Alta, Snowbasin, Park City, Heavenly, Sugar Bowl, Big Sky
  • Terrain: Everywhere; powder, moguls, groomers, terrain park

How it performs

Turn Ease
High Speed Stability

What I was looking for

As a ski instructor, I am always looking at the gear that is going to provide me with the best time all around. I also am looking for affordable gear because the ski bum life ain’t cheap, nor does it provide a large income. The Line Pandora’s were affordable and versatile which is what really drew me to them.

Why I chose this gear

I picked this ski because the 94 underfoot is wide enough to play in powder and crud, while not being too wide for groomers and on-piste skiing. They also look cool which is always a plus, especially when looking for your skis on a busy day. I wanted something super playful since I have spent my life skiing on race-type skis so the partial twin tip allowed that without putting me on a full twin tip ski.

Awesome day of skiing on the Line Pandora 94s. Photo courtesy of Niki P.

The Line Pandora 94s. Photo courtesy of Niki P.

What I love about it

  • Turns: Turns at any speed and radius are do-able and super fun on these skis. The higher speed long turns are slightly chattery as I mentioned above but considering how versatile these skis are a little chatter is okay.
  • Groomers: Groomers are breeze on these skis. Long turns, short turns, side hits, anything these can handle it. These aren’t going to be your go-to race ski for groomers. They can hold their own on fresh cord and in the crud but if you’re looking to run gates I wouldn’t pick these out first.
  • Powder: While not a traditional 100+ mm underfoot, the 94 underfoot on these make them float well in champagne powder. On wetter powder, they struggle a little in.
  • Trees: With the quick turning and the fast response time, these are awesome tree skis.
  • Moguls: These are great mogul skis! Turn initiation is quick while skill having an underfoot that can handle a bit of fresh snow.
  • Park: The lightness of the skis make it super poppable in the park and on side hits. I wouldn’t necessarily turn to these skis for riding rails, but rails also aren’t really my cup of tea.
  • Backcountry: I have not taken these skis into the backcountry, but from what I can tell they are light enough to mount a touring binding on and be okay.
  • Durability: The topsheet of these have a little damage due to hitting branches while glade skiing, but for having skied almost 100 days on them, they are still in like-new condition!
  • Weight: Super lightweight skis! I could carry these across parking lots all day or climb to peaks with them on my shoulder with no problem. While being lightweight they still are great at speed.
  • Switch riding: The partial twin tip makes switch riding pretty easy, especially coming from flat-tailed skis. They perform pretty similarly to a full twin tip when riding switch.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Edge hold: On the ice, they don’t have the best edge hold but depending on the tune they get the hold can be bettered. I’ve skied on mine over 100 days so the edges are getting dull and I could use a tune more than once a season.
  • Stability: These are slightly chattery at high speeds, especially on groomers and icy days which is one downfall that I’ve found.

Favorite moment with this gear

The first time I skied on these was a powder day in Steamboat Springs. I was unsure of how they would perform in deep powder but they held their flotation amazingly through glade skiing. I also dropped my first cliff with these bad boys and never was worried that they would not respond to what I put them through.

Value for the money vs. other options

I think Line makes awesome skis for the price point that they’re at! They keep it affordable while letting you look cool on the slopes as well as giving you a high-quality product. They are always the first place I look for skis! Other comparable skis are the Elan Ripstick 94, Head Kore 93, and the K2 Mindbenders 90C Alliance.

Final verdict

The Line Pandora 94s are amazing. If skiers are looking for a one-quiver ski to ski all over, these are the ones to pick up. They float and pop, and overall are a great, versatile ski.

For information on the latest model of this ski, check out Jessica and Sara's 2023 Expert Review.

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