The Curated Take
I got to demo this ski at a demo day at Crystal Mountain, Washington. Out of all the skis I tried that day this one stood out the most. It was immediately intuitive to ski no matter what the terrain or speed was. The blade optics playfulness is what first stood out. It was very energetic and poppy. I found myself seeking out the side hits, popping out of turns, and jumping moguls. Usually when a ski is this playful it means it is fairly light and soft but the Blade Optic 96 does come with metal in its construction that translates to a very smooth and damp ride when riding fast through cruddy snow. It did not carve as well as other skis I tried (Volkl Mantra and Kendo take the cake there) but this ski was definitely way more fun and energetic. At 96 waist I think it is the perfect one ski quiver almost anywhere in the country. Higher snow areas might opt for the Blade Optic 104. They do have a blade optic 92 but I would still choose the 96 since it has the metal. I am confident skiers of any skill level will have a blast on the Line Blade Optic 96.
- Versatile and accessible one ski quiver that can do it all
- The rare combination of playful and stable
- Very poppy
- Doesnt carve as well as more specific skis for it
- Less float than its bigger 104 width brother
The Line Blade Optic 96 Skis are the perfect choice for those who love to ski at high speeds with confidence. These skis are part of the Blade Optic collection and feature Gas Pedal Metal Overdive™ technology, making them incredibly powerful and reliable. The chevron shape of Titanal underfoot expands into the forebody and rear of the ski, providing exceptional edge grip on hard snow while delivering a smooth ride in cut-up snow and chop.
- Gas Pedal Metal Overdive™ technology provides unmatched power and reliability.
- Chevron shape of Titanal underfoot expands into forebody and rear for exceptional edge grip on hard snow.
- Narrowest ski in the Blade Optic collection.