LINE VISION 108
Lengths: 175, 183, 189
More info: lineskis.com
"Do you see the whole mountain as your playground? Whether you’re a young park rat looking to take your skills away from manicured jumps, or a mature skier wishing to reignite your forgotten youthful side, the Line Vision 108 is for you. In a sport where there is a ski to fill every possible niche, Line has created something that truly deserves the title of quiver killer. At 108 millimetres underfoot, with traditional camber and an early-rise tip and tail, this playful ski encouraged me to embrace my inner child. A soft, lightweight ski with a poppy flex, the Vision felt most at home mashing pillows, buttering rollers, and generally utilizing every transition available, while always nudging me to find something, anything, to catch air off of. The cherry on top is that it was surprisingly stable and forgiving on steep, consequential terrain, and when landing big drops, if I stayed on top of it. No ski is without its shortcomings, though, and I found that due to its soft nature, the Vision underperformed while charging through chop, and was prone to washing out when I found myself in the backseat while skiing aggressively. But, while the Vision isn’t the best charger out there, it seems to have no interest in such things, and prefers to naturally guide you towards what’s playful at all times." —Darryl Hunt
Reviewer’s Rating: On Piste: 7/10 • Off Piste: 7/10
Average Rating: On Piste: 7/10 • Off Piste: 7.5/10
Age: 36 / Height: 6’1” / Weight: 220 lbs / Occupation: Silviculture Worker
Once an avid and competitive park skier from Ontario, Darryl Hunt made the westward pilgrimage to bounce around various ski towns in B.C. at the age of 18, where he kept his jib skis but embraced wider boards to begin exploring beyond the ropes and dabbling in big mountain competitions. Now a silviculture worker in the summer and full-time ski bum in the winter, Hunt constantly works on evolving his skiing, and rekindled his love of hot-lapping chairlifts last winter after spending a handful of years skiing exclusively in the backcountry. He’s ridden a diverse range of planks in all sorts of shapes and profiles over the years, but for his daily driver has more recently gravitated towards a stiffer ski that’s flat underfoot with early rise in the tip and tail. Whereas for touring, he prefers a softer and lighter offering, but with a similar camber profile.