Advanced level freeride skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 2955
"What I look for in my ultimate freeride ski is plenty of float, maneuverability and playfulness. And you should be able to lay some trenches on the slopes as well. Weight reduction is all important for easy turning in difficult circumstances."
When I took the Line Sir Francis Bacon out for testing, I immediately plunged into deep powder snow. Why? Because it was there. The skis turn very easily but they lack a tittle bit in floatation. After that it only got better and better. In chopped-up snow the Bacon performs really well. It handles humps of snow effortlessly without becoming unsteady. And then on to the piste. I was really surprised at what a tight turns the Bacon can carve. Lean into the curve, get the power on and these skis behave like they were made for the hard pack.
Almost an all-mountain ski
On piste the Line Sir Francis Bacon handles more easily than most all-mountain skis. But it is still wide enough to perform well off-piste. Therefore it is a ski that will perform on any day in any circumstances because of the combination of early rise tip and tail and camber in the middle. Maybe on a very icy piste it may loose some grip. But definitely good enough for a 4 star rating.
Line about the Sir Francis Bacon
"For the skier whose playground is the entire mountain. This is Eric Pollard’s award winning everyday ski which now features Cloud Core™. Eric struck a perfect balance between fun, float & grip. The Sir Francis Bacon Skis Early Rise design keeps you floating in powder forwards & backwards with a nice springy tip & tail for big ollies and smooth butters. Its reliable flex under foot & deep sidecut provides edge hold to pass racers on the downhill course with a smile on your face . . . backwards. If you’re a looking for a powder ski, but still want the all-mountain ski performance to throw tricks on any terrain, just add bacon!", says Line. I don't ski backwards very often so I can't comment on that ability. But otherwise I agree: a nice, lively ski with a lot of edge drip and considerable float in powder.
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