Line Sakana Skis
LINE and Eric Pollard have come together yet again to produce the Sakana: a 105mm-waisted swallowtail that embraces the deep-snow DNA of the Pescado. With a unique shape that encourages a wide variety of turn shapes and reinforced with a Carbon Flax Tape for added edge hold, the Sakana Skis are equally at home maneuvering tight trees as they are opening it up on the windbuff of the high alpine. Shift perspective and embrace a fluid, refined ski experience unlike any other.
Side Cut:15 Avg. m
Core Construction:Partly Cloudy Core
- 5-Cut™ Geometry
- Directional Flex™
- Partly Cloudy™ Core
Not one, not two but FIVE different radii shapes are blended into the ski's overall sidecut to give you that intuitive control & unlimited turn shape.
The softer tip floats & initiates turns easily while the stiffer tail provides power, stability & high speed control.
PARTLY CLOUDY CORE™
A blend of light weight wood creating the best strength to weight ratio we offer.
SAKANA BY LINE SKIS & ERIC POLLARD
Two years ago, Eric Pollard and LINE introduced the Pescado: an oversized powder ski with a swallowtail and massive fore body. The Pescado marked a drastic departure from the existing trajectory of one of the longest and most fruitful partnerships in ski design between LINE and Eric Pollard. After years of skiing and testing, LINE realized that the same design ethos that birthed the Pescado should not be limited to merely powder-specific applications.
Enter the Sakana: an all-new ski bred from the same DNA as the Pescado – only tailored towards a more all-mountain experience. Featuring a similarly styled tail knockout, the Sakana is a resolute paradigm shift ski design. At 105mm underfoot and featuring the same geometric principles of the Pescado, the Sakana can exhibit a variety of turn shapes. We introduced a Carbon Flax Weave and continued with the pushed back mounting point, allowing a skier to size down without losing edge-grip and power across all terrain and snow conditions.
We’re shapers, designers, and skiers. We’ve made it our mission to draw inspiration in realms previously ignored by our industry counterparts. And with the LINE Sakana, we have planted our flag firmly outside of the traditional dialectic of ski design.
- Lengths (cm): 174, 181
- Shape (mm): 150-105-138
- Sidecut Avg (m): 15m @ 174cm
- Stance (mm): -80 @ 174cm
- Profile (mm): 10-4-0
- Core: Partly Cloudy™ - A mix of tip to tail Paulownia & Maple wood
- Base: 1.3 mm
- Flex: Directional
- Geometry: 5Cut™
- Construction: Sidewall
- Additives: Carbon Flax Tape; Aluminum Tail
- Edge (mm): 2.1 x 2
SAKANA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What influenced Eric Pollard to design this ski?
Eric Pollard is a skier, a surfer and snowboarder who enjoys the beauty of a turn. This ski is the result of that pursuit to dictate what kind of tracks you’d like to leave on the mountain.
WHY THE SHORTER SIZES?
Because of the Volume Shift Principle:With a wide nose that planes easily over soft snow and an elongated effective edge combine to create a ski that can be sized down without sacrificing performance. In comparison the 174 will ski much like a ski in the 180cm range and the 181 will be closer to feeling like a ski in the 190cm range. In this case size doesn’t matter, it’s how you use it.
WHAT’S IN IT? ADDITIVES & THEIR ADVANTAGES
The Carbon/Flax Taping helps with the snappy feel and torsional stiffness at higher speeds, creating a stable platform. The damp high frequency vibrations and give the ski a more controlled, snappy feel. Flax itself is a really damp material, and pairing that dampness with the rigidity of Carbon gives you a much more controlled ski at any speed.
WHAT’S UP WITH THE AWESOME LOOKING SHAPE?
The aluminum Swallow Tail cuts down on weight and plunges the tail in soft snow, while the wide nose helps the tips plane. The shape and flex encourage variety of turn shapes. The ski can play at slow speeds, and engages quickly.
WHO DID THE AMAZING ART?
Eric Pollard not only drives the shape and performance of the ski, he also creates the art. A mix of matte & gloss inks creates a rich piece of art (you can ski on) with nods to fish of the northwest in the line art and the tail scales. The tip logo is a combination of Eric’s EP logo and the Japanese Kanji symbol for fish.
WHO IS THIS SKI FOR?
The Sakana has no age limit or specific skier that will enjoy it. Every type of skier will enjoy this ski for it’s intuitive shape and energy. We have gotten rave reviews from traditional ex-racers to young new-wave freestyle skiers who are looking to surf the mountain. Warren Miller said “A pair of skis are the ultimate transformation to freedom” and this ski does just that, it give you the freedom to paint the mountain as you choose it.
WHAT’S THE MEDIA SAYING ABOUT IT?
The Sakana has won a variety of awards in media whose testers and readers are focused on many different types of skiing. Freeskier Magazine loved its playful feel while Powder Magazine’s testers enjoyed its deep sidecut and variety of terrain it excels in. Blister Gear notes, “The edge hold on smooth groomers felt very good, and I had an absolute blast carving quick turns down the wide groomers under Telluride’s Village Express lift.”
The Line Sakana is one of the 13 Best Skis of the Year in the 2019 POWDER Buyer’s Guide.
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