Don't be fooled by the Line Prophet series of skis. Just because they have a flipped up tail and are probably found next to the park and pipe skis in your local ski shop doesn't mean they ski like a twin tip. The all new Line Prophet 85 for 2013 is no exception to this. While at first glance the Prophet 85 looks like a park/pipe ski, it is far from it.
This ski features the same tried and true construction as the Line Prophet 90 and 98 but is 118 in the shovel, 85 in the waist, and 108 in the tail. The Prophet is a directional twin in two regards; its preferred mounting position is set back from the skis center and it features a directional flex, meaning it is soft in the shovel and stiffer in the tail. Additionally, the Prophet 85 is a Maple and Aspen woodcore with a layer of titanal. Much like its bigger brothers, the 85 has a capped construction in the shovel and tail with a vertical sidewall underfoot. While the capped construction is responsive and lightweight the vertical sidewall under the foot helps the ski remain surefooted at any speed and any snow condition.
I've loved the Prophet series of skis since their inception because they are fast, stable, damp (yet playful), and surprisingly quick edge to edge no matter the width. Don't get me wrong, the Prophet 85 is a tremendously fun, stable, energetic ski with a lot of personality but the Prophet 90 just has too much street credibility for the 85 to gain any momentum right now. I can tell you as a ski salesman, people are very comfortable buying skis between 90 and 100 mm wide. Sorry Prophet 85, but you may have to ride the bench this season.
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Ski Haus, Inc.
1611 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509