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Line Skis Sir Francis Bacon is now firmly established as a classic freeride ski as we discovered on our on snow test in Austria when checking out the new 2015-16 ski season edition.

Best for
Advanced to expert skiers looking for a one ski do it all freeride ski
172, 178, 184, 190
Overall Score

Knowledge is power according to Francis Bacon, the English philosopher - but in the case of Line Skis, we'd suggest knowledge is the ability to design a 'one ski does it all' product that rips around the whole mountain making light of anything in its way. They seem to have managed to get that right.

In this case, knowledge is power to the skier in pretty much any kind of terrain possible. Our team found them easy to use in a wide variety of conditions from piste to powder whilst maintaining a strength of character that puts them right up there with the very best freeride skis on the market.

A confirmed performer that keeps on giving, said one of our team.

They feel light and nimble to turn, especially for their size and comfortably secure under foot, with plenty of floatation in the softer stuff.

The construction consists of a full wood core utilising both maple and aspen and both a tip and tail early rise rocker help make both turn initiation easy on-piste and provide extra float in powder - it also helps for riding backwards.

Occasionally the Sir Francis Bacon splits opinion and they don't suit all types of skier - they are probably inclined towards the heavier, more powerful skier than a lighter one.

Conclusion - our test team agreed that they deserve their place in the freeride ski hall of fame, should that particular thing actually ever exist.