For the 2014/2015 season Line brought us a truly mature and well-rounded all mountain ski line up with the Line Supernatural series. While these skis tested through the roof with just about every tester in every test (check out what our reviewers had to say about them), it seems like these skis aren’t getting the respect and admiration they deserve with the masses. So we wanted to help explain what makes the Supernatural skis out of this world and give a comparison to some better known models that are similar, but at the same time, quite different.
The Line Supernatural skis come in a variety flavors, but the key models we are going to dive into are the 108, 100, and 92. The Supernatural 108 is for the adventurous skier, at 108mm underfoot and has a significant amount of rocker for fantastic off trail performance. From there the 100, skinnies up to 100mm underfoot, making it a true 50/50 ski for skiers that will be splitting time on and off trail. By reducing the rocker and tip taper, the 100 is a true on trail carver but still is playful in soft snow. Lastly, the 92 rounds out the models we will dive into. At 92mm underfoot this is geared for skiers who want a predictable all mountain ski, but spend most of their time on trail.
Let’s start with what makes the Supernatural series such a fantastic family of skis from top to bottom. It begins with Line not over complicating the ski design process. By sticking to a traditional wood core/vertical sidewall construction, Line makes sure all the Supernatural skis, even the 108, can really grip on firm snow. To the classic (and best, in my opinion) construction they add a few modern flourishes that really make the Supernaturals ski amazing. The first of these is the addition of a layer of metal, known as the Metal Matrix, which is shaped to only put metal where you need it in the skis, adding tons of stability without making the skis difficult to ski or flex. The second, and by far the coolest, is the brand new shockwall sidewall. Never before used in an all mountain ski, shockwall is an elastomer sidewall that compliments the metal in the ski by smoothing out the overall ski feel and absorbing tons of shock and vibration. As an added bonus the shockwall also seems to build energy and return it at the end of the turn meaning your skiing is more efficient and takes less effort. Now that we know what makes all the Supernatural skis special, let’s dive into how they ski and compare to one of their familiar competitors.
Supernaturals vs Blizzard All Mountain Skis
These skis are very comparable on paper, but have a few key differences on the slopes. The Blizzard Cochise has been leading the pack for the past 3-4 seasons as one of the best all-around skis for charging skiers that prefer to ski off trail. It is a demanding ski that excels in chop, crusted over powder, and stability at speed. As a result many skiers have shied away from the Cochise due to the energy required to ski it all day long. That is exactly where the Supernatural 108 steps in. It retains almost all
the power and energy of the Cochise, but does it in a much more manageable package. The 108, thanks in large part to the metal matrix and shockwall, stores energy better and requires less effort to engage a turn. As slightly softer ski than the Cochise it will float with more ease for skiers still working on their technique in powder. All three of these elements also make the 108 much more manageable on firm snow, really allowing the skier to drive the ski and control the turn shape in any variety of medium to long turn shapes you would want to make.
Final Verdict: Charging skiers will still prefer the Cochise, where as skiers who want a ski they can occasionally relax on will prefer the Supernatural 108.
This is where the two series start to diverge in waist width, but are still aimed at the same skier type. The Blizzard Bonafide has stood out as one of the best and most popular 50/50 on trail off trail skis out there today. It is basically a giant slalom race ski in a wide package, meaning it is meant for skiers who want stable medium to big turns and a ski that prefers high speeds. Competing against the Bonafide, one of my all-time favorites, is no small task but the Supernatural 100 has no problems with
the competition. With a slightly wider and more modern 100mm platform the Supernatural 100 has all the stability you could ever as for in a perfect all-around ski. However, the most impressive part of the 100 isn’t how well it skis, which is absolutely does, but how easy it is to ski. Where the Bonafide demands you pay attention at all times the shockwall on the Supernatural 100 mellows everything out and allows you to take in the scenery as much as it allows you to rip full speed carves in any snowpack.
Final Verdict: If you have a strong racing background the Bonafide still reigns supreme in this category. If you want a ski that handles with ease at low speed but you cannot out ski the Supernatural 100 is for you.
With the largest difference in waist width, 88mm vs 92mm, these don’t seem like natural competitors. However, the 92 and the Brahma have a lot more in common then it initially seems. Of all three comparisons these two skis are the most similar at the end of the day. The Brahma excels as an on-trail ski that can carve on anything with unfailing edge hold. Thanks to slight taper and rocker in the tip, the Brahma also handles crud, crust and light
powder with the ease and stability you would expect from a sidewall ski with metal in it. Even though the Supernatural 92 is slightly wider, the construction allows it to be quick edge to edge with similar edge hold to the Brahma. The rocker profile, shockwall, and metal matrix provide the same stability in chop, crud and light powder as well.
Final Verdict: These skis are both fantastic and so similar that it’s hard to suggest one over the other. The real question you need to ask yourself is do you prefer red or blue.