How’d the little brother of the critically acclaimed Line Supernatural 115 (formerly named the Influnce) fare in our test sessions? Check this for the full report…
Line Supernatural 108
Defining tester quote: “Great blend of playfulness and power”
The Line Influence 115 (now renamed the Supernatural) has been an Earlyups favorite for the past two seasons. This season, Line is releasing the more agile little brother to the 115 with the 108. In nearly every way it is the exact same ski, less 7mm in every dimension and the exclusion of the longer 192 size. Much like the Influence 115, the Line Supernatural 108 is designed to be a go-to ski regardless of conditions with a little more hard snow prowess than the bigger 115.
- Size: 186
- Tip: 137
- Mid: 108
- Tail: 126
- Weight: 5.2lbs/ski
- Radius: 24.4M
- Camber: early rise tail, camber, early rise tip
- Taper: moderate tip taper
- Construction: wood/metal
- Flex: stiff-ish
- Testers: Brines, Byl, Nelson (all whom ski the 115 as their everyday ski)
Summary: A no frills do everything ski. Easy to ski, playful, well balanced and damp. Not the best of the test in deep snow but easy to drive in harder snow – especially when terrain tightens up.
Buy if…You live somewhere like Colorado or even the East Coast and want something that you can confidently drive in a variety of firmer conditions but doesn’t let you down in softer conditions.
Look elsewhere if…Your mountain gets more than 400″ of snow a year (and this is your only ski), you want the surfiest thing out there, you want the most charger thing out there, you need something longer than a 186.
This ski was tested by three skiers ranging in weight from 175-200lbs.
Would you buy this ski? Yes – 1 No – 2 (they preferred the 115)
Rating: 3.5 (good)
The Supernatural 108 skied exactly like expected – a shorter, narrower version of the Influence 115. This ski was primarily skied in spring like conditions, with a bit of refrozen chunder, powder, and crud thrown in for good measure. The ski did two things in a stand out manner – 1) bump skiing. “I could rock zippers like I was back in college…” said one tester. 2) “Tight” technical skiing especially in skied out powder day conditions. Post lunch on a powder day at Jackson this ski was a blast. Especially in tighter more technical terrain where I was rewarded for being on the narrower/shorter Supernatural 108. I could also lap the park without feeling all that weird. It skied backwards okay and although not park specific you can certainly make the most of park laps unlike many other skis in this test.
However, here are the downsides to the ski – the 108 didn’t have the nerve of the 115 at higher speed (as it was shorter/narrower), didn’t float or smear turns as well, the tips would dive in certain snow conditions (likely due to the size) and I didn’t have near the “go ski anything in any conditions” confidence I found on the 115.
That said, Jackson Hole is a special place. Most mountains don’t have the same terrain, vertical and snowfall Jackson does (queue the haters). Growing up in Colorado and faced with the decision between the 115 and 108 the decision would be easy – 108 all day long. For a place like Loveland, Vail, A-Basin or Winter Park, I’d rather be on a slightly more manageable ski.
Here is the best way to determine if this ski is for you. Go read our Influence 115 review (here). If this sounds like a ski you’d like, but your mountain gets less than 350″ of snow or you have a more pow specific stick and aren’t looking for “one to rule them all” go for it. On the contrary, if your mountain sees north of 350″ a year and you have the strength to deal with a 115mm ski day in day out, go with the bigger brother as it is a more rewarding ski in deep conditions.