Updated: Jan 25
By Greg Gardner and Pete Williams
Best Price (2021 Version): $419.98 evo
Length Tested: 172
Test Bindings: Marker Griffon and Marker Barron
Test Locations: Alta UT, Solitude UT, Jackson Hole WY, Stowe VT and many more
Technical Terrain: 8
Less Than Ideal Conditions: 5
The Line Sir Francis Bacon has been a staple in the ski community since its debut in 2006. The Sir Francis Bacon was designed by professional skier, Eric Pollard, to help implement tricks into backcountry skiing applications. When it initially debuted the ski was a wide twin tip coming in at 115mm underfoot. Since then, the flagship model has seen several overhauls in which it took on several different sixes of 108mm underfoot, 104mm underfoot and most recently 107mm underfoot. Our tester, Pete, has the 2013 version, which was 108mm underfoot. While this is not the most modern version of the ski, we still choose to review it as the more recent versions follow similar lines, and the fact that Pete is still on them speaks to the longevity of these skis as a whole. The Sir Francis Bacon is the perfect ski for the intermediate to advanced skier looking for a versatile all mountain ski that will perform well when faced with deeper conditions.
The Sir Francis Bacon was designed with a 16m sidecut radius which provides snappy turns on the hardpack. While it was not designed for skiing groomers specifically, the Bacon can hold its own. Its rocker camber rocker profile provides skiers with a medium effective edge, meaning it will ski shorter than a carving specific ski, but longer than a more rockered powder type ski. This in turn provides enough edge hold to create deep arcs if you are an experienced skier. At speed, Pete reported minimal chatter likely due to the dampening technology that Line included in these skis. If you come from the east coast, the 108mm width may be a bit counterintuitive for icy conditions, however if you only are skiing in the east occasionally you will be able to get by. Overall, the Sir Francis Bacons perform up to expectations for a ski of this size on the groomers.
If you are a big fan of mogul skiing, the Bacons may not be for you. This in large part is due to their width which can be very cumbersome between bumps. However, their rocker profile does help to 'shorten' the ski and create more maneuverability. That being said, if you are looking for a ski to perform better in moguls with a similar shape, we would suggest opting for a skinnier option like the Bent Chetler 100 or the Pioneer 96.
The Sir Francis Bacons were designed with powder skiing in mind. With their 108 width and rocker in the tips and tails the bacons have the ability to float with ease through deeper conditions. Pete had these skis during a 78 inch storm in Utah. While they aren't the 'traditional' 120 underfoot powder ski they provided enough float to have plenty of fun and prevent leg fatigue in super deep conditions. Personally, I think that the width is plenty for in bounds powder skiing as it provides enough float for deep days, and still has the versatility needed for end of the day conditions that a 120mm ski would not.
In technical terrain the Bacons perform exceptionally. Their 16m sidecut and medium effective edge provide the necessary maneuverability and reliability to get through the tightest runs with confidence. Additionally, the rocker helps when hitting unavoidable obstacles by allowing the ski to go right over. If it's a powder day, you are in luck as the Bacons maneuverability in conjunction with its powder performance is exceptional for staying in control on technical lines when the snow is a bit heavy.
The Sir Francis Bacon was not designed as a park ski, but instead a ski to implement freestyle tricks in a natural feature environment. As a result, the ski uses a twin tipped profile allowing skiers to land and ski switch. Additionally, the skis have a fairly low swing weight making spins and maneuvers easier. That being said the Bacon is not the ski to buy if you are spending a ton of time in the park
The Line Sir Francis Bacon is the perfect ski for an intermediate or advanced skier looking for a versatile all mountain ski that can handle deeper conditions. These skis are a jack of all and master of none, and will be great in west coast type conditions. If you are looking for a more versatile ski, it may be wiser to opt for a slightly slimmer ski like the Icelantic Pioneer or Bent Chetler 100. However, if you are frequently skiing in deep conditions, the Bacons can not be beat!