Too good to be true.
Faction's Prime 4.0 Ski has a remarkable combination of weighing very little for 1500 meter backcountry ascents and riding very hard for freeriding the resort on a powder day. That's right, this ski transcends the lines between backcountry and resort even though you were told never to duck that line. This meticulously crafted plan has a versatile design that rides most conditions with equal prowess. A 118mm waist gives this ski the fattest plank award in Faction's Prime lineup, meaning it definitely rides best when the snow's soft, deep, and powdery. The heavily rocker tip and tail navigate the backcountry's powder stashes with ease, and there's enough camber underfoot to give you an edge on the occasional icy section.
It's pretty surprising that Faction could make such a fat ski that weighs around four pounds per plank. The Prime achieves such a phenomenal weight with its hybrid wood core comprised of balsa with flax fibers that deliver a stiff flex (9/10 on Faction's flex scale). Just like any light ski, the Prime 4.0 has two carbon laminates to assure the proper stiffness required for charging without chattering. Faction was even able to add a titanal plate where you mount your bindings so they don't pop off after a few seasons. The ski's Microcap construction is similar to a durable sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls, except the edges dip down ever so slightly to increase durability.
- Freeride ski rides resort or backcountry with equal prowess
- Fat 118mm waist has a penchant for powder
- Rocker tip & tail navigate soft, deep snow with ease
- Camber underfoot holds an edge on the occasional icy section
- Multi-dimension sidecut allows a tight or wide turn radius
- Hybrid wood core keeps the ski around three pounds each
- Textreme carbon laminates ensure a moderate flex