Prime 3.0 Ski
Faction's Prime 3.0 Ski has that uncommon combination of a light weight and a stiff performance that both backcountry and resort freeriders can agree on. This meticulously crafted plan has a versatile design that rides most conditions with equal prowess. A 108-millimeter waist places this ski smack dab in the middle of Faction's Prime lineup, meaning it's neither too fat nor too skinny for most conditions—although it certainly has a penchant for powder, but who doesn't? 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. Even the multi-dimensional sidecut assists this ski's versatility, with the ability to carve tight turns in narrow couloirs and open wider turns down large aprons.
It's pretty surprising that Faction could make such a versatile ski that only weighs under four pounds per stick. The Prime achieves such a phenomenal weight with its hybrid wood core comprised of balsa, flax fibers, and poplar that delivers a moderate flex. Just like any superlight ski, the Prime 3.0 has a carbon laminate 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.
- Freeride ski rides resort or backcountry with equal prowess
- Medium 108mm waist has a penchant for powder
- Rocker tip and 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 is lightweight yet powerful
- Carbon laminate offers a stiff, stable feel
- Skin tab at tail for fast, easy transitions
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- Q & A
The most versatile backcountry ski.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I thought there was nothing ever that new with skis these days. Wrong. The Prime has a straighter charging shape that holds a high speed line yet the very progressive gradual early rise in the tip and tail let it be surfy and pivoty even ad low speeds when it gets tight and techy. Damp and predictable for a solid skier yet light enough to climb line after line in a day. It holds an edge like no other in steep icy couloirs in Cham yet plays and power slides powder when it is deep. It's my favorite ski yet.