Pat Guinnwrote a review of Faction Skis Prime 3.0 Ski - Men's on January 25, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I skied my new Faction Prime 3.0's for the first time last weekend and I was thoroughly impressed. I mounted them up with Marker Kingpin 13's and although this is my new touring setup, I decided to ski them inbounds at Snowbird on their inaugural outing (mostly because avalanche conditions have been heinous here in Utah this season). I was blown away with how light they are, the 182 is listed at 3 lbs 13 oz and I've got the 177 cm length so they are probably a few ounces lighter than that. For a ski that is relatively fat at 108 mm underfoot they are incredibly light and I was thinking to myself "there is no way that a ski this light can perform well", but the wizards over at Faction somehow figured it out. I skied them all day on everything from groomers to cut up pow, to chunder and they handled it all incredibly well. I even tested out their top speed on Regulator Johnson, the steepest, fastest run at Snowbird, and they held their own surprisingly well; I never felt like I didn't have enough ski under me. For being so light this ski still packs a punch; I would say that they are a medium-stiff flex, so they aren't exactly 2x4's, but they are beefy enough to handle just about anything that you can throw at them, while still being forgiving and fun to ski.
Where I felt they really excelled was in tight areas like chutes. The tail is flat and has a notch so that you can attach skins easily, but it also has a bit of rocker that angles it up a little, so for being a more traditional shape they still pivot and jump turn really well in tight spaces. These are going to be an awesome couloir ski.
Although I haven't had a chance to tour on them yet, with the weight I can already tell they are going to be a night and day difference from my previous setup (Salomon Guardians on some Moment Jaguar Sharks), which is roughly twice the weight. I'll update my review once I take them on their maiden voyage in the backcountry.
In summary, although this is a ski built for the backcountry, I was thoroughly impressed with their performance inbounds at high speeds, and I can't wait to see what they can do in the backcountry.