In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt McDonald
We're not spoiled.
Powder7 staffers just try out current and popular skis every week, embark on company powder missions, crush sunny groomers en masse, and talk about skis for a living. We also go to an industry demo event every November at Loveland Ski Area to stay on top of our craft.
Ok, maybe we are spoiled. But our ski fever comes from a good place—we want to try as many products as we can in order to help you get on the right pair of skis.
So here are some of our favorites from last month's Loveland demo, just in time for you to blow through that holiday check from your mother-in-law.
Allegra: DPS Nina A99 Alchemist
Ski style: "I'm on skis, they're sliding me downhill, and ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
Highlights from the 2019 Faction skis lineup:
Along with some flashy colors schemes, Faction rolls out a Prodigy line for 2019 that features more unified construction. The company basically took the tech from last year's Prodigy 4.0 and pumped it into the narrower models in the series.
Lighter, with flax. New rocker profile, shape, and flex. At waist widths of 90, 96, 104, and 112, the Prodigy line offers burly, smooth all-mountain/big-mountain performance—a nice midpoint between the CT line and Dictators—at lower price points than the Candides.
You've now got yet another option for skiing like Candide Thovex: the CT 5.0. Offered in a 183cm length, it's a 122mm-waisted, twin-tip powder ski with a 25-meter turn radius that looks ultra ... Continue Reading
2019 Faction Prodigy 3.0 Description:
The Prodigy 3.0 comes into 2019 with a design and feel that's almost as appealing to freeride skiers as the flashy yet sleek topsheets. The new design packs tech from the Prodigy 4.0 into a narrower ski that, even in a crowded category, stands out. Poplar and Ash in the core provided energy and enough rigidity to beast through day-old mashed potatoes. True to form, Faction keeps freestyle applications in mind here. The Prodigy 3.0 is a directional twin tip with flax layers to absorb shock on landings. Tapered tips and tails plus a whole lotta rocker give the skis butter-smooth powder-surf ability, but camber and a Full Strength sidewall ensure there's enough stability and edge grip for even the strongest prodigies. The Prodigy 3.0 appeals to generally similar skiers as Faction's Candide 2.0 and 3.0, but it's more of a true all-mountain freeride ski than a freestyle ski. Think you're too old to be a prodigy? It's never too late.
2019 Faction Prodigy 3.0 Specs: