Why we chose the Faction Prodigy 1.0: Fun, lively, versatile
Lengths (cm): 158, 164, 171, 178 & 184
Sidecut (mm): 120 / 88 / 112 (178 cm)
Radius: 15m (178 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,770g
Price: £469 / €469 / $500
The Faction Prodigy 1.0 has long been the go-to ski for many of Faction’s star-studded freestyle team. The Prodigy 1.0 (and 1.0 X for women) has joined this team on countless Olympic, X-Games and World Cup podiums around the world. But this doesn’t come at any surprise, really – the Prodigy 1.0 features an extremely playful shape that’s as happy laying it down in the park as it is carving clean lines in the run-in to the kicker.
“The Faction Prodigy 1.0 has long been the go-to ski for many of Faction’s star-studded freestyle team”
The combination of a medium weight Poplar / Ash core creates a lively flex that’s begging to be launched, smeared and buttered around the park. But, thanks to the approachable flex, the skis are also suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced.
Faction Prodigy 1.0 Shaping
In an all-new shape for the 2022 winter season, Faction have copied the now classic shape of the Prodigy 2.0 – a ski that hugely impressed us with its all-mountain versatility in an extremely playful package. This shape features Faction’s Surf Zone technology which brings tapering and rocker together in harmony. To put things simply, the rocker meets the tapering at the tips and tails just at the right point to give the ski a loose and smeary feeling without any unwanted hookiness.
In mirroring the 2.0’s shape, Faction has trimmed the waist width of the 1.0 a touch, bringing it from 90 to 88 mm. This, in combination with the tapering, has resulted in a tighter turn radius of 15 m (for the 178 cm length), compared to the 18 metres of last years’ model.
Another trademark borrowed from the Prodigy 2.0 is the use of a directional shape. While most freestyle skis offer a truly symmetrical shape for easy spins and stability in the air, Faction has gone for a (slightly) directional shape to give the ski higher performance when on snow. This directional shape results in a ski that gives you fantastic precision when you’re laying this over on the corduroy. It’s got to be said, though, that the Prodigy 2.0 still features a twinned tail for confident switch skiing.