Faction Prodigy 1.0 Freestyle Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

Faction has updated the best selling Prodigy 1.0 to boost its versatility while still retaining its freestyle spirit

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

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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.

Faction Prodigy 1.0 Build

As we touched on in the intro, a Poplar and Ash core has been used in the Prodigy 1.0 to give the skis a medium flex that’ll feel at home on everyone from beginner to expert skiers. This medium flex remains snappy and lively when you’re laying the skis into a carve, and gives you smooth butters and presses for when you’re mixing it up in the park.

Being a freestyle ski, Faction has beefed up the Prodigy 1.0 a good amount. It features thicker 2.5 mm edges that’ll shrug off any abuse you throw their way in the park. Below the edges sits a die cut P-Tex 3,000 sintered base that’ll keep you running fast in the run-in to kickers and when you’re tearing past your mates on the way to apres.

“It features thicker 2.5 mm edges that’ll shrug off any abuse you throw their way”

Wrapping up this whole construction, and something that’s new for the Prodigy 1.0, is the use of a semi cap sidewall construction. The use of a sidewall will not only give you more power when you’re loading these skis up towards the next booter, but will also improve grip and stability when you’re carving a clean turn. To get the best of both worlds, Faction has then capped the sidewall at the top of the ski to help protect the sides from any unwanted rail dinks.

Who Is The Faction Prodigy 1.0 For?

It’s no surprise that this ski remains one of Faction’s best selling skis. Its combination of a playful shape and new and improved all-mountain versatility make it a ski that will fit many people’s needs. If you’re someone who spends the majority of your time in the park, yet still enjoys getting away to rip the groomers, then the Faction Prodigy 1.0 is going to be a real blast.

What Is The Faction Prodigy 1.0 Good At?

Versatility: 8/10
Freestyle: 9/10
Carving: 7/10

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