Why we chose the Faction Prodigy 2.0: Versatile, poppy, playful
Lengths (cm): 159, 165, 171, 177, 183, 189
Sidecut (mm): 127 / 98 / 119 (183 cm)
Radius: 20m (183 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1950g
Are you the type of person who likes to dabble with a bit of everything when you’re at your local world food buffet? You know, a bit of carbonara mixed in with the finest Peking duck, completed with a bowl of paella as a side? Well, if that’s all a bit of you, then you’ll be glad to know that Faction has designed the ideal ski for you in the Prodigy 2.0.
In all seriousness, the Prodigy 2.0 has been built with the sole mission of being able to shred almost every snowflake on the mountain: first lift powder frenzy; late-morning parks laps; and afternoon slush runs to après. The Prodigy will be able to take the lot on, and to a pretty impressive standard as well.
“The Prodigy will be able to take the lot on, and to a pretty impressive standard”
Faction Prodigy 2.0 Shaping
So, the first thing to note when looking at ski that brags about its all-mountain credentials is, of course, the width. Faction has used what is now the de facto all mountain waist width – 98 mm – here. When combined with rocker (more on that later), this width is more than enough to keep you afloat during heavy powder days, yet not so much that it becomes a nuisance when you’re putting these skis on edge, or stomping spins in the park.
If we had to reach for any waist width, without knowing what conditions were in store, there’s a good chance we’d reach for the 100 – 105 mm range, so we totally understand Factions use of a 98 mm ski for their middle of the range all-mountain ski.
Aside from waist width, the Prodigy 2.0 features a wide tip (at 127 mm), and slightly narrower tail (at 119 mm), with a twinned tail there to see you right when you fancy a bit of switch skiing. Gracing this shaping is some pretty standard rocker built into both the tips and tails, with 3 mm of camber underfoot, which’ll help you bite into those piste carves or booter takeoffs.”