Ski: 2018-2019 Faction Prodigy 4.0, 186 cm
Available Lengths: 175, 181, 186, 193 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.1 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2030 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2220 & 2252 grams
Stated Dimensions: 136-112-128 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.3-111.3-127.4 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 24 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 73 mm / 54 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm
Core: Poplar/Ash + Flax Fibers + Fiberglass Laminate
Base: P-Tex 3000
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.85 cm from center; 84.2 cm from tail
For the 18/19 season, Faction overhauled their all-mountain-freestyle Prodigy series. Now, updates happen all the time, but when Faction announced this overhaul at SIA last year, there was something interesting about it.
They said that they were basing the redesign of the prodigy 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 off of the Prodigy 4.0, with the 4.0 remaining the same for 18/19.
So, we were very curious to see what made the Prodigy 4.0 so special that Faction would design the rest of the series around it. And after getting on the 18/19 Prodigy 3.0 and liking it a lot, that intrigue increased.
Well, we now have the Prodigy 4.0 and I’ve spent a few days on it at Crested Butte. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review, but while we get more days on the ski let’s take a look at how the Prodigy 4.0 compares to other skis in the wider all-mountain / pow ski category.
What Faction says about the Prodigy 4.0:
“Whether it’s dumping outside or springtime slush, the Prodigy 4.0 is the perfect answer for riders who want to let it loose every damn day. A 112mm waist nails the perfect width, being wide enough for the deep days, burly enough in choppy snow and manoeuvrable enough on hard-pack. A poplar/ash core bodyguarded by two full layers of eco-friendly flax fibres keep the ski strong yet responsive, in the air and on the white stuff. A progressive, directional twin tip shape, surf zone technology and generous rocker provide float and a surfy feel in the pow, always ensuring that you can slash that wind lip or butter that stamped-out take off with ease. Built to be playful when jibbing yet solid when charging lines and stomping huge airs, it’s no wonder the prodigy 4.0 is Johnny Collinson’s favourite everyday weapon of choice.”
We’ve got a lot of the typical ski-marketing phrases here — the Prodigy 4.0 is supposed to float in deep snow yet charge chop, be playful yet also stable at speed, etc.
One thing that I think is worth touching on is Faction’s label of the Prodigy 4.0 as a “directional twin.” I think that’s important, especially since I found that the Prodigy 3.0 worked well at its (pretty traditional) recommended mount point of -8 cm from center, but also with the bindings moved forward a few centimeters.
As a result, I feel comfortable recommending the Prodigy 3.0 to both directional and more freestyle-oriented skiers. So just because Faction is hyping up the surfy-ness and jib-ability of the Prodigy 4.0, I wouldn’t rule it out just because you don’t like to spin or flip.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Prodigy 4.0 is basically a wider version of the Prodigy 3.0. Or, I guess the Prodigy 3.0 is a narrower version of the Prodigy 4.0.
Either way, the skis look almost identical — they both have a lot of tip and tail taper, and their tips and tails are pretty narrow compared to several other skis in their respective classes.
The Prodigy 3.0 and 4.0 also have extremely similar rocker profiles. While the ~104mm-wide Prodigy 3.0 had very deep rocker lines for how wide it was, the wider Prodigy 4.0’s rocker profile doesn’t look as extreme compared to similarly wide skis like the Line Mordecai, Nordica Enforcer 110, J Skis Friend, etc.
The Prodigy 4.0 has tip and tail rocker lines that are nearly symmetrical, an almost fully twinned tail, and a pretty long section of camber in the middle of the ski. All in all, for a playful, 112mm-wide ski, the Prodigy 4.0’s rocker profile is pretty standard.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Prodigy 4.0:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8.5-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
While its tapered shape and nearly symmetrical rocker profile might make you think the Prodigy 4.0 is some noodle, it’s actually a pretty strong ski. The tips and tails are accessible, but they quickly and smoothly stiffen up to a pretty large section around the bindings that’s quite strong.
There are no noticeable hinge points in the Prodigy 4.0’s flex pattern, and the ski feels like it has a lot of rebound when hand-flexing it. The Prodigy 4.0 is noticeably softer than the Prodigy 3.0 at the tips and tails, which seems sensible since the 4.0 is a bit wider and designed to perform a bit better in deeper snow.
I just wanted to quickly touch on the fact that the Prodigy 4.0 is the widest ski in the Prodigy series, but it’s only 112 mm wide. Now, Faction does have wider skis in their other series, but it’s interesting to me that they didn’t go wider for their pow ski in the Prodigy series.
As a result, I’ll be focusing on whether the Prodigy 4.0 feels like more of a wider all-mountain ski, or more like a ski you’d only break out when the snow is deep.
The Prodigy 4.0 is not a particularly light ski, but it falls right in line with a few other playful 110+ mm skis like the Armada ARV 116 JJ, Icelantic Nomad 115, Black Crows Anima, etc.
For reference, below are a few of our measured weights (per ski, in grams) for a few notable skis. As always, note the length differences to keep things apples to apples.
1910 & 1941 Scott Scrapper 115, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (15/16–18/19)
2006 & 2011 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
2013 & 2099 Moment Blister Pro, 184 cm (18/19)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
2042 & 2105 Line Mordecai, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2097 & 2103 Liberty Origin 112, 184 cm (18/19)
2102 & 2137 Line Sick Day 114, 190 cm (17/18–18/19)
2133 & 2133 Salomon QST 118, 192 cm (17/18–18/19)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–18/19)
2183 & 2190 Black Crows Anima, 188.4 cm (17/18–18/19)
2196 & 2199 Icelantic Nomad 115, 191 cm (17/18–18/19)
2220 & 2252 Faction Prodigy 4.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18–18/19)
2222 & 2278 Prior CBC, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2228 & 2231 Blizzard Spur, 192 cm (17/18–18/19)
2246 & 2265 Fischer Ranger 115 FR, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
2267 & 2270 Whitedot Ragnarok 118, 190 cm (16/17–18/19)
2297 & 2317 K2 Catamaran, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2343 & 2360 J Skis Friend, 189 cm (18/19)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Kartel 116, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Faction Prodigy 4.0 is a fairly strong ski with a pretty playful shape and rocker profile. That’s a combination we’ve liked on other skis (including the Prodigy 3.0), so we’re eager to get more time on the Prodigy 4.0. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review linked below, and then keep your eyes peeled for the full review dropping later this season.
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