Ski: 2018-2019 Prior CBC, 184 cm
Available Lengths: 178, 184, 188, 193 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.3 cm
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2147 & 2286 grams
Stated Dimensions: 138-118-137 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139.6-116.5-137.5 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 16.5 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 64 mm / 61 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm
Core: Maple + Quadraxial Fiberglass Laminate (custom options available)
Base: 4001 Sintered Durasurf Base Die Cut
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -2.15 cm; 89.0 cm from tail
A few months ago we took a look at the Prior Husume, which is a pretty big, heavy, stiff directional charger.
Today we’re looking at another ski from Prior, but this one — the CBC — is much less directional. In fact, it’s one of the most symmetrical, and perhaps the most freestyle-oriented pow skis we’ve ever reviewed.
So what happens when a company based in Whistler, BC, designs a ski designed for throwing tricks off the pillows and big mountain lines around their home base?
What Prior says about the CBC
“The CBC is Prior’s first true backcountry freestyle twin; it can be found bouncing from pillow to pillow in the Whistler Backcountry or navigating through tight inbound trees. With a waist of 118mm, the CBC provides ample float while staying nimble and playful. The CBC features a centered Twin Rocker Profile that tackles variable conditions with ease and maximises switch ski performance. From deep, off piste pillows to lift lines, the CBC brings playful inspiration to the backcountry.”
So the CBC is supposed to allow freestyle skiers to go from throwing tricks in the park to throwing them off of natural features into deep pow, with an emphasis on playfulness, switch skiing performance, and stability in variable conditions.
Shape / Rocker Profile
This obviously doesn’t mean anything in terms of the ski’s performance, but the CBC is one of the most beautiful skis I’ve ever seen. There’s just something about the minimal white topsheet, symmetrical shape, and smooth, nearly symmetrical rocker profile.
But personal musings aside, the CBC is a ski with pretty heavily tapered tips and tails, and a fairly tight sidecut radius of 16.5 meters for the 184 cm version. That’s a combo we see in a lot of playful, quick-turning pow skis.
The CBC’s rocker profile is also nearly symmetrical, which is similar to other skis designed to take off and land switch in deep pow.
But while its rocker profile is similar to many jibby pow skis, the CBC starts to stand out a whole lot more when you flex it…
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the CBC:
In front of toe Piece: 9.5
Behind Heel piece: 9.5
The CBC’s playful shape might suggest it’s some pow noodle, but its flex pattern tells an entirely different story. This ski is stiff, and not just underfoot. Like the Prior Husume, the CBC stays stiff through the majority of its length, and just goes a bit softer in near the end of its tips and tails. But the transition is very smooth — the CBC’s flex pattern feels very consistent and round like many playful skis, it’s just significantly stiffer throughout than many other skis in this class.
According to Prior, the CBC is designed to be mounted -1 cm from center. That might be the most centered recommended mount we’ve ever seen on a 115mm+ ski. And to put that into a broader perspective, there are plenty of park-specific skis that have recommended mount points that aren’t this close to center.
Like the Husume, the CBC falls on the slightly heavier end of the spectrum, though it’s not too far off from many of our favorite playful-but-stable pow skis (like the Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro) and the CBC is still substantially lighter than the 186 cm ON3P Kartel 116.
It’s also worth noting that, like all of Prior’s skis and snowboards, the CBC is available in a carbon layup that allegedly cuts the weight by about 15%, which would bring the 184 cm CBC’s weight to under 2000 grams.
For reference, below are a few of our measured weights (per ski, in grams) for a few notable skis. As always, keep in mind the length differences to keep things apples-to-apples.
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2006 & 2011 Rossignol Super 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2042 & 2105 Line Mordecai, 186 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2083 & 2097 Line Magnum Opus, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2097 & 2103 Liberty Origin 112, 184 cm (18/19)
2103 & 2100 Moment Wildcat / Blister Pro, 184 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)
2212 & 2215 Armada ARV 116 JJ, 185 cm (17/18)
2222 & 2278 Prior CBC, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2228 & 2231 Blizzard Spur, 192 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2297 & 2317 K2 Catamaran, 184 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2408 & 2421 ON3P Kartel 116, 186 cm (17/18, 18/19)
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Prior CBC is a gorgeous ski with a design that seems purpose-built for taking your tricks into natural terrain. Blister members can check out our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review linked below, and while we put together our full review, feel free to add in the Comments section below anything you’d like us to address.
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