Ski: 2019-2020 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm
Available Lengths: 178, 184, 190 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 189.2 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2300 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2188 & 2190 grams
Stated Dimensions: 138-110-131 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.5-110.0-131.2 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (190 cm): 23 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 64 mm / 59 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4-5 mm
Core: Maple + Carbon Stringers + Quadraxial Fiberglass Laminate (custom options available)
Base: Sintered 4001 Durasurf
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -3.1 cm from center; 91.5 cm from tail
The brand-new Prior Northwest 100 & Northwest 110 earned our “Dying to Try It” award at Outdoor Retailer this year. Why? Because they’re reportedly based on the Prior CBC, a ski that we think is an exceptional option for people looking for a freestyle ski with plenty of backbone for big drops and higher speeds.
But the CBC is also pretty wide at around 117 mm underfoot, which doesn’t make it a viable daily driver for most skiers.
So for 19/20, Prior is introducing the Northwest 100 & 110, which were inspired by the CBC but with more of a versatile, all-mountain focus. You can listen to our GEAR:30 podcast with Prior’s head ski and snowboard shaper for more info on the origin of the Northwest skis and Prior’s history, but here we’re going to take a closer look at the new Northwest 110.
What Prior says about the Northwest 100 & Northwest 110
“Designed as a one ski quiver, the Northwest came from Prior athlete and staff demands for a do-it-all ski. A versatile waist width allows the Northwest to rip a turn, float in powder and remain playful in all conditions. From charging cliffs to throwing down in the Black Park, the Northwest is our staff pick for a single ski in BC conditions. Build in carbon construction to save weight or Quad-Glass to instill confidence and a buttery smooth ride inbounds. Available in 100 & 110 underfoot.”
Prior is pretty clearly positioning the Northwest skis as all-mountain freestyle skis, and specifically talk about them as being ideal for the typical conditions in British Columbia. The skis are supposed to be playful enough to take to the terrain park, while being versatile enough to take out everywhere else.
We’re testing the 190 cm Northwest 110 and 184 cm Northwest 100 (First Look coming soon) in Prior’s Quad-Glass construction, which is their heavier, inbounds-oriented layup. Like all of Prior’s skis and boards, you can get the Northwest skis in their lighter carbon layup to decrease weight. For reference, Prior says the 190 cm Northwest 110 in their carbon “XTC” layup comes in at around 2060 grams per ski, while the Quad-Glass version comes in closer to 2200 grams per ski.
Shape / Rocker Profile
While it definitely shares some similarities with the CBC, the Northwest 110 has some notable differences when it comes to its shape.
First, the Northwest 110 is less symmetrical than the CBC, with a more significant difference between the width of the Northwest 110’s tips and tails (whereas the CBC is almost perfectly symmetrical).
The Northwest 110 also has a much less tapered shape. The CBC has deep tip and tail taper lines and its tips and tails taper significantly as you move to the ends of the ski. The Northwest 110 has a more moderate shape with shallower taper lines and more blunted, less “pointy” tip and tail shapes.
This all makes sense given that the CBC is designed specifically for slashing and spinning through powder (where lots of taper makes a ski feel loose and playful), while the Northwest 110 is designed to work in both soft and firm snow (where less taper equates to more effective edge for firm conditions).
Compared to other all-mountain freestyle skis, the Northwest 110’s shape falls on the less tapered end of the spectrum. It’s significantly less tapered than the K2 Marksman and J Skis Vacation, but more tapered than the Line Sir Francis Bacon and Faction Candide 3.0. Overall, the Northwest 110’s shape looks pretty similar to the ON3P Kartel 108 and Moment Deathwish (two skis we really like). Like most all-mountain-freestyle skis, the Northwest 110 has more tip and tail taper than many more traditional, more directional skis.
The Northwest 110’s rocker profile is basically identical to the CBC’s. Compared to other all-mountain-freestyle skis in its class, the Northwest 110 has a bit more rocker than most, but still not as much as the ON3P Kartel 108. The Northwest 110 falls in line with skis like the Armada ARV 106 and K2 Marksman when it comes to its rocker profile, and the Northwest 110 has significantly more tip and tail rocker than many similarly wide directional skis.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Northwest 110:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
This is one area where the Northwest 110 differs significantly compared to the Prior CBC and Husume. The CBC and Husume have very stiff flex patterns, and even the ends of their tips and tails don’t feel that much softer than the middle of the skis (which is fairly uncommon across the industry).
The Northwest 110 is still a strong ski, but its tips and tails are notably softer than the middle of the ski. Compared to most other all-mountain-freestyle skis, the Northwest 110 is still on the stiffer end of the spectrum — it’s really only the last ~15 cm of the ski that are fairly soft. And like other freestyle skis, the Northwest 110’s flex pattern is pretty round / symmetrical.
The Northwest 110’s softer tips and tails should make butters and presses easier than on the CBC, and the rest of the ski still feels like it’ll be strong enough to hold up to higher speeds and big airs. We’re eager to see if our predictions are accurate.
Like the CBC and other all-mountain freestyle skis like the ARV 106, Sir Francis Bacon, and Kartel 108, the Northwest 110 has a very progressive mount point of right around -3 cm from center. During our testing, we’ll be playing around with the mount point on the Northwest to see how it responds to different mount points and different skiing styles.
The other Prior skis we’ve tested with their Quad-Glass layup (CBC & Husume) came in pretty heavy. And the Northwest 110 is similar in this regard. Though, for its size, the Northwest is significantly lighter than the 188 cm, 109mm-wide Husume. This makes sense, given that the Husume is Prior’s big-mountain charger (where more weight is beneficial) and the Northwest 110 is more freestyle oriented (where a low swing weight is more important).
Compared to other all-mountain freestyle skis, the 190 cm Northwest 110 falls on the heavier end and comes in at a weight that’s similar to the 186 cm ON3P Kartel 108 and 188 cm Armada ARV 106Ti.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. And as always, pay close attention to the length differences to keep things more apples-to-apples.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1875 & 1881 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (19/20)
1910 & 1919 Prior Northwest 100, 184 cm (19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1941 & 1994 Faction Candide 3.0, 186 cm (18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (15/16–19/20)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2042 & 2105 Line Mordecai, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (16/17–18/19)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2113 & 2121 Moment Meridian 107, 187 cm (16/17–19/20)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm (18/19)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) One of our big questions is just how similar the Northwest 110 will feel compared to the CBC?
(2) 110mm-wide skis can vary a lot — some feel like dedicated pow skis, while others are great on firm snow. So we’re curious to see how well the Northwest 110 will handle deep, soft snow as well as firmer, less forgiving conditions.
(3) The Northwest 110 has a playful-looking shape & rocker profile and combines that with a pretty strong flex pattern and heavier weight. Many of us at Blister tend to get along well with skis that are both playful and stable, so just how playful and how stable will the Northwest 110 feel compared to the rest of the market?
(4) The Northwest 110 has a very progressive mount point and a pretty symmetrical rocker profile & shape. So will directional skiers still get along with it, or should it really only be considered by skiers looking to spin, ski switch, etc.?
Bottom Line (For Now)
Just based on its specs, the new Prior Northwest 110 looks like a very interesting addition to the all-mountain-freestyle category. It’s got much of what you’d expect from a freestyle-oriented ski: a nearly symmetrical shape & rocker profile, progressive mount point, and round flex pattern. But it also adds some elements that are less common, like its relatively stout flex and heavier weight. We’re getting the Northwest 110 and Northwest 100 on snow as soon as possible, so stay tuned for updates.