Prime 3.0

Faction Prime 3.0

Brand
Faction
Model
Prime 3.0
Category
Touring
Weight
1700 gr
Waist
108 mm
Tested length
182 cm
Year
2018

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

4
4
4
3
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of Faction Prime 3.0:

8 / 10

Hard snow:
7 / 10
Soft snow:
9 / 10
Up:
7 / 10
Technical info:
Faction has used exclusive materials on this carbon fibre sandwich. But it is not particularly light. The flex is relatively soft, but the composite suggests high torsion stiffness in relation to stiffness in the length. Prime 3.0 has some camber in the waist, smooth shape and even flex. Apart from a lighter construction, this wide big brother is very similar to the Prime 2.0 that we tested last year. It has also got a fairly long turning radius.

On snow:
Sam Anthamatten´s widest promo model almost feels as exclusive as it looks. The flex is soft, but this doesn´t prevent stableness at speed and good edge grip. It feels solid at high speed. This is probably due to the long turning radius and torsional stiffness, and the even flex, even if it´s soft. It tends to get a little heavier through short turns and at lower speed. Prime 3.0 is a good choice for ambitious freeriders with muscle power and good technique. But, you have to dig deep into your pocket; it costs more than the double than the test winner.


Prime 3.0

Technical data:

Measured length
182 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 44434
Brand
Faction
Model
Prime 3.0
Produced
Czech Republic
Available lengths
170, 177, 189
Contact length
96 cm
Rocker tail
43 cm
Rocker nose
43 cm
Side cut
128 cm
Taper tail
26 cm
Taper tip
28 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
10 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
10 cm
Max tail width
121 mm
Min waist width
108 mm
Max nose width
131 mm
Side cut radius
25 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
10 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2052 cm2
Weight
1700 gr
Relative weight
0.83 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
19 mm
Hight nose tip
64 mm
Angle tail tip
11°
Angle nose tip
33°
Height of camber
4 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.