Based out of Whistler, Prior started life as a snowboard manufacturer before introducing its ski line in 2003. The company’s line-up features wood-core sandwich construction with aspen and maple as the primary ingredients. Prior lets you choose base color and topsheet art when you order online. It’s a cool option, and one we wish more manufacturers offered.
Length: 183, 193
Dimensions:144-118-130 @ 193
MSRP: $850 Stoke: 7.5
The Overlord has a relatively normal sidecut and camber, but the massive tip will elicit plenty of comments in the lift line. Designed for powder days, the Overlord can be a bit “jumpy in crud” but “floats and turns like magic” in deeper snow. This ski was a great surprise from Prior and is a good option for a powder-day-only ski if you are looking to add something unique to your quiver.
Length: 165, 171, 181, 188, 193
Dimensions: 127-98-115 @ 188
MSRP: $850 Stoke: 6.5
Prior has slowly been overcoming testers’ skepticism about its product. Due to poor showings from Prior in the past, testers have tended to shy away. That is a mistake, because the company put the time in this year and the results prove that Prior makes decent skis. The Prior Original is “good for charging crud” and has “solid performance.” Still it will take a while to win our testers’ confidence back.
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