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 Post subject: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction *Updated*
PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:09 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New XTC Carbon Construction reduces Splitboard weight by 600 grams!

WHISTLER, Canada – July 11, 2011 – Whistler based Prior Snowboard Manufactory Ltd, known throughout the world as manufacturers of premium, handcrafted snowboards, splitboards and skis, is proud to introduce their new, lightweight, high-performance XTC carbon construction for winter 2011/12. XTC carbon construction is available as an upgrade to all Prior splitboards and saves an average of 600 grams (1.32 pounts) off a Prior splitboard.

Weight reduction continues to be a key to backcountry splitboarding as less weight means more vertical with less physical exertion. Ensuring that there is no decrease in performance with weight savings is often thought of as the Holy Grail for backcountry gear manufacturers and the team at Prior is excited to take a big leap towards that spiritual cup.

The quest for a lighter construction has been ongoing in the Prior lab since 2005. In the spring of 2010 Prior partnered with a custom carbon manufacturer and developed a woven triaxial carbon (XTC) material as there was nothing in the market that provided the characteristics it was looking for. By reinforcing this material with aramid and adding special rubber dampening to the chassis Prior has been able to replicate its legendary splitboard ride with a total weight savings averaging 17%* across its complete line of splitboards.

“This is a great leap forward for us as a manufacturer as it sets us on the leading edge of splitboard design technology,” explained founder Chris Prior. “The XTC carbon technology allows splitboarders to save energy on the ascent and the boards ride amazing when ripping the pow on the down. The ride is actually a bit livelier than our regular quad glass construction creating the opportunity to ollie bigger or get more energy upon release of each powder turn while still providing the stability when straightlining at speed or going thru crud and less than perfect conditions. The best thing is that all splitboarders can benefit from this new technology as
this new layup is available across our entire splitboard lineup. ”

In layman’s terms the XTC construction uses the same vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls and bases and nylon topsheets as in their traditional construction but replaces the fibreglass weave with Prior’s new custom XTC woven fabric. The XTC construction will be available as a premium add on across Prior’s entire Splitboard line along with select ski models for a surcharge of C$200/board.

As with other Prior skis and boards all XTC boards will be available in a variety of topsheet and base graphics and include a one year manufacturing warranty. They will be available for purchase directly through http://www.priorskis.com or http://www.priorsnowboards.com or at select Prior dealers.

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· In summer months the Prior factory is open daily: Monday to Thursday 8:30am-5pm and Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm. Throughout the winter the Prior factory is open daily from 8:30am-5:30pm

· The factory is located at Unit 104, 1410 Alpha Lake Road (Function Junction), Whistler BC V0N 1B1

· If visiting Whistler, we invite you to call to arrange a complimentary snowboard demo and factory tour

*weight savings vary depending on the model and length of the skis.


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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:56 pm 
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Only $3,000!!!!!

:lol: Just kidding..it's undeniable. 600 grams per ski is a gigantic weight reduction. It amounts to 2.68 pounds less per board (if indeed that 600g thing is accurate for the splitty..but it's likely something slightly different).

That's technology I'll consider paying for..depending on if I need to get a 2nd on the house to afford it..and if the shape is right.

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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:08 pm 
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Does Prior already offer the same technology for boards, or is this skis only? I recall Prior making some carbon decks a few years back but for some reason I thought that was discontinued.

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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:14 am 
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I'm guessing when they say "600g off total ski weight", they're talking about both skis.

If not, why say 600g when you could say 1.2kg. Still pretty substantial, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction
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Taylor wrote:
Does Prior already offer the same technology for boards, or is this skis only? I recall Prior making some carbon decks a few years back but for some reason I thought that was discontinued.


Prior had some prototype/demo carbon fiber boards at the Baker Splitfest in March. I keep expecting to see them show up in a press release. I demo'd a 178 split Fissle that was considerably lighter than my 168 Jones.

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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction
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The front page of their website shows the carbon upgrade as a $200 uplift that reduces board weight by 17%. It also says more details will be coming out with the new website due the end of August.

How did you like the 178 Fissile? That's one of the boards I'm looking at for this year's purchase. For a powder board, I think carbon makes a lot of sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction
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Wasatch_Don wrote:
The front page of their website shows the carbon upgrade as a $200 uplift that reduces board weight by 17%. It also says more details will be coming out with the new website due the end of August.

How did you like the 178 Fissile? That's one of the boards I'm looking at for this year's purchase. For a powder board, I think carbon makes a lot of sense.

I really liked the Fissle. Between the size and weight skinning was incredibly easy, so much float and so light. The the length I was expecting it to be more effort to turn but with the short tail it was no problem. I only got a couple of runs on it but it's on my list of someday boards. I also demo'd a solid Fissle in-bounds at Baker and other than it's not a hard pack board it was a blast to ride, especially in the trees.

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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction *Updated*
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:04 am 
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Hi splitters,

Sorry for the confusion but I originally posted the "ski" press release from Prior. Its now been updated with the splitboard one and has the proper weights.

Thanks! :thatrocks:


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 Post subject: Re: Prior introduces XTC Carbon Construction *Updated*
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I demo'd the carbon Spearhead 168 and it was awesome. I would buy that board in a second if I had a job. (I got laid off in May) It feels super light underfoot for touring but it doesn't feel like it's going to bust in two. Really floaty in the heavy snow we had at last year's Mt Baker Splitfest. srsly great sticks!

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