2018-2019 Prior Husume

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Prior Husume for Blister

Prior Husume

Ski: 2018-2019 Prior Husume, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 175, 181, 188, 193 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.5 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 2440 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2312 & 2386 grams

Stated Dimensions: 137-109-124 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.7-109-123.5 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 25.0 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 78 mm / 22 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm

Core: Maple + Quadraxial Fiberglass Laminate

Base: 4001 Sintered Durasurf

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -10.7 cm from center; 83.0 cm from tail

Intro

Prior has been making both skis and snowboards in Whistler for years now, and offers custom options for all of their models. Last year, we reviewed the Prior Brandywine Split XTC splitboard, and came away very impressed.

This year, we’re spending some time on a few of their skis, including the Prior CBC and Husume. But right now, we’re here to talk about the 109mm-underfoot all-mountain ski, the Husume.

And the punchline is: we’re pretty damn excited about this ski.

Here’s what Prior says about the Husume:

“The Husume’s moderately long sidecut, dialed flex, 12-14mm taper, squared tail and waist width of 109-110mm provide an excellent balance of powder float, weight savings and skinnability for the backcountry.

Within ski boundaries the Husume rails on groomers and excels in chunder and variable winter conditions.”

Wait, did you just say that this ski excels in chunder and in variable conditions? Because I happen to have a thing for skis that excel in chunder and in variable conditions, and I wish more companies made skis that excelled in such conditions — not simply because I’m greedy, but because if you ski inbounds … you probably spend a whole lot of time skiing chunder and variable conditions. So wouldn’t it be cool if more skis excelled in the conditions we actually spend a ton of time skiing in? I mean, I’m no genius, but sometimes, even Captain Obvious makes a good point.

So anyway, Prior, you officially have gotten my hopes up, and you have my undivided attention.

Ok, let’s move on.

Shape

The Husume has a decent amount of tip taper for a 109mm-underfoot ski, but its tails are much less tapered. That said, Prior calls it a “squared tail,” but I would qualify that a bit — the back half of the ski stays pretty long and straight, but the end of the ski does taper pretty abruptly and significantly. Check out our rocker profile pics, and you’ll see what I mean.

Rocker Profile

The Husume has a very deep tip rocker line, though its tips don’t splay out dramatically until the end of the ski. But the deep tip rocker line is comparable to skis like the Liberty Origin 106, or not far off from a full-reverse camber skis like the 4FRNT Devastator. But to triangulate a bit here, the Husume’s tip rocker is not as subtle as the old metal Katana or current V-Werks Katana.

Underfoot, the Husume has a long, but low section of camber. The Husume’s tail splay is pretty moderate (22 mm), with a fairly deep tail rocker line similar to the ON3P Wrenegade 108.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Husume:

Tips: 9
Shovels: 8.5-9
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind Heel Piece: 10-9.5
Tails: 9-9.5

The Husume is a stiff ski, through and through. Its flex pattern actually reminds me a bit of the Head Monster 108, though I want to flex them back-to-back to confirm this.

Compared to the Wrenegade 108, the Husume feels stiffer throughout. There is nothing meek about the flex pattern of the Husume.

(But before you assume this ski is an unforgiving beast, read again our description of the rocker profile of this ski. And its tip shape. And its tail shape. And look at its weight….)

Sidecut Radius

Prior mentions the Husume’s “moderately long sidecut,” and we think that’s a fair description. At 25 meters for the 188 cm version, the Husume’s sidecut radius is a bit longer than many ~108mm-underfoot all-mountain skis, though not quite as long as skis like the Wrenegade 108 (27.5 m for the 189 cm) and Blizzard Cochise (27 m for the 185 cm).

Weight

For a ski that’s designed to “excel in chunder and variable winter conditions,” we are pretty excited about the Husume’s relatively hefty weight of around 2350 grams.

For reference, here are a few of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for a few notable skis:

1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18, 18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
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)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (17/18, 18/19)
2530 & 2570 Head Monster 108, 184 cm (17/18)

Some Potential Comparisons

(1) ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm

Based on their similarities in weight, shape, and rocker profile, this seems like the most obvious, and interesting comparison. (And that’s precisely why we keep A/B-ing these skis, including over the past several days.)

(2) Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm

The Cochise has been a reference ski for ~108mm-underfoot all-mountain chargers. The Husume’s more generous rocker profile and tapered tips make it look like it should perform better in soft snow, but what about firm conditions?

(3) Moment Meridian, 187 cm

This might not seem like an obvious 3rd comparison, but the more I think about the Meridian, the more I think this comparison makes sense. And we can’t wait to break it out against the Husume in the coming days.

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Prior Husume has many of the characteristics of some of our favorite all-mountain chargers: a heavier weight, longer sidecut, and strong flex pattern. We’ve already now spent a good bit of time on the Husume, and you can check out this GEAR:30 podcast for a few of my initial thoughts on its on-snow performance.

And since we are continuing to get time on it, let us know what questions you’d like to see us address in our full review.

Flash Review: Prior Husume

Blister members can now read our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review of the Husume.

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NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics

6 Comments

  1. Blister Member
    Severin May 20, 2018 Reply

    Excited for the review!
    You guys should really get on the overlord next season, as that is a ripping ski that gives rhe bibby a run for its money!

  2. Blister Member
    Jonathan Dadourian May 20, 2018 Reply

    Seems like the Governor and GPO are very similar in design too, probably more similar than the Wrenegade.

  3. Andrew May 20, 2018 Reply

    The supernatural 108 seems like a great comparison as well. I know you like to keep the comparisons to in production skis with the exception of the most notable such as the sickle, XXL, and Bibby for a bit. I love those comparisons as they are long term references. Since I own the SN108, I am especially biased that it remains a reference in this class. The influx to the market of lighter weight skis is one more reason to keep reviews “weighted” to the old guard.

  4. k-roc May 22, 2018 Reply

    I’d like to see a Moment Commander review as well, seems to be in the same category as the Husume.

  5. k-roc May 23, 2018 Reply

    Let’s review and compare to the Moment Commander too!

  6. Blister Member
    Tyson Anskaitis May 28, 2018 Reply

    I can’t wait to see the comparison against the Moment Meridian.

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