Built with Sweat and Blood
The Crafting Process is heavy on skill hands and craftsmanship. Prospect uses industry specialized materials, professional building techniques, and industrial spec machines. However, it is the skilled hand of the “Craftsman” that holds the artform that is board and ski building. The Craftsman understands the feel of each wood species in the core and how it translates into the ride character of the end product. The Craftsman understands that the shaping subtleties can always be increasingly dialed in. The craftsman understands that building skis and boards is never mastered because there is always possibility for improvement. This is embodied in every Snowboard, Wake, and Ski built at Prospect. We are a balance of rider, manufacturer, and artist. This balance brings quality craftsmanship with a feel for performance.
We don’t do the relay of Product testing from riders to accounting to be sure it will meet profit margins, we don’t submit designs to the sales team for focus group testing, and we don’t convolute our process through fancy marketing terms. Instead, we get direct input from riders for development, we put our best shaping and materials on all of our products, and design from the angle that we eat, sleep, and breath skiing and boarding. The entire package has to sum up a shape, camber, and material package that is best created by the rider and skier. Building Skis and Snowboards is not an easy process. But just like taking the harder line on the mountain, it is the challenge that keeps us passionate about building.
Real Fackin’ Technology
Real Fackin’ Technology throws overhyped technology, wordsmithed descriptions, and marketing made terms out the window. The team at Prospect is all about transparency. We are upfront and want you to know the real materials going into your gear as we see it from the supplier itself.
Our new Frequency Core utilizes 3 domestically sourced species of wood: Maple for strength and feel, Aspen for lightness and smooth ride, and Poplar stability and pop. The 3 woods all carry a unique harmonic vibration that effectively cancels out bumps and chatter on the slope. This triple set of woods are also engineered to get the best strength to weight ratio and pop/flex performance.
Our new Triple dampening reinforced sidewall uses starts with a sintered sidewall that is tank tough and super abrasion resistant. The military uses this low abrasion sliding material on aircraft carrier cable systems that catch jets coming in for landing. Then we wrap the inside, top, and bottom with our bonding tape to create a super tough, long lasting bond to prevent delamination and brush off impact.
Direct Compression molded pressing is a new technique we use in the factory to build a stronger board. We now precisely CNC cut our molds so that it perfectly fits the laminated board or ski inside. It is engineering geekery. Other companies uses presses that use a series of pads and tracking to get even pressure when pressing their boards. Our direct compression creates a super even pressure to create a stronger board or ski.
More Domestically and Reliably sourced materials.
- Wood Core – Wisconsin Sourced Lumber – New London, WI
- Glass – Vectorply Phenix City, AL
- Basalt – Our secret supplier Pulheim Germany
- Topsheet – IsoSport Eisenstadt Austria
- Base – IsoSport Eisenstadt Austria and Crown Plastics Harrison, OH
- Edges – CD Waelzholz Cleveland OH
- Epoxy – Huntsman Adhesives Denver, CO
- VDS – Ask Industries Nagano Japan
16/17 New Ski and Snowboard Lineup
The new 16/17 lineup is reinvented from the ground up. We are bringing higher performance, new technology, and new ideas to the gear you ride. The biggest addition (and apparently controversial) to the 16/17 line are hugely awesome skis. To some riders, ski, snowboard, and wakeboard companies should not commingle for fear that they might have 3 arm babies. The reality is that wakeboarding can take notes from snowboarding (and does), Skiing can take notes from wakeboarding, snowboarding can take notes from wakeboarding, or any other combination. All three share ride characteristics that can benefit from each other. Building to just one discipline is narrow thinking and restricts real development. Prospect, who supports free, outside the box thinking has created a full lineup that will create new avenues for improvement and performance.
- Model 349 – Our New huge Bang For the buck entry uses great technology with tuned flex, pop, and durability for park riding.
- Park and Pow – Outside the box thinking brings a uniquely shaped twin makes a great park board with a powder floating “choptail” for the extra imaginative rider.
- Grassroot Custom – Our hands on, build it the way you want it, primo material, high performance board that puts you in the mind of the craftsman
- Park Slayer Skis – Our new, True twin design with an 88m waist designed to take hits and go big.
- Mountain Slayer Skis – All new, all over the mountain goodness will follow you in trusty performance.