Model: Fissile Split XTC
Nose / Waist / Tail width: 310 / 252 / 295mm
Base: 4001 Sintered
Core: Aspen/Poplar (wood)
Edges: Rockwell 48 Steel
Interface: Chinese Hooks / Voile Pucks
Anyone who first spots the Fissile will be intrigued by its extraordinary shape. The board leaves no doubt that it’s been built with only one condition in mind. And that is deep and steep powder.
The nose is far longer than any other model I have seen and is shaped like a shovel with a pointy elongated end. No need to say the board is built directional. That means the shape is not just tapered, but at a 15mm wider nose (310 mm) than the tail (295 mm) I would call it super-powder-tapered. The tail seems ridiculously short, especially since I ride my bindings with a big set-back. Thanks to the long 172cm this board is very stable, even at high speed.
Additionally, Prior designed the board with what they call a “powder-rocker”, meaning it is a cambered board from binding to binding, but has a rocker towards the nose to give it extra float.
Equipped with a sintered base, triaxial carbon weave and steel edges with Kevlar reinforcing the Fissile can take quite a beating, which it will considering the terrain it was built to ride.
When I first rode my Fissile I used it in conditions with little powder thanks to the late winter we had in Europe. However, after riding through some well-known tree-runs at my home resort I had actually forgotten that I was standing on a Splitboard. Now I might not have been too spoiled by the Burton Freebird I was riding until then, but being a member of a Splitboarding team I have gotten to test a variety of boards by now and probably had my boots strapped in in the majority of name worthy boards out there. One thing was clear very soon – this board is a treat and delivers more than you can ask for.
The next day I took the Fissile out on for hiking to get a feel for its uphill climbing performance. Again the conditions were not perfect. Little snow and a single trail to hike up. However, the Fissile demonstrated that it was built by passionate mountain people. The climb mode showed no signs of slipping back and good pressure on the entire board while pacing. Our sponsor spoiled me and gave me the XTC carbon version of the board, which makes it about another 500 gram lighter than the normal version. This means the board is not really heavier than a solid board and my legs were thanking me with some extra energy for the ride down thanks to the lighter load to be carried.
Conclusion: The Prior Fissile has delivered everything I am looking for in a board and shown me that the technology of Splitboarding has gone far and is now on a level to compete with regular solid boards. Even though we are being sponsored by Prior Europe this is a most sincere review and I fully stand behind the praise I have been giving this board. If you are a real powder head then go out and try it. You will definitely not regret it.
Plus: Amazing floatation, very stable at high speeds, super agile and quick turning, agressive
Minus: Wide nose doesn't fit in skiers tracks, not suitable for freestyle tricks