4 FRNT MSP99
We had a chance to ride a pair of 4 FRNT MSP99 skis in just about every condition the North East has to offer and were more than satisfied with it’s performance on whatever the mother nature had to throw at these bad boys. Because of their heavy and burly build they might not be the ideal ski for moguls but, when it comes to powder, hard packed snow, groomers, trees, and everything else the MSP99s will carry you through like a champ. Although they have a medium to long turning radius, it’s still incredibly easy to go edge to edge and the stability at high speeds will have you straight lining groomers and grinning ear to ear. The MSP99s are a true quiver killer for the east coast and great for groomer/hard-pack days for out west riding.
4 FRNT MSP99 Construction
TITANAL – 4 FRNT create a balanced composition of metal laminates, bonded to the top and bottom of the core, to increase torsional rigidity as metal cannot stretch in any direction resulting in extreme edge hold and dampness at speed. Titanal is not to be confused with Titanium, it is a treated, hardened T6 7075 Rolled Aluminum Alloy.
NEOTIP – Eliminating deflection, delamination and fractures in the ski tip. These three issues have long plagued the durability of freeride skis due to the abrupt change in snow conditions and tip slap on impact from catching air. The bordering material in a ski tip that joins the core end is most commonly comprised of hard, non-elastic polymers. 4 FRNT began experimentation in our White Room using different grades of Neoprene to withstand the shearing impacts and provide absorption for change in conditions. The result is a dampened feel that calms the ski feel and increases the durability.
TAIL BLOCK – A complex insert which adjoins the core end and runs out to the tail edge perimeter. Full wrap metal edge skis often stood on their tail end have a tendency to delaminate, due the weak joint bearing the skis weight between metal, rubber and fiberglass. A tail block eliminates the sensitive joint between laminates and edge and allows for non-invasive customization for skin tail clips if so desired.
POPLAR – The most commonly used species of wood for ski cores is Poplar. 4 FRNT vertically laminates the Poplar beams to create a smooth, even flexing ski. To increase the torsional strength in comparison to Paulownia or Aspen, they use Titanal laminates top and bottom to create a smooth flexing yet razor sharp edge feel.
SEMI CAP ABS SIDEWALL – Similar to how you construct a sandwich, layers of premium raw material pile high into a 3D cavity that secures the shape outline with an ABS sidewall over edge. The semi cap design provides longevity and durability of the top sheet edge by stepping down from the square edge of the sidewall leaving a smooth 360 degree round-contoured edge perimeter. The exposed sidewall protects the core from moisture while also dampening vibrations.
SINTERED BASE – 4 FRNT’s premium ski base, also known in the industry as a “race base” because it integrates carbon to further strengthen its gliding properties. At 1.3mm this fast, freely gliding and tough carbon base is much more durable than other base material and matches perfectly with our 2mm edge material. The sintering process occurs prior to extrusion, where the the carbon and plastic enter into an extruder in pellet form, therefore individually contributing its own dense properties to the final product.
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