First off, let me just say I'm super glad the Mordecai isn't going to have a partly cloudy core next year.
That being said, let's discuss some issues with Paulownia, and the fact you guys wouldn't release what exactly was in the core. That makes life hard for shop employees. I get you guys were tweaking them, and still had stuff in the works, but it's not a cool move. Beefing them up once in production was a good call.
Why the "Cloud Core" was/is a bad move:
First off, your binding plate in the Mordecai was awful. Dimples in the base and top sheets of the skis, screws snapping off into the core.
Second, sidewall delam /splitting/ separation/ or total blowout was fairly common, we had several warranties alone on this issue, and I've had plenty of friends who ran into this problem fairly fast on their new skis.
Third, using Paulownia was sketch. I get that's "the wood of the future" But it seems the core could have been tested better, or had some kinks worked out before production.
Idk, maybe I'm just bummed so many of my friends got cool skis, only to have them ruined before they could ski them, or within less than a week.
I can expand upon this when I'm out of class.