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hot.pocketPaulownia works great in touring skis IIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFF you put denser / heavier wood stringers throughout the core. It sounds like the entire core in the Mordecai was all Paulownia, and that is scary.
.lenconI've actually heard nothing but good things about the cloud core. A light bomber freeride ski.
safarisamTrue, however drilling them is another issue. I've talked to quite a few techs (and mounted a few myself) that were literally the worst.
safarisamThat is where the issue is, they never fully explained what the partly cloudy core is. You absolutely need a denser wood, or something added into it, it simply can not function as full paulownia.
Did you bring these issues up with the NW rep? Could you please e-mail me at email@example.com to address these concerns correctly?
Unfortunate you feel that way! Some of your statement is a bit off so hopefully this can clear things up:
1. The Mordecai was originally going to use a Balsa/Flax (Cloud Core) which was present in a good amount of samples last year (maybe you've mounted some samples?). They were super light and fun but we saw a bit too much breakage with athletes so we switched to a Paulownia construction for production (Partly Cloudy Core) which does have some maple stringers to add strength. This is the same case for the SFB. Cloud Core is great in big fat pow skis (Magnum Opus) but as you get narrower into all terrain skis it takes a bit too much of a beating.
2. The binding mat issue we saw was due to a thicker mat which was needed for the balsa/flax core, but not the new paulownia, that's what made it tough to drill (too much fiberglass). Using a 4.1 instead of a 3.5 drill bit would solve any screw stripping problems. (side note: This also creates the most insane screw retention ever)
With any new product we'd obviously love to have zero issues but sometimes that's just not the case. The production Mordecai has been received super well and hope more people can get on them!
thanks! - jm