Thanks to skis like the Faction Candide 3.0, the notion of having a quiver has been virtually laid to rest. Ringing in at 108 underfoot, this go-anywhere, do-anything ski offers a lightweight, stable ride that handles chop and crud with ease, rails on the hardpack, and gobbles pow like a kid in a candy store. Float through the deep stuff, air out those cattrack hits you love -- heck, even spin through the park every now and then -- on this all-mountain, fun-loving machine. Updated for 2017 with Titanal mounting plates and micro-cap construction, the Faction Candide 3.0 Skis retain the lightweight freeride performance they are acclaimed for while gaining durability and stability underfoot.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker 10 mm of rocker over 200 mm in the tip, 2 mm of camber underfoot, 5 mm of rocker over 150 mm in the tail.
Medium-Stiff Flex Stable at speed or on big landings, but still playful enough to butter and press.
Balsa Flax Core Balsa is an exceptionally light hardwood. The core is laminated vertically and divided by strips of woven Flax to provide additional torsional and compression strength.
Titanal Plates Titanal plates secure the binding screws. The one peice design fits most touring bindings with center screws.
Sandwich Construction Used on Most of Faction's skis. A traditional manufacturing method that provides strength, durability, good grip, and edge hold. Rubber is used to dampen vibration and bond the base layers to the core.
Micro-Cap Protection Continuing efforts to improve chip-resistance in their skis, Faction incorporated a 'micro' cap where the topsheet meets the sidewall on sandwich constructed skis.
Die-Cut PTEX 4000 Base Used on most Faction Skis. Sintered PTEX 4000 base material is more porous and holds wax well.
Matte Topsheet Matte ICP8210 topsheets require no lacquering saving around 100gm/pair, and reduces the use of not-quite-environmentally friendly lacquer. It also shows through the natural structure of the underlying laminate layers.
We recommend a brake width equal to or at most 15 mm wider than the ski waist width.
|Tip Width (mm)||136||136||136||136||136|
|Waist Width (mm)||108||108||108||108||108|
|Tail Width (mm)||132||132||132||132||132|
|Turning Radius (m)||18||20||22||26||30|
|Indiv. Ski Weight (g)||1850|
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Comments about Faction Candide 3.0 Skis 2017:
I used to think Candide Thovex was a freak of nature, but then I tried his skis and now I understand how he does it... I went from zero to hero. 4th best skier on the mountain to the undisputed best skier on the mountain. In all seriousness though, the 3.0s blew away my expectations. These sticks can smear or lay down an aggressive carve on demand, and offer an edgehold that gives you confidence even at Ted Ligety speeds through the crusty, iced-over side runs. Their moderate flexing hybrid core offers substantial and smooth 'pop' off of take offs (super easy to spin on too). Would be an awesome everyday, everywhere ski for those that prefer a slightly fatter platform and want to rip the whole hill like it's a terrain park.