SIGB Ski Test Blog: Faction Candide 3.0
Each year at the SIGB Ski Test the biggest ski brands showcase their latest and greatest, but as well as the major players there’s always a handful of smaller manufacturers in attendance too. You might not see their skis lining the walls of ski shops throughout the UK, however in some cases these skis can be well worth the effort of tracking down…
Faction, whose skis are designed in Verbier and handmade in the EU, were at this years Ski Test in Kühtai for the first time. A recent collaboration with Candide Thovex has resulted in a new line of skis from Faction. If you’re not familiar with Candide, take a look at the trailer for his film Few Words, and then come right back. You might want to take note of the fact that as an X Games gold medallist and a winner of the Freeride World Tour, the guy knows a couple of things about skiing.
As the collaboration between Candide and Faction enters its second season, more progressive and interesting shapes and camber profiles are starting to make an appearance. The Candide 4.0 is new to the line-up, and while its dimensions are comparable to the award-winning Faction Royale ski, the use of balsa wood and natural flax fibres has made the ski about 20% lighter. Bonus points for using environmentally friendly materials too.
The Candide 3.0 model returns but is updated for 2013-14, and this is the ski I was most excited about taking for a spin. It’s now a flat camber ski with more pronounced tip and tail rocker, so it’s more manoeuvrable in the bumps and trees, but retains a stiffer flex for opening it up on big slopes. At 112m wide at the waist it’s no carving ski, but it’s considerably more manageable on hard-packed snow than the Royale or the Candide 4.0. That means it could be a winning choice for those who need to deal with all conditions, but still want a worthy weapon with plenty of float when it does snow. With the lighter core it’s not a bad shout as a freeride-oriented touring ski either.
Here’s Beanie from The Faction Collective with a run-down on the new Candide 3.0.