Faction Candide 3.0

Faction Candide 3.0
Category: Offpist / Freeride
Level: Advanced
Brand: Faction
Modelyear: 2018 - 2019
Measure (Tip/Waist/Tail): 135/108/134 mm Turning radius: 20.00 m Weight: 1860 gram (182 cm)
Sizes: 162,169,176,182,186,192,204 cm
Price: 889 $
Manufacturers description
Spend your mornings laying down first tracks then your afternoons airing natural hits and crushing steep freeride lines? The CT 3.0 has a versatile 108mm waist that floats with ease in the deep snow but is also manageable and responsive in choppy and harder conditions. Designed with Candide, the freestyle-inspired shape with a tapered sidecut makes the ski easy to press and wash out when you want to jib, but also holds a strong edge when you ask more from it at high speeds. The updated Hybrid Core keeps the weight down but adds extra durability and life while the Titanal plate underfoot makes sure you can rely on your bindings to hold when you demand the most of them. This is the perfect one ski quiver for the rider who is always on the lookout for fresh goods and needs a lightweight, versatile ski to rip up the whole mountain.

(Official information from Faction)


What do you think about Faction Candide 3.0?
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HamPersson
01/01/2019
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Strenghts:
+ Good edge grip (for its width)
+ Easy
+ Versatile

Weaknesses:
- Sometimes awkward "tail"

Summary:
I was looking for a versatile ski that I could bring with me in the piste / park in the morning and then do shorter trips in the afternoon.

I have so far enjoyed the best on playful and lively skis with relatively short turning radius and have thus been prepared to renounce stability. I most recently come from a pair of Nordica Soul Rider 95mm and a couple of Line Mr. Pollard's Opus 122mm, both with a turning radius of about 18m, the latter with quite pronounced loses both front and rear and only a smaller span under the foot while the Nordica ski did not have any really lose and very discreet "early rise".
         Of these two skis, Faction CT 3.0 (hereinafter CT) is similar to most Nordican. Both have long "effective steel edge" with good edge grip thanks to very discreet taper. The CT is wider and is perceived more slowly edge to edge and has a noticeably longer turning radius. When it gets messy, alternately soft and hard, I think Nordican feels safer / more subdued than the CT, probably an effect of the latter being, despite its width, some 100 grams lighter than Nordican. The flex pattern is similar to each other. Relatively stiff under the foot but softer in "tip" and "tail" - both with a lot of poop.

For me, the CT feels and looks like a bloated park ski. I have a Salomon Shift binding mounted 4cm behind true center which feels right for me who never went on fully centered skis (Nordican -4cm, Line -2cm).

I find myself getting the most I wanted - a ski that can do a little of each. Most preferably, I had had a shorter turning radius and more "damping" in the ski, but since I then had to sacrifice both edge grip and weight I do not see it as actual weaknesses without expressing my own naivety who want a ski that is best at all.
         For me, instead, the ski's biggest disadvantage is the wide "tail" (only 0.5cm difference between front and back). Firstly, the "tail" has a lot of bearing capacity in the off-piste which, in combination with a rather discreet rocker profile, is perceived to be worse (or at least change) flowing a little slightly. With the bindings "just 4cm" behind the center line, you also have quite a lot of skid behind which, in combination with its width, makes me experience it somewhat clumsy when it is messy / pucky. But with that said, I really do not experience the ski as "chopped / hooky" (cut fast etc) - it is easy to make speed checks, wrap around in rotations etc without getting "chopped".

As for length, I am satisfied that I chose my "regular length". It is made in a 204cm length and is light which could indicate that one would prefer to choose a size larger than usual but if you value playfulness and wit of the ski do not go up in size. The ski is playful but no super-soft BC ski, and thanks to minimal taper you have a good edge grip even in shorter sizes. In addition, the ski's wide rear will not be less reminiscent of longer sizes!

Model year: 2019
Length on the ski: 186 cm
Riders weight: 82 kg
Riders length: 184 cm

Dekadent
25/12/2018
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Strenghts:
Excellent all-round ski for the Alps, perfect "know-not-what-I-should-go-but-be-good-yet" ski. Goes steadily in speed (despite its relatively low weight), and moved well for me in up to knee deep. Funny and poppy ski to bounce around in the drive up with, and smooth for a little easier leveling (no rails)

Weaknesses:
Unfortunately, the topsheet feels a bit meager - after 8 days of use, my couple have more small skins than my Bentchetlers from 2013 that I have battered properly over the years.

Summary:
Mounted mine with Pivot 18 and appreciated them incredibly much so far after a week's skiing in really good alps snow and 4 days Hemsedal in December. According to me, perfect for anyone who wants to get away with having a couple of skis that work well for everything - especially in the Alps. I myself take a couple of 123mm skis for the deepest days, but this winter I promised myself to give these a chance even in the deepest.
Going to Åre in winter v.4 and going to be interesting and continue to see how they get in Scandinavian conditions, was really fun in Hemsedal last year.
If I had thoughts of doing so, I think that a Shift binding / other spinning had covered another category pretty much, especially if you are a little skeptical about the very easiest hiking trails.
A great compromise between most different categories of skis, and really fun to drive on!

Model year: 2017
Riding style: General piste / pillows (preferably pillows), minimal with park and no touring
Length on the ski: 186 cm
Riders weight: 80 kg
Riders length: 180 cm


Stenback
19/03/2018
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Strenghts:
versatile, stable and playful

Weaknesses:


Summary:
Pork skid. Was able to drive hard while playing playful and poppy. In my pist I pressed on and challenged it as much as I could and the ski was going well. It went well in the snow. Had been super cool to test in really deep snow. A good allround ski. Rating 5.

Riding style: Powder
Length on the ski: 186 cm
Riders weight: 75 kg
Riders length: 183 cm

MEstenberg
04/12/2017
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Strenghts:
Good pop
Stability in the uproot
playfulness
Versatility
Swings well in the piste
Speed ​​stability (Considering weight and size)

Weaknesses:
Not the best flow
The tail may feel limiting in the woods

Summary:
Has mounted the skid on the Candide mark (about 2-3 cm behind the center) with a pair of Tyrolia turbines. Have traveled with the skid in ice pist, nypistat, 3 dm cold nose, crooked cold nose. In ice piste it is of course not the funniest ski, which can be assumed in terms of width. In nypistat and half-shot piste you can cut at high speed, which can be assumed to depend on the cutting and the minimum rocker.

The ski is best suited to the conditions under which I feel that you can take advantage of the ski's potential to the maximum. In these circumstances, the ski is extremely playful and keeps good stability when increasing speed. In the woods the tail can feel big and clumsy as there is a lot of skis behind the tie, and minimal rocker. In clean cushions the ski is okay but with the minimal rockers the skid has it is hard to keep the peaks above the snow.

Have not tested the ski in the park, in heavy snow or wreck yet. However, think that it's a great ski slope in the park because it's basically an upscale parkside in my eyes. Would recommend this ski to anyone who plays in the skiing system like Candide during the winter / winter, then to ride and go parking in a waster before in the spring

Model year: 2017
Riding style: 20% Piste, 30% Pillows, 20% Park, 30% Peak trip
Length on the ski: 186 cm
Riders weight: 83 kg
Riders length: 183 cm

Freeskier
04/10/2017
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CT (Candide Thovex) 3.0 is available in the length of 204 centimeters, just one such thing. Number three all the tested skis in the golden waist range 100-113 millimeters. The perfect ski for the more jibbic freelancer liked those who tested.
Rating: 9.5