This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
The Candide 3.0 doesn't need an introduction, because millions of people saw them on the feet of Candide Thovex in his viral "One of Those Days" edits. I am not Candide and I can only dream of skiing like him, but I did really enjoy this ski even with my mortal capabilities. It walks a fine line between being snappy and nimble, but it is still stable when the speed picks up. I particularly enjoyed these skis in slushy spring bumps, which is an area where a ski of this width may not always excel. That speaks to the versatility of the ski, and It does feel like one of the best options currently out there for a one-ski quiver on the left coast. While I am not convinced that this skis namesake is not a highly advanced skiing alien, I am sure that this ski is a blast and could be a great option for any skier who enjoys not having to worry about which ski to bring out every day.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
Playful, poppy, prodigies.
Faction knows why they're rad. Their boards are poppy and built to stomp. They're connoisseurs of energetic and lively skis. In 2020, Faction doubles down on what they do best -- making the best even better.
2020 Faction Skis Highlights
Faction beefs up the Prodigy 2.0 from a 96mm waist to a 98mm waist. The1.0, 3.0, and 4.0 are back with rad new topsheets, designed by Parade Studio.
The Candide 1.0 and 2.0 are back with just a graphic update, while the CT 3.0 and CT 4.0 have new core materials. In place of the balsa/poplar/flax, the new 3.0 and 4.0 will have a balsa/pachaco core and should feel more responsive.
The new Chapter Series blends the playfulness of the Candides with the shape of the Dictator. At 86mm underfoot, the Chapter 1.0 ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
Highlights from the 2019 Faction skis lineup:
Along with some flashy colors schemes, Faction rolls out a Prodigy line for 2019 that features more unified construction. The company basically took the tech from last year's Prodigy 4.0 and pumped it into the narrower models in the series.
Lighter, with flax. New rocker profile, shape, and flex. At waist widths of 90, 96, 104, and 112, the Prodigy line offers burly, smooth all-mountain/big-mountain performance—a nice midpoint between the CT line and Dictators—at lower price points than the Candides.
You've now got yet another option for skiing like Candide Thovex: the CT 5.0. Offered in a 183cm length, it's a 122mm-waisted, twin-tip powder ski with a 25-meter turn radius that looks ultra ... Continue Reading
2019 Faction Candide 3.0 Description:
For 2019, Candide Thovex's popular lineup gets some tweaks. In this 3.0, poplar has been added to the core to help the skis hold up to abuse over time and hold better edges. But wait a second...you know who Candide is, right? And you've seen one of his "One of those Days" videos, yes? If you answered 'no,' leave our site and go get educated right now. OK - you're back. As you can see, Candide is simply one of the best skiers alive, and his signature series of pro models are built to help people (try to) ski like him. This is especially true of the 3.0. At 108mm underfoot, it charges the whole mountain with an unparalleled blend of freestyle and big mountain performance. Ski testers rave about the CT 3.0's ability to slash and smear, which is expected, but also its ability to hold a reliable edge at high speeds in variable snow. Make every day one of those days.
2019 Faction Candide 3.0 Specs: