The Faction Candide 2.0 will probably be a very popular ski this season thanks to all the creative edits that Candide and Faction have released. The ski itself is a fun jib oriented all-mountain freestyle ski that has a lot of pop and a smooth buttery feel. It’s more stable than expected for a playful twin-tip and held up better at speed and in chop than expected. It is similar to the K2 Shreditor 102, but seems to have a bit more stability and a bit more dampness.
Faction Candide 2.0 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Bolle Emperor
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Size: 178cm, 184cm
Riders: Laura and Matt
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Bumps, Tracked Out
Ski Personality: The Faction Candide 2.0 is a playful all-mountain freestyle ski that has a poppy and energetic flex. It’s more stable than expected and has a bit stiffer flex than expected for an all-mountain freestyle ski.
On the Snow Feel: The Faction Candide 2.0 is a semi-stable ski that has a poppy and energetic flex and decent edge hold.
Powder: The Faction Candide 2.0 has a playful and poppy feel in deeper snow, and the twin tip design allows you to ski forwards or backwards with ease. With a 10mm waist, it’s not going to have fantastic float, but it’s certainly capable enough on all but the deepest days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: We both found the Candide 2.0 to be easy to maneuver and easy to get on edge. The flex makes it relatively easy to bend into the turn and on edge the ski is pretty stable. We were actually both surprised at how smooth the ski felt. It has a poppy and energetic flex, but the ski doesn’t feel quite as responsive, quick, or powerful than we first expected. Still, it’s a fun and playful flex that does have decent rebound energy. It feels at home on edge, but was probably more fun slashing or skidding turns than purely carving. The twin tip design is noticeable when coming out of a turn. It was perfectly willing to complete the turn, but there’s not as much power as skis with a flatter tail. The plus side is that it is really easy to break the tail free and slash turns or scrub speed.
Speed: The Faction Candide 2.0 feels more stable than we expected. It doesn’t feel quite as soft as most freestyle oriented all-mountain skis, and has a decent amount of dampness. I’m still not going to be taking this full speed down any steep line I come across, but it’s good to know it can handle some speed when I want to get on it. Being as playful as it is, neither of us were opposed to slowing down and taking a more playful and creative approach.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: We weren’t overly impressed with the skis performance in deeper tracked out snow. It seemed easy enough to maneuver when bases were flat, but trying to cut through deep tracked out snow wasn’t as easy. The tail felt like it could get hooked up a bit, and it seemed like a bit more work to get it from edge to edge. Still, with that poppy and energetic flex it’s easy to bounce through that type of terrain and play around on bumps and tracked out snow. The ski is more damp than expected, but I’m not going to come in hot and try and blast through.
Bottom Line: The Faction Candide 2.0 is a fun and playful all-mountain freestyle ski. The flex is fun and snappy and we felt like we could launch off of any roller or bump in sight. The ski is more damp than expected, but it’s still not a hard charger. It’s easy to get on edge, and has decent energy out of turns. It’s not overly powerful, but can hold up when carving at speed. It’s probably slightly more stable and powerful than the K2 Shreditor, and just about as playful and poppy. Both are great skis, but if you need a little more stability and a little less slashy or surfy feel, the Candide 2.0 has a slight advantage.
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