List Price US $0
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Skier Level Intermediate - Advanced
Ski Style Freestyle
Ski Width Wide
Ski Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Core Material POPLAR/BEECH
Turning Radius 16
Manufactured in
Powder Good
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Good
Moguls Good
Trees Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Good
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Easy

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Versatility

High

Playfulness

High

Faction CT 2.0 2020 - 2019 Review by A Better Ski

Demo days at Snow Basin UT and I have been looking forward to riding the Faction CT signature series.  The Faction CT 2.0 is designed as an all-mountain freestyle ski, that than rip the whole mountain. A real “single quiver” type of ski and seemingly right up my alley.  I love quiver killers and this ski has a fun looking shape and playful flex.  Candide Thovex has been influencing skiing’s freestyle movement for decades and if you saw his d-spin over Chads gap in 2000 you were dumbfounded and instantly a fan just as I was.  Unfortunately, CT is much smaller than I am so hopefully the ski he designed for his badassness works for us larger folks.  Lets check it out.

Size: 178cm

Days: 1

Riders: Dan

Conditions:  Chopped powder, crud, groomers.

Boots: Lange FR 130

Ski Personality: The Faction CT 2.0 is a playful yet stable all mountain rip stick that likes to go everywhere and do just about anything.

On the Snow Feel: With 102mm under foot, the short turning radius and soft flex, the Faction CT 2.0 likes to turn and has a solid, smooth ride.

Powder:  I didn’t get the opportunity to ski any great smooth big pow lines on the Faction CT 2.0 but I can tell that they would perform adequately.  102 is wide enough for an enjoyable ride in the powder and right in middle of the range for a “single quiver” ski. If you are looking for only one ski in your life, the Faction CT 2.0 will work for you soft stuff.  If you are trying to buy a ski that performs better for soft days, check out the CT 3.0

Turn Initiation and Carving:  The Faction CT 2.0 was a fun turning ski.  They have nearly symmetrical cut and flex, 16m turning radius, and camber under foot providing and easy turning experience.  This is not a performance ski for high speed solid groomer action.  The rocker profile makes this ski more suited to softer snow.  If you are looking for an all mountain ski that is better suited to cruzin’ groomers check out the Faction Dictator 2.0 from Faction.  Otherwise the Faction CT 2.0 held a good edge at medium and cruising speeds on machine groomed powder.

Speed:  On groomers, I felt comfortable on the softer groomers at cruising speed and definitely started feeling the edge getting loose at a more aggressive pace. I was skiing a super short 178 however and I expect that if I went up to the 184 I would enjoy being at higher speeds more.  In the soft crud, I felt stable and it didn’t feel like the tips wanted to take a dive.  Thus I felt like I could push the speed without worry in the soft snow.  Again, if you want to go fast, go up in length.

Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Faction CT 2.0 performed well in the off-piste and is really what this ski is designed for.  They are stable, responsive and playful.  Really a ski for that skier who is trying to jib and play and work on their all-mountain freestyle.

Flex:  The Faction CT 2.0 has a medium to soft flex giving this ski more of a surfy feel than a hard charging feel.  Perhaps this is where mine and CT’s weight come into play.  For me at 185 lbs I find that I cant get high performance out of a ski on groomers with a ski this soft but if you weigh 150 lbs. i’m sure the experience is different.   

Bottom Line:  I thought that the Faction CT 2.0 was a super fun ski and could be the perfect ski for the right skier.   For someone my size looking for a “single quiver” ski, I would be more comfortable on the 184 or maybe even the CT 3.0 at 108 underfoot.  This is a ski that fits that progressive skiing style.  If you like play on the mountain from top to bottom, left to right, the Faction CT 2.0 was built for you.

 
Faction CT 2.0 Past Reviews

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.
<h4><strong>Faction Candide 2.0 On-Mountain Video Ski Review</strong></h4>
<strong>Jacket: </strong><a href=”http://abetterski.com/ski-jacket-reviews/trew-cosmic-ski-jacket-review/”><strong>Trew Cosmic</strong></a><strong> Pants: </strong><a href=”http://abetterski.com/ski-pant-reviews/the-north-face-sickline-pant-review/”>The North Face Sickline</a><strong> Goggle: </strong><strong> <a href=”http://abetterski.com/ski-accessory-reviews/bolle-emperor-ski-goggle-review-and-buying-advice/”>Bolle Emperor</a></strong>

<strong>Boots: </strong><a href=”http://abetterski.com/ski-boot-reviews/rossignol-alias-sensor-120-boot-review/”><strong>Rossignol Alias Sensor 120</strong></a>

<strong>Bindings:</strong> <a href=”http://abetterski.com/ski-binding-reviews/tyrolia-aaattack-13-ski-binding-review/”><strong>Tyrolia Aaattack 13</strong></a>

<strong>Size: </strong>178cm, 184cm

<strong>Days: 1</strong>

<strong>Riders: </strong>Laura and Matt

<strong>Conditions: </strong>Soft Chop, Groomed, Bumps, Tracked Out

<strong>Ski Personality: </strong>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.

<strong>On the Snow Feel: </strong>The Faction Candide 2.0 is a semi-stable ski that has a poppy and energetic flex and decent edge hold.

<strong>Powder: </strong>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.

<strong>Turn Initiation and Carving: </strong>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.

<strong>Speed: </strong>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.

<strong>Uneven/Variable Terrain: </strong>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.

<strong>Bottom Line: </strong>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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