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Faction Dictator 2.0 Ski Review
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Skier Level Beginner - Expert
Ski Style All-Mountain
Ski Width Regular
Ski Shape Directional
Camber Profile Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Core Material Titanal, wood
Turning Radius 20m@179cm
Manufactured in
Powder Average
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Poor
Moguls Great
Trees Great
Jumps Average
Jibbing Average
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Versatility

Moderate

Playfulness

Moderate

Faction Dictator 2.0 2020 - 2019 Review by A Better Ski

Here once again from demo days in Snow Basin UT trying out all-mountain skis.  I have day old snow, fading light and tiring legs. I needed some skis that were fun and playful rather than serious and high-maintenance.  The size and shape of the Faction Dictator seemed appealing to me.  They are light and agile looking with a poppy flex and plenty of rocker.  Lets see how they perform.

Size: 179

Shape: 127-96-117 Rocker/Camber/Rocker

Radius: 20m

Days: demo days

Riders: Dan

Conditions: Chopped powder; crud; groomers; 

Boots: Lange FR 130

Ski Personality: The Faction Dictator 2.0 is an aggressive all-mountain ripper that can do it all from having fun on the soft stuff to getting big airs in the terrain park.  

On the Snow Feel: I felt stable and locked in even at higher speeds on the Faction Dictator 2.0

Turn Initiation and Carving:   I was on the 179 which is on the shorter side for a guy my size and I had no worries locking in the edge even though they looked and felt short.  At a 20m turning radius, stiff flex, and rocker, the Faction Dictator 2.0 can make turns of all sizes but is most comfortable at higher speeds making med-wide sweeping turns.  

Speed: Like I said, I felt comfortable on the Faction Dictator 2.0 at higher speeds and I was only on the 179.  For me, although I would put these skis in an all-mountain category, I feel like these skis are more suited to making high-speed turns on-piste and felt like it would be a fun park ski at shorter lengths and an agile and playful yet high performing at the longer lengths. 

Powder:  Although I didn’t get to ski and fresh lines I can tell that it is quite possible to have a good time on the Faction Dictator 2.0 in the fresh stuff.  With the rocker profile and stiff flex, this ski would enjoy being at high speeds ripping through the powder, capable of both high speeds and quick turning action.

Uneven/Variable Terrain:  My least favorite part of the Faction Dictator 2.0 is their performance in the crud at higher speeds. I felt like they got tossed around a little and my legs had to work hard to keep me on line.  I suppose this is to be expected from a lighter ski in a shortish length though.  I imagine I would have a better time on the 187 length for skiing these types of conditions.

Trees/Bumps/Tight turns:  The Faction Dictator 2.0 is locked-in and agile.  Although these skis liked to be at med-high rate of speed, since they held an edge so well at the shorter length, I would have no issues with taking these skis in tight situations.  They turn quickly side-to-side with the rocker and 96 under foot is still narrow enough for quick edge-to-edge action.  

Edge Hold:  I liked the edge hold of the Faction Dictator 2.0 and would trust it up into hi speeds on med-hard groomers.  If things got really fast and hard I would prefer more length and perhaps the width of the Dictator 1.0.

Flex: The Faction Dictator 2.0 has a stiff poppy flex giving them grip and energy at high speeds. 

Intended User:  I feel like these skis are perfect for advanced to expert skiers looking for a playful and casual yet high performing ski that can rip the whole hill from park to powder (but mostly park.)

Overall:  I love a fun and carefree skiing experience and the Faction Dictator 2.0 delivered.  I had a lot of fun on these skis and look forward to trying the 3.0 and 4.0 on some good ol’  deep Cali snow.

 
Faction Dictator 2.0 Past Reviews

Faction Dictator 2.0 2017-18 Review by A Better Ski

The Faction Dictator 2.0 can be added to the list of powerful front side all-mountain skis, with 95 underfoot, we (west coast) will lean more toward calling this a groomer ski, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t handle itself off piste.

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Size:  183cm

Shape: 122-95-108

Radius: 21m

Days: 1

Riders: Chris

Conditions: Hard Pack, Trees, Bumps, Crud

Boots: Salomon X-Max 120

Ski Personality: Chargy, confident, lively and quick.  Sounds like pretty good combination to me, this ski will reward strong skiers and allow intermediates to progress without being overwhelmed.

On the Snow Feel: Plenty of material in this ski ensures a stable, and torsionally stiff ride, it goes where you point it and stays on track nicely.  It likes to finish turns cleanly, but doesn’t get pissed when you have to check it down and break free before that point.

Turn Initiation and Carving: Nice and quick, for those of you used to skiing a wider ski, this one will feel like a front side carver.  Getting an edge in the snow doesn’t require much effort and good form will reward you into the next turn with plenty of returned energy.  Relatively, flat through the ski creates a long effective edge and even longer as you lay it over further.  Early rise through tip and tail is gentle but helps this powerful ski ride a bit more compliant for for intermediates and cruising speeds.

Speed: The Faction Dictator 2.0 has a pretty wide range of skiable speeds, we are used to seeing chargy skis with flat tails that only like to go fast, or soft skis that like to go slow and skid turns.  The Dictator 2.0 is a really good happy medium that I think tons of skiers will find fun to ski on. 

Powder:  At 95mm underfoot, I can’t say that the Faction Dictator 2.0 slays deep lines, but common you can ski anything in powder right??  If your focus is deep snow or off piste, check out the Faction Dictator 3.0 which will give you a bit more ski to stay on top of light untracked snow.  If you like to dip in to the trees every once in a while, the 2.0 will do just fine.

Uneven/Variable Terrain:  The Faction Dictator 2.0 is plenty stout enough to charge through rough chopped up snow, not a heavy ski by any means, but strong enough to cut through crud.

Trees/Bumps/Tight turns:  The Dictator 2.0’s rockered tail helps make this ski as quick as it is and doesn’t hammer you if you get a bit back seat every once in a while.  Fun through tight trees and bumps, or through areas where you have to nail your line.  Feel free to size down if this is the type of skiing you are after.

Edge Hold:  Plenty of edge hold on hard cold groomers, thats why we like a bit of metal underfoot, right?  I think you will continue to see brands bringing back skis with metal in them which wad on the rise in 17/18.

Flex:  Stiff underfoot, and pretty moderate toward tip and tail.

Intended User:  I think that most skiers will find that this ski helps push them to become a better skier.  The Faction Dictator 2.0 is probably focused on the east coaster that wants powerful all-mountain ski or the west coaster that dips off piste on occasion.

Overall:  Mid-waisted all-mountain skis have quite a lot of competition, I’d have to look seriously at the Blizzard Bonafide if I was looking at the Dictator 2.0.  I think that the Dictator 2.0 is more approachable to the intermediate skier and doesn’t need to be driven as hard at the Bonafide. 

 
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2018

 
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