|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Core Material||Titanal, wood|
|On Snow Feel|
Faction Dictator 2.0 2018 - 2017 Review by A Better Ski
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.
Faction Dictator 2.0 Ski Review and Video
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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