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The old Candide 3.0 was awesome, but things are rarely so good they can't get better, so Faction tweaked the board a bit this go-round, and early returns are saying that the new version is the best Candide yet. Faction slimmed the waist down a smidgen, from 112mm to 108, which gives the ski a slightly more pronounced sidecut (20m in a 182), and smoothed out the rocker profile for a better feel on hardpack and in variable snow. The resulting Candide is a slightly better mixed-conditions ski, but it hasn't lost any of the energy, stability, and playfulness that made the original so good.

To keep things light and lively, Faction built the Candide with a balsa wood core that's reinforced with flax fibers for extra strength and pop. There are also biaxial and triaxial fiberglass laminates, which give the ski tons of edge hold and torsional stability, and a binding-mount reinforcement so you don't pull out a heelpiece at an inopportune time. A sintered P-Tex 4000 base is the finishing touch, because going fast is pretty key if you're gonna make that step-up happen.

  • Rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot
  • Sandwich construction
  • Balsa wood core with flax fibers
  • Fiberglass laminate
  • Binding-mount reinforcement
  • Sintered P-Tex 4000 base
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So Fun, So Versatile

    I got these skis for my touring setup and wish I could afford a second set to put alpine bindings on as well. Downhill they are incredible, and the fact they they are light enough to contend with other popular touring options is awesome. In my opinion it's one of the best touring options if you want zero sacrifice in downhill performance. If you have any doubt that they can handle high speed in-bounds thrashing... you must have missed Candide's viral POV videos and I strongly encourage you check them out.

    I mounted mine with Dynafits and am super stoked on the combo. As I mentioned though, this ski would also be a great candidate for resort shredding if paired with alpine bindings. There's a lot of incredible skis on the market these days, this is definitely one of them.

    So Fun, So Versatile

    I have them with DIN bindings and they are, indeed, amazing. I'm getting ready to put on AT bindings for next year. Out of curiosity, what skins do you use? Do they work well? Is the rocker a problem while skinning up stuff?

    Hey Dave,

    I have been using the Montana synthetic skins with them this winter. They have been great (especially for the awesome sale price we have them at right now). Overall though my favorite skin for the wasatch has been the BD ascension.

    You certainly lose some skin traction with rockered skis, but there is no way on earth I would ever remotely considering touring with a non-rockered ski. Why put all that work in to get to the top of a pow run only to have the wrong skis at the top?? This ski is a great balance, and since they don't have crazy overboard amounts of rocker they still have plenty of traction on hard packed skin tracks.

    Great update

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The CT 3.0 has always been my favorite ski from Faction, and I am currently riding the 2014 version that is 112 underfoot and flat camber. I had the opportunity to ski the updated model, and I think it's a killer change. going to 108mm at the waist makes it a more turny ski, while adding 2mm of camber gives it a bit more pop on-piste. Staying with the lightweight balsa/flax core coupled with the updates made it a fan-favorite at the demos. This is my go-to for big, fast powder lines at Silverton, and as the ski is only 1850g in the 183cm, I have a touring set up on it and it makes for easy skinning in the BC. So fun, and the awards from BC mag, Powder, and Freeskier go to show that it's a favorite of many die-hard rippers.