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Back and better than before.

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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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.