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The redesigned Candide 3.0 Ski from Faction is here to take you into uncharted powder fields, hidden tree glades, and backcountry booters. Tip and tail rocker give this ski the ease you love while the minimal camber underfoot reinforces the smoothness with which you can use these to ski powder. An extremely light core means that you can whip these around very quickly for planks of this size, giving you a "best of both worlds" type feel to your ski day. 

  • Tip and tail rocker, minimal camber underfoot
  • Sandwich construction
  • Balsa and flax core
  • 112mm underfoot
  • Traditional sidecut 142/112/132

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4 5

Great backcountry rip stick

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up a set of these boards on sale, threw a tech binding on them, and they've been a great touring ski.

They're ridiculously light (even for a 191) but do well at speed and are super fun in soft snow. Haven't skied them in the resort, but my gut says they'd have a little trouble with variable conditions/resort crud just due to their lack of mass.

For my purposes though, they're doing just fine.

Can anyone give a review of this ski as a daily driver? How is it on firm snow and groomers? In crud? Does it make a decent one ski quiver for the West?

I ski both the 183 and 191 in the 3.0 as my daily, do-everything ski. I live in CO but ski in UT and Jackson every season as well. It's damp enough to shred groomers, and stiff enough to handle crud, and light and wide enough to float in the pow. I threw a Marker Tour binding on my 191, and use it as a touring ski. I'd say it does best on big lines in bottomless pow, but just last week I was thinking how good it felt on hardpack/packed pow groomers.

Hi I am 5'10 178 and I wanted to see if I could get away with a 175. Im looking for something that can be a daily driver at AltaBird and still handle a good day in the Vail bowls providing plenty of float. I have a 185 JJ and it feels a little long for most days. I am going back and fourth between the 175 / 185. Please help! Thanks!

I think the 175 would be great for you. You can get away with a longer ski with the Candide 3.0 as it's light due to the balsa/flax core and carbon sandwiching, and because there is so much tip rocker (and a good bit of tail rocker), it skis shorter. I am 6'2" and have the 183, and it's my daily ski, and kills it in pow.

I ride the Faction Soma in a 178 for a park ski and im 6'0 and it rips everything. I'd recommend that size

I am 5'8 165 and want to get the 3.0. Do you guys think I am better with the 175 or 183? it will be my daily driver in jackson