Elliott Bates wrote a review of Faction Skis Candide 3.0 Ski on January 16, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Started skiing the Candide 3.0's this season and they are fantastic. I noticed the lightness immediately as compared to my previous skis from a bigger brand. So much easier to rip and I love how they are constructed with lightweight balsa wood yet have flax stringers to give solid dampening. I skied them at Silverton a few weeks ago and they excelled in the pow on the upper mountain due to the flat camber. When it got crusty or hardpacked, they were easy to turn due to the lightness and held the edge well as there is some noticeable sidecut and the tail rocker gives you easier release/initiation on turns. As compared to my heavier skis I noticed no difference in chattering on groomers or hardpack.
Bottom line- super light, yet really solid feel. So playful and easy to rip. Extremely well designed and built. Love the fact that they are designed by Candide himself and made in Europe by hand.