While your buddy's metal-layered, point-it-and-go skis are the equivalent of serious literature, Faction's Chapter 116 Ski is more of a choose-your-own-adventure plank. With a rockered tip and tail, and generous 116mm waist, it'll start its story off by surfing pristine pow and slamming turns in untouched bowls, but the sturdy sandwich construction and pre-stressed STP core technology give it enough backbone to rally down groomers and bust through crud when the day's story takes a sudden turn for the firm.
Low camber underfoot gives the Chapter some extra bite on hardpack, and the poplar and beech core stays poppy and quick with some tough fiberglass laminates giving it extra snap and stability for big airs and solid stomps. Faction pressed the Chapter with its rocker-and-camber-blending Transition Zones for a super-smooth feel and progressive turn initiation, and it finished the board off with a fast and tough P-Tex 4000 base with steel edges, so the inevitable rocks and logs that you'll ding won't put an end to your session.
- Playful powder skis for creative freeriders
- Wide 116mm waist surfs deep powder with ease
- High tip and tail rocker enhances float and turns quickly
- Slight camber underfoot adds grip on hardpack
- Poplar and beech core is stable and stiff
- Sandwich construction with durable sidewalls
- Item #FSK000Y
- Q & A
Super fun, steep learning curve.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had the Candide Thovex 3.0, and my tele binding ripped out of the balsa wood core. Faction warranteed them, and was happy to replace with anything I wanted, so I went with the Chapter, due to a heavier build.
Day one was weird - I'm a tele skier and was just having trouble getting to know these skis. I had read a few "negative" reviews about chatter and not very fun on hard pack etc..
Day 2, a little better.
Day 3 and beyond. I. LOVE. THESE. SKIS. They did take some getting used to. But once I learned how to ski them, they are amazing! very responsive, and tons of fun. I have no problems with chatter on hard pack, and they slay powder like nothing I've skied before. They have become my daily drivers (I ski patrol on them) and I have no complaints.
I don't count my days, so I don't know how much I've skied these, but I can confidently say this:
They slay pow, rip trees, handle crud (with no complaints from me (but I'm no ski racer, so take that how you will)), are light enough to tour all day (but I can't even keep up on the skin track with my friends no matter what weight ski is on my foot), and playful enough to air off of everything.