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Faction Skis Dictator 2.0 Ski

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Dictator 2.0 Ski

When winter hits there's nothing you love more than charging at Mach 10 speed down some steep groomers. Except for maybe ducking and dodging trees while you blast through fresh snow, then popping back on the trail to charge at Mach 10 speed down some steep groomers. Okay, you love pretty much everything, which is why the versatile Faction Dictator 2.0 Ski is right up your ally. Its 95mm waist width can rip down corduroy cruisers with lots of control, and isn't so thin that it can't hang when the snow starts to fall. Especially not with a rockered tip and Faction's Surf Zone technology helping you float through knee-deep powder lines. You've also got a camber underfoot and a slightly rockered flat-tail design for better edge control, so whether you're arching huge turns or cutting it tight down steep slopes you've got a pair of skis that won't quit on you.

A full sidewall construction ensures ultimate durability over time so you can bump up against roots and rocks without fear, while a Fusion Lite core of paulownia and poplar wood keeps things light and responsive. You've also got dual titanal layers that dampen vibrations when you're cutting turns at high speeds, giving you a smooth ride everywhere on the mountain. It also comes equipped with a skin clip and boasts a backcountry-friendly weight, ensuring that even dedicated backcountry enthusiasts will find something to love in this all-mountain ski.

  • Rip resorts in all conditions with this versatile all-mountain ski
  • 95mm waist lets you cook down groomers and can handle fresh snow
  • Rockered tip and tapered Surf Zones ensure a floatier ride in powder
  • Camber underfoot and flat tail provide edge control on speedy runs
  • Titanal layers dampen vibrations when you're charging at light speed
  • Full strength sidewalls ensure a more durable construction
  • Paulownia and poplar provide a lighter and more responsive feel
  • Backcountry-friendly weight gives you the option to explore further
  • Item #FSK002D

Tech Specs

Length
155, 163, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187cm
Dimensions
122/ 95 /110mm
Turn Radius
17m
Profile
rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot
Construction
sandwich
Core
paulownia, poplar, titanal
Base
die-cut Ptex 3000
Tail
freeride flat
Claimed Weight
4lb 13.7oz
Recommended Use
all-mountain skiing, freeride/powder skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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Strong and Steady

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great for handling both icey, crusty conditions and grainy spring snow. I demoed these while night skiing at Brighton, UT and was pleasantly surprised at how well they handled high speeds + icy conditions with amazing edge control and no chatter.

Did Not Ski Like Candide

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good ski if you want something that's playful and floaty through chop and fresh snow. It's really good if you like smeary, buttery turns and have a keen eye for making runs your own playground.

This is the ski I would bring to the mountain on a sleeper pow day when I don't plan on pushing hard first chair to last. This is not the ski I would bring to a Freeride competition.

Despite the titanal, this ski was surprisingly unstable when going fast and crushing through chop. The shape is not conducive to making good turns down groomers. Even with good form, driving the outside ski forward, and keeping good angles through your lower body, this ski just doesn't really initiate and hold turns that well - particularly at speed. If you do indeed plan on skiing Mach 10, look for a stiffer ski.

Also, I'm not sure why this ski is advertised as backcountry friendly. 4lbs 14oz per ski. That's about twice as much weight as I would ever want to bring into the backcountry.

Don't get me wrong, this is a fun ski. I took it off some big features and rode out no problem. In deep snow it handles well. It is just not what I expected and does not match my style of skiing. I'll stick to my Peacemakers for freeride oriented days.

Butter Smooth

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Dictator's are a great ski for many different conditions. Surprisingly light weight in the 2.0 version for a ski with a full sidewall, a full metal laminate layer, and a responsive wood core. These elements give the 2.0 size a light and playful feel without the ski chatter that often comes with a surfy ski. The rocker camber rocker shape feels planted and touring focused but it can still get loose to slash turns with a bit of force. The low rocker design planes really well through soft snow and give a very comfortable glide for both touring and traversing.



You can mount this ski at the factory recommended position or you can push the bindings a little further forward for a more balanced feel. As i mentioned previously the touring shape of this ski with longer rockered nose and shorter planted tail with a tail notch is a tested design but with the fun faction flavor that makes this brand so popular. If you want a really nice touring ski but don't want to pay the 4 figure price tag that comes with many of the lightweight carbon fiber touring skis these are an excellent choice.

Butter Smooth

Amazing all mountain ski for East coast

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll be up front that I had a hookup who gave me these on a steep discount. Having skied them for about 6 days now, I would gladly have paid full price. I bought these to replace my 2013 Line Prophet 98's that had 100+ days. The Faction Dictators are a HUGE improvement over the prophets in all types of conditions. I generally get 20-25 days in VT plus one trip out west each year. I'm an advanced skier, but not quite an expert. Please consider all of this while reading my review because your experience with these skis will differ.

New England skiing is a tale of feast or famine. Already in this young 2018-19 winter season, I have skied a tracked powder day, spring-like mashed potatoes, man made slop and glacial ice pack. These skis take it all on. Like. A. Champ. The edge hold is a huge improvement over my prophets on ice and hard pack. No, it's not as good a slalom race ski, but good enough to maintain control at speed.

My favorite thing about the Dictators is the progressive flex. The tip rides over bumps smoothly, but is stiff enough under foot to rip down groomers. This ski is surprisingly light too! I think they are 1/2 lb. lighter per pair than my old Prophets.

I mounted these with Salomon STH2's, but kinda wish I mounted my brand new Salomon Shift touring bindings on them (they went on my powder skis). These skis are so good at everything and light enough you can do single day touring and crush whatever the conditions may be.

I'm a big believer in the Faction brand now and hope they keep this line of skis alive for when these need replacement in a few years.