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    Dictator 4.0 Ski

    If the biggest peaks and most heart-pounding lines are all part of your everyday playground, then the Faction Dictator 4.0 Ski might be the ski for you. This big mountain charger was designed to take on the deepest backcountry powder lines, and with you at the helm you can bet it'll live up to its potential and then some. The 115mm waist gives you tons of control and maneuverability in the deep snow, and thanks to the rockered tip you'll be surfing down solitary peaks and pillowy tree lines with ease. There's also a camber underfoot for better edge control on those ultra-steep, white-knuckle runs that require a few jump turns before you can let things fly. The slightly-rockered flat-tail also helps you navigate chutes and couloirs, letting you drift, slash, and schmear whenever you need too.

    A full sandwich construction gives you the durability you need for seasons worth of hard-charging freeride missions, while the paulownia and poplar core keeps things lightweight and gives you plenty of responsiveness to let you adjust on the fly when you're sailing through waist-deep woods. This lightweight wood core balances out the dual layers of titanal, which work to dampen vibrations when you're really charging and keep your ride stable through all terrain, including choppy and changeable snow. The tail-clipping in the back will let you easily clip in your skins and hit the trail, because you know that with the lines you're after, you're gonna need a ski like this.

    • Fat freeride powder ski for huge lines in the backcountry
    • 115mm waist cuts turns in waist deep snow without hesitation
    • Rockered tip ensures a floaty ride on powder-filled peaks
    • Camber underfoot and flat tail ensure edge control in steep chutes
    • Fusion Light core is light weight and responsive for quick cuts
    • Titanal layers keep stability at speed and in changing snow
    • Sandwich construction provides reliable durability
    • Skin-clip accommodates man-powered missions to backcountry lines
    • Item #FSK002F

    Tech Specs

    180, 186, 192cm
    139 / 115 / 127mm
    Turn Radius
    rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot
    paulownia, poplar, titanal
    die-cut Ptex 3000
    freeride flat
    Claimed Weight
    4lb 10oz
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain skiing, freeride/powder skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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

    Been a Snowbird/Alta skier for over a decade, so "big mountain" style skiing is pretty built into my DNA at this point. That said I never really gravitated towards heavier, directional skis with lots of metal because for years getting a ski like that meant getting HEAVY boards with little to no rocker, that absolutely punished you for skiing them with anything but a race-style, super forward, fully-flexed-boot style of skiing.
    Well let me tell you these skis were a really pleasant surprise!! I got all the torsional rigidity and stability benefits of a super-stiff directional ski, but Faction did a GREAT job dialing in the rocker profile, (almost) flat camber underfoot and long turn radius to turn what could have been a total tree-trunk of a ski into something that's surprisingly playful and surfy for it's size and stiffness factor. Full disclosure I tested the 186 at about +2-+3 from center and found them to be really really fun at that position.
    In short, this is a ski that absolutely SLAYS in Alta/Bird type terrain. You can make big, open, fast turns in variable chunder and chunk, but you can instantly shift into a more playful style by throwing them sideways for a slarve in pow and they won't fight you at all like other skis in this category certainly would. These were an absolute blast to test and now I need a pair for my daily driver at the Bird!

    Pow Slayers

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My first day ripping these skis was on a pow day and the experience was unbelievable. The 115 waist allows for effortless floatation through the deepest of pow. These bad boys will also plow through the cruddiest of crud. You will not be disappointed if you decide to buy a pair of these all mountain rip sticks!

    Best Freeride Big Mountain Skis

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've ridden a lot of big skis and these are by far the best big chargers for deeper conditions. I couldn't get them to sink in Utah powder, yet they still railed down big faces with icy or variable runs. A wide, stiff tail, minimal sidecut, and a very flat rocker camber rocker design with a metal backbone make these hard to flex out or pop off jumps but probably the most playfully stable stiffer ski i've ever ridden. I was able to smash through moguls and bumpy snow with ease, float through powder fields, and make big powerful turns all in the same day. Mounting them about +5 from the recommended mounting point so i could drive them more comfortably (i'm a smaller guy) was a great idea. I was hesitant about these skis but they where very easy to ski on for such a large pair. These are a very intuitive, surprisingly friendly big mountain skis in a field of hyper aggressive no compromise competitors that seem to fall short compared the dictator.

    Best Freeride Big Mountain Skis

    Like Wrangling two Wildcats

      Wow this ski will carry you through crud and heavy snow like nothing I have ever ridden before. I would only recommend this ski for a strong skier because if you aren't driving them, they will drive you. In this width you have to be careful with your foot work. If you stay in the drivers seat this ski will treat you right and let you float easily through deep pow, charge big lines, and will give you touchdown landings when things are deep, If you aren't watching out though, they can easily get pulled in weird directions throw you into the back seat and kick your but.

      Sweet Skis

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

      These are some gnarly skis. Very solid build and stiff construction make it a great tool taking control of the mountain. The wide waste on these let you float through powder like a dream and the overall rocker-camber design helps retain responsiveness in tight places. They also perform remarkably well on hard pack and through chunder fields.

      If you're into hard charging big slopes then these skis are highly recommended.