big willie stylewrote a review of Faction Skis Royale Ski on December 13, 2012
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was excited to try the Royale after reading great reviews about this ski from Powder mag. and other sources. after putting some time on these in varies conditions from Ice to powder I came away dissapointed. In powder they float and surf good, very fun. The downfall is when the crud starts to setup and get hard they get tossed around pretty bad. On anything soft they carve and hold an edge very well, but on anything hard they get real skeetchy fast and will not hold an edge at all, in comparison both the line Ep pro which is a noodle and the k2 hellbent are much better skis on the groomers and anything hard. But i must say they are very stable at speed, i found no speed limit with them. good skis but there are a lot better out there.