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Part of the lightweight series by Verbier based Faction Skis with input from big mountain freestyle skier, Candide Thovex. Designed for experts who like to play in the powder but think they are in the park, we liked playing them ourselves during our 2013 on snow ski test.
faction candide 40 2013 skis
Expert, Pro
Big Mountain, Freeride
Best for
Big mountain turns on big mountain slopes with an added freestyle element.
175, 183, 190
Low speed
High speed
Overall Score
This is the big brother to the Candide 3.0, part of the Superlight series of big mountain freestyle skis that Verbier based Faction design for the terrain on their doorstep.

It’s not as playful as the 3.0 but perhaps that’s also because I’m pretty light (around 75KG), but our testers enjoyed the versatility of this ski in all conditions.

The 122mm waist puts it into a true big mountain category and as you’d expect, they feel right at home on the most extreme powder snow slopes with the added lightness that makes tricks and jumps that much easier to perform.

Back on the groomed stuff, it feels surprisingly agile too, providing you’re travelling at high speeds and making long, wide turns.

It might be light in weight, but it’s not light on intention – this is a serious ski for experienced freeriders and freestyle skiers who like to combine the two elements.
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