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We took the Faction Dictator 2.0X for a spin at this year's Ski Test and found it packed a powerful punch both in terms of looks and on the mountain performance.
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Freeride
Best for
Hard charging, powerful skiers who like to be in the front
Price
£549
Season
2018/19
lengths
155,163,171,175,179,183,187
Bindings?
No
Float
7
Versatility
8
Playfulness
7
Energy
8
Value
8
Stability
8
Overall Score
8
+
Powerful ski that wants to charge
Missing a little bit of finesse

If you're looking for a delicate, under the radar ski then look away now. The Faction Dictator 2.0X is a bold, bright pink beast of a ski guaranteed to grab you all the attention on the mountain.

With its brilliant pink top sheet, the Faction Dictator is a massive attention seeker so you'd better make sure you're capable of delivering a strong downhill performance, or you run the risk of looking like a total wazzock!

The Faction Dictator 2.0X is a classic freeride, flat tail ski that demands to be skied with power, commitment and grandes cojones (or the female equivalent). With two layers of Titanal surrounding a lightweight poplar/paulownia core, the Dictator 2.0X has been built with strength and stability in mind and delivers excellent edge hold if you fully commit to the carve.

Designed to charge hard on the groomers and power through variable snow, Faction describe the Dictator 2.0X as a 'sidecountry GS race ski'. Make of that what you will but as long as you understand that the Dictator 2.0X wants to be travelling at speed then you'll need to be able to let it rip if you really want to see what it can do.

For all its bluff and bluster, we found the Dictator 2.0X turned surprisingly well in steeper sections thanks to the 15m turning radius and at 1,630g is just about light enough to be considered as a freeride touring rig.

At 95mm underfoot, the Dictator 2.0X is a versatile off-piste performer that's more than capable in deep snow but you might want something a little wider if you're heading in the direction of Japanese powder.

All in all, a really solid, if not particularly playful ski that will satisfy powerful, confident female skiers. Whilst it definitely requires a solid drive, if you like to be in the front then you'll be pleased with how the Dictator 2.0X responds.

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