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The Faction Soma is a true all mountain ski with a twin tip profile and designed for recreational to advanced skiers - we take it everywhere we can during our 2016 on snow test in Kuhtai, Austria.
Level
Advanced, Expert
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
All Mountain riding for recreational to advanced skiers from piste to powder
Price
£329
Season
2016/17
lengths
172,176,182
Bindings?
No
Versatility
9
Off-piste
9
Value
9
On-piste
7
Performance
8
Overall Score
9

All Mountain skis are often labelled that way because they are capable of handling many situations, but master none of them. The Faction Soma appears to be different - they ooze confidence in all areas and seem to be ultra-forgiving too.

This makes them very suited to an intermediate skier looking to get into the off-piste terrain but wants an easy turning ski for both piste and powder. The twin tip profile makes them appealing to a younger, freestyle orientated skier who wants to play in variable terrain and potentially the park too - an aspiring Candide Thovex perhaps.

On groomed slopes they glide around with ease and allow you to pivot quick short radius turns that feel snappy, great for bump skiing and especially good in softer snow conditions. Where they fall down a little is on ice and hardpack piste as the edge grip just isn't up to it.

Still, they are not designed for skiing on hard pack pistes, so best avoided altogether. As you'd expect from a ski in this category, the twin tip is complemented with a front rocker - not too severe, but just enough to help with that quick turning movement and floatation in the powder snow. There's a blended Polar/Beech wood core that ensures an even flex both along the skis length and torsionally.

If you're the kind of skier looking to push your boundaries, especially away from groomed runs and want a fun loving, easy turning ski to handle it all then the Soma is the elixir you're looking for.