2018-2019 Faction Candide 2.0

Scott Nelson reviews the Faction Candide 2.0 for Blister
Faction Candide 2.0

Ski: 2018-2019 Faction Candide 2.0, 184 cm

Available Lengths (cm): 158, 166, 172, 178, 184, 188

Actual Tip to Tail Length (straight tape pull): 182.1 cm

Stated Dimensions (185 cm): 135-102-135 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions (mm): 132.5-101.5-131.5

Stated Weight per Ski (178 cm): 1950 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (184 cm): 2031 & 2038 grams

Stated Sidecut Radius (184 cm): 18 meters

Core: Poplar/Beech + Carbon (underfoot) + Fiberglass Laminate

Tip / Tail Splay (ski decambered): 57 mm / 57 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2-3 mm

Recommended Line:

  • “Candide” mark: -1.15 from center; 89.9 from tail
  • “All-Mountain” mark: 4 cm behind Candide line; -5.15 from center; 85.9 from tail

Boots / Bindings: Dalbello Il More T ID / Rossignol FKS 140

Mount Point: -1 cm from true center

Test Locations: Copper (summer rails), Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, & Arapahoe Basin, CO

Days Tested: 20

[Note: Our review was conducted on the 16/17 Candide 2.0, which was not changed for 17/18 or 18/19, apart from graphics.]


A couple years ago, the Candide 2.0 was updated with a new core made of poplar & beech (instead of the 15/16 version’s poplar & ash) and a new micro-cap construction.

The Candide 2.0 (aka, CT 2.0) is situated in the very playful all-mountain jib ski category. At 102 mm underfoot, it is wider, softer, and more rockered than a traditional park ski, and it is aimed directly at skiers looking to play all over the mountain.

Skis in this category (like the Line Blend and J Skis Allplay) have proven to be very popular. And with skiers like Adam Delorme and Daniel Hanka associated with the CT 2.0, it’s pretty easy to have high expectations — they are two of the most stylish skiers in the game, as Hanka demonstrates once again in one of his recent edits on the Candide 2.0:

SMELLY SOCKS I 2.2 from Martin Bernard on Vimeo.

We’re also excited about this updated construction. We’ve heard reports of a few durability issues on previous iterations of the CT 2.0, so we’ll see if the change in core materials and the new micro-cap construction pay off…

NEXT: The Review

2 comments on “2018-2019 Faction Candide 2.0”

  1. When will you post the faction chapter 106 review?
    Tried it on a demo in norway and i had a blast on it. on soft fresh snow it was fun and easy to edge/carve. Would like hearing your opinion on it :)

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