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.]

Intro

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

5 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 :)

  2. I’m a tahoe skier 5’8, 145lbs and ski this in a 184cm. My initial thoughts after a few days on it this season are that it’s a playful, poppy, ski that’s fun. It holds an edge good enough, is poppy and playful. However, it’s just not quite damp enough to also rip through chopped up old snow. Basically I’m skiing this width when it hasn’t snowed in a while so on groomers, bumps, and on chopped up old snow. What I’m looking for is something similar but just a bit more damp and probably stiffer but not a 2×4, a playful ski in the 95-104mm waist width that will work for firm days in Tahoe. Other than race skis, I tend to mound most of my skis -4 to -6 from true center. Based on previous skis I’ve liked and your reviews I’m thinking about the following skis: Blizzard Rustler 10, Nordica Enforcer 100, Armada ARV 96ti, Blizzard Bonafide, ON3P Kartel 96.

    As you can see I’m not really looking for a directional ski. If I’m on a directional ski it’s going to be a GS or slalom ski. Some skis I’ve tried for this purpose but didn’t like: BC camox(hooky even after a tune for some reason but seemed like it should have been exactly what i was looking for. I even had a buddy try them and he had the same feedback and hated it. still not sure why it was so bad), line blend(too soft), line SFB(felt dead), moment pb&j(i thought the edge hold in firm snow was meh), soul 7(fun but shovel’s were too soft). I had the BC covrvus and really liked it for it’s edge hold and dampness in chop but too directional and not playful plus a little wider than I want for this ski. Years ago I had an atomic blog which seemed super fun but I got it in a length that was too short, 177cm I think.

    what I’m rocking in the resort right now: pow-185cm JJs or 185cm BC nocta, few days after storms-184 4frnt devastators or 189cm BC atris, firm-184cm CT 2.0, ice-GS or slalom race skis.

    So, what would be some skis you would recommend giving a shot?

  3. I have been skiing my CT 2.0’s in the woods at Smuggs for two years. They are awesome and the more I ski them the better they seem to get.

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