Ski: 2015-2016 Faction CT 3.0
Available Lengths: 176, 182, 186, 192cm
Stated Dimensions (mm): 136-108-131
Stated Sidecut Radius:
- 26 meters (192cm length)
- 22 meters (186cm length)
- 20 meters (182cm length)
- 18 meters (176cm length)
Core construction: Balsa / fiberglass
Stated Weight per Ski: 1,850 grams (182cm length)
We’ve been trying to get on Candide Thovex’s pro model skis for a few seasons, and we’re more curious than we’ve ever been about the updated CT 3.0.
(Seriously, Faction – we’d love to stop the flood of emails from readers around the world asking why we haven’t reviewed your skis. Time to get in the game.)
For the 2015-2016 season, Faction has nixed the the 3.Zero from their line (which is essentially the 14/15 Candide 3.0, but with a heavier core layup), and made some changes to the Candide 3.0, now called the CT 3.0.
Compared to the 14/15 Candide 3.0, the updated CT 3.0 is a little narrower (now 108mm underfoot, down from 112mm), has a tiny bit more camber underfoot (2mm instead of 1), and a slightly tighter sidecut radius.
But the CT 3.0 still has a lightweight balsa wood core, weighing in at 1,850 grams / ski in a 182cm length. And if you’ve seen Candide’s super-human skiing in his “One of Those Days” edits, you’ll know the CT 3.0 and wider CT 4.0 were designed with playful, freestyle all-mountain skiing in mind.
While Salomon is making touring skis with balsa wood cores, now both Faction and Line are making light, jib-oriented all-mountain skis with such cores. (The redesigned, 2016 Line Sir Francis Bacon, which we’ll be getting on soon, weighs in at a feathery 1,760 grams per ski in a 184cm length.)
We haven’t been able to ski the Candide 3.0 this season, but now we’re dying to try out the new CT 3.0 next to the new Bacon. If “light and fun” are what you’re looking for in a ski, then it sure seems like the 3.0 is worth considering, too.
Here’s to hopefully, finally, finding out.