A little over a year ago, I stopped competing in slopestyle contests after more than a decade of seasons that effectively amounted to training, traveling, and competing non-stop from Thanksgiving until mid-April. As a result, both my relationship with and approach to skiing has changed fairly drastically. I’ve begun to take a much more relaxed approach to riding park, and I’ve begun looking at terrain parks as more than just training venues.
As a result, I’ve increasingly enjoyed riding wider and softer park skis; gone are the days when I was hitting enough jumps to warrant narrow, stiff competition slopestyle skis. I’m spending less of my time on the hill hitting jumps, and I’m finding narrow, stiff skis are less fun on a day-to-day basis.
The Faction Candide 2.0 is a 102mm-wide, rockered, all-mountain freestyle / park ski. It’s the widest ski I’ve ridden in the park so far, though its dimensions are fairly similar to those of the J Skis Allplay, which I reviewed (and quite enjoyed) toward the end of last season.
I’ve skied a wide range of conditions on the Candide 2.0, and can say that I’ve put it through the wringer. I’ve taken the Candide 2.0 off 30-ish foot jumps and tons of rail and jib features at Keystone and Breckenridge; skied moguls and some fairly steep lines in Vail’s back bowls; and worked it through steep trees at Arapahoe Basin.
The Candide 2.0 has a medium flex underfoot tapering significantly as you move toward the quite soft tips and tails. The tip flex pattern is similar to the Armada Edollo, though the Edollo features traditional camber through the tail, whereas the 2.0 has substantial tail rocker.
NEXT: Rails / Jibs, Jumps, Etc.