2017-2018 Faction Candide 2.0

Scott Nelson reviews the Faction Candide 2.0 for Blister Gear review

Faction Candide 2.0

Ski: 2017-2018 Faction Candide 2.0, 184 cm

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

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 for each length of the 2.0:

  • 166 = 14 m; 172 = 15 m; 178 = 16 m; 184 = 18 m

Core: Poplar / Beech, with carbon reinforcement

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

Traditional Camber Underfoot: stated: 2 mm; measured: 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: 16

[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 16/17 Candide 2.0, which was not changed for 17/18, except for the graphics.]

Intro: the New 2.0

The Candide 2.0 has been updated for 16/17 season, with a new topsheet and some tweaks to its construction. It has a new core made of poplar & beech (instead of last year’s poplar & ash), and a new micro-cap construction.

The Candide 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 K2 Shreditor 102) have proven to be very popular, and with names like Adam Delorme and Daniel Hanka associated with the 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 his latest edit 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 2.0, so we’ll see if the change in core materials and the new micro-cap construction pay off…

NEXT: The Review


  1. Kristian Mæland August 3, 2016 Reply

    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. Adam January 27, 2017 Reply

    Hi just wondered what your thoughts were on a comparison between this and Blizzard Peacemaker?

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