Why we chose the Faction Candide 5.0: Playful, gutsy, French style
Lengths (cm): 175, 183, 190
Sidecut (mm): 152 / 122 / 140
Radius: 25m (183 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Flat-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1900g
Candide Thovex. Heard of the guy? You know, lazy threes, La Clusaz side hits and pond skims to heli-pickups. The man is one of the godfathers of freeskiing – and his Candide (CT) line from Verbier-based Faction Skis is certainly one of the most deserving ‘pro’ lines out there.
There was no way we could omit including this style master’s ski line in a skiing buyer’s guide. The CT 5.0 brings the original Candide 4.0 back to life, revived, updated, and raring to go.
Faction Candide 5.0 Build
So, how do you build a ski that can hold its own through sketchy straight lines yet remain playful and poppy when you fancy opening up the freestyle taps? Well, Faction has constructed the CT 5.0 from a hybrid core consisting of balsa, pachaco and poplar. This keeps this ski lightweight enough to spin without turning it into a soft noodle when you put the pedal down.
“These are the skis the man himself is said to reach for most days in La Clusaz”
The Candide 5.0 remains the stiffest in the Candide lineup of skis, which is understandable given that these are the skis the man himself is said to reach for most days in La Clusaz. This stiff flex throughout the ski, combined with the wide 122 mm waist width, means that you’re going to need to be a pretty capable pilot to steer these.