Why we chose the Faction Mana 2: Playful, ‘chargey’, durable
Lengths (cm): 166, 173, 178, 183 & 188
Sidecut (mm): 131 / 102 / 127 (183 cm)
Radius: 20m (183 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,880g
So it’s out with the old and in with the new for Faction this winter. With the departure of Candide from Faction, the Swiss-based freeski champs have given their previous playful chargers – the CTs – a bit of an overhaul.
This is where the Mana range comes in. They slot directly in where Candide’s signature series sat and do, more or less, the same job. And that’s not a knock on the Mana at all, the whole CT range were legendary skis in their own right, so it’s great to see this blend of a freestyle shape with a burley flex pattern live on.
In terms of these skis, the Faction Mana 2, they’re blending a 102 mm waist width with a newschool mount location and damp construction to provide an extremely powerful all-mountain ski that’s happy charging across the entire mountain.
Faction Mana 2 Build
Taking a look at the construction, the Mana 2 features a Poplar and Beech core at its heart to provide both pop and dampening in their own right. Remember that Faction’s aim in creating this ski was to produce a ‘chargey’ symmetrical ski with a park bias, so it totally makes sense that Faction went for this hybrid core construction.
The skis are also built to last life between the park ropes, too. You’ve got a rubber and carbon stomp pad underfoot that works to both provide shock absorption for when you’re stomping landings, while also dampening vibrations when you find yourself laying these planks over on edge through the kind of conditions that’d usually rattle your fillings out.