3.0 Candide Thovex

Faction 3.0 Candide Thovex

Brand
Faction
Model
3.0 Candide Thovex
Category
Freeride
Weight
1970 gr
Waist
111 mm
Tested length
191 cm
Year
2015

Explore ski touring in Norway:



SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

3
4
4
4
5
Fri Flyt overall rating of Faction 3.0 Candide Thovex:

8 / 10

Flotation:
8 / 10
Turning capabilities:
8 / 10
Stability at speed:
7 / 10
Technical info:
This is the test's lightest construction, and it´s lighter than many touring skis. It has rocker in the front and back, but barely any taper. The camber is flat and there is a pronounced transition to the front rocker. We tested this ski last year as well. It has one of the longest sidecut radiuses in the test. The flex is soft in most of the ski, and the tail is a notch softer than last year.

On snow:
The combination of long radius, long sidecut and low weight works surprisingly well for the Faction 3.0. It feels like a real big mountain ski, but with great stability at speed and absorption. The long sidecut ensures that this is not a ski to play around with. Due to the long turning radius, it is not quick from edge-to-edge. But the Faction 3.0 is a superb big mountain ski, and its low weight should appeal to the most dedicated touring specialists. This is a versatile ski that probably works best if you combine tech-bindings with skins.


3.0 Candide Thovex

Technical data:

Measured length
193 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 34445
Brand
Faction
Model
3.0 Candide Thovex
Produced
Polen
Available lengths
167, 175, 183
Contact length
105 cm
Rocker tail
40 cm
Rocker nose
48 cm
Side cut
155 cm
Taper tail
18 cm
Taper tip
20 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
10 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
10 cm
Max tail width
127 mm
Min waist width
111 mm
Max nose width
139 mm
Side cut radius
32.7 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
12 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2280 cm2
Weight
1970 gr
Relative weight
0.86 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
54 mm
Hight nose tip
79 mm
Angle tail tip
31°
Angle nose tip
36°

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.