Downdays just posted officially. Candide is now riding for Faction.
It’s finally official now!! There have been rumors around for months now, but good journalism often needs time to verify things first and then make it public. We knew something was about to happen, we were just waiting for the confirmation, and that just came true 10 minutes ago:
FA|CT: Faction X Candide Thovex Collaboration from Faction Skis on Vimeo.
Every journey starts with a single step. FA|CT is the launch of a collaboration between Faction and Candide Thovex with the aim of creating high performance innovative products.
From this start point The FA|CT Collaboration has created products with cores of recycled PET that feel and perform like wood. Reinforcement layers of natural flax fibre replace fibreglass and carbon and the use of water-based inks help to create less waste. The result is a more environmentally friendly ski with improved performance and feel, combined with reduced weight of up to a staggering 900 grams per pair.
The FA|CT collaboration introduces three products to the market: – a freeride fat twin, a park/pipe twin and a kids all-mountain twin.
Candide 3.0 – Freeride Twin
Tip/Waist/Tail: 142/112/132mm, lengths: 167/175/183/191cm
A double Editor’s Choice award-winning freeride twin just got supercharged.
We took our 3.zero, already one of the best high-performance freeride skis on the market, and together with Candide refined the flex pattern for better control, feedback and stability. The D120 core and flax fibres result in a ski that is 900 grams per pair lighter than the standard model.
Candide 1.0 – Park and Pipe
Tip/Waist/Tail: 114/82/110mm, lengths: 168/173/178/181cm
A perfectly balanced, fully-centered sidecut park and pipe ski for those who want ultimate control and responsiveness in a phenomenally lightweight, durable package. Starting with the Kennedy platform, Candide replaced the core and re-profiled the flex for optimum feel over the entire terrain park. Destined to be a classic.
Candide 0.5 – Kids Ski
Tip/Waist/Tail: 113/79/105mm, lengths: 125/135/145cm
Finally, a high performance junior freestyle ski for aspiring heroes.
Using the same bomber construction as Faction’s adult skis, the FA|CT 1.0 combines sandwich construction with a generous 79mm waist width. Deep sidecut and a flex that will help younger skiers develop over the entire mountain, whilst rewarding those who are already advancing.
Candide Thovex quote:
“Skiing, as you might have guessed is my passion, I am always looking to push the boundaries of the sport with every project I work on. Faction has given me the opportunity to bring my creativity and knowledge and combine it with their expertise in product design and manufacturing to create a new level of product.
We picked out key features we wanted to concentrate on, namely performance and environmental impact, without allowing one to compromise the other. We looked into the available options but were not satisfied with what was currently being utilised. Many “eco-friendly” products, on closer inspection, are not sustainable or performance enhancing so we went in search of new technological developments. I have been testing the products whilst filming for my upcoming Quiksilver film project and I’m so impressed by them, they are lightweight whilst retaining a traditional on-snow feel.
We are excited to have produced our first range, which we will continue to grow over the coming years, endeavoring to lead the field in performance and ecological advancements. This is only the first stage and already I can’t believe the progress we have made in working towards our goals.”
and then there is a whole interview thinguse the clicky if you want to read it.