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The big theme at Faction this year is clarification and the line is now super easy to understand. There are four ski series: Candide, Prodigy, Prime and Dictator, and each contains four skis numbered from 1.0 to 4.0. The Candide series remains the same except for additional sizing options and graphics, it's still performance focused and jib focused. Then theres the Prodigy Series, an easier to ski alternative for all mountain/jib skiers with twin shapes, early taper and tip/tail rocker on all models. I'm pretty hyped to try these because I loved the original Prodigy for a soft playful jib ski.

On the freeride side, you have the Prime series designed in conjunction with Sam Anthamatten. It's a range of lightweight, chargy skis for ultimate performance on both the up and down parts of your day. And last but not least the Dictator series, which replaces Faction's 'standard' models and is aimed at those of you who like to attack the mountain like it did something to offend you. All the skis look dope and Faction look to be continuing on their upward trajectory in the industry.

Photo credit: Grant Whitty

Candide Series

CT 1.0: 121-90-121 in 164, 170, 176, 182cm

CT 2.0: 135-102-135 in 166, 172, 178, 184, 188cm

CT 3.0: 136-108-132 in 162, 169, 176, 182, 186, 192, 204cm

CT 4.0: 140-118-132 in 176, 182, 188, 194cm

Prodigy Series

1.0: 120-90-110 in 168, 172, 176, 182cm

2.0: 126-96-116 in 168, 174, 178, 184cm

3.0: 126-106-122 in172, 178, 182, 186cm

4.0: 136-112-128 in 175, 181, 186, 193cm

Prime Series

1.0: 118-90-104 in 166, 172, 178, 184cm

2.0: 126-98-114 in 166, 172, 178, 184cm

3.0: 133-108-123 in 170, 177, 182, 189cm

4.0: 140-118-132 in 178, 185, 194cm

Dictator Series

1.0: 114-85-100 in 172, 176, 180, 184cm

2.0: 122-95-100 in 171, 175, 179, 183, 187cm

3.0: 132-105-121 in 174, 178, 182, 186, 192cm

4.0: 139-115-127 in 180, 186, 192cm