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Faction Candide 4.0 vs. Dictator 4.0
Anyone have any time on both of these skis?
Very different skis obviously but given Candide's style he chargers pretty hard damn hard on his namesake ski.
Was thinking of getting the 192 version of either and mounting it with a CAST binding for a slackcountry pow ski. Would primarily be used out west but perhaps the odd day here or there out east.
Skis I've liked:
Dynastar Pro Rider (105 underfoot, 192cm)
Blizzard Peacemaker (104 underfoot, 186cm)
ON3P Vicik (105? underfoot, 186cm)
Loved the old-school feel of the Dynastars and Viciks while the Peacemaker was, IMO, the best ski ever made for East Coast skiing. It could do it all.
ON3P Billygoat (116 underfoot, 189cm)
Line Mr. Pollard's Opus (116 underfoot, 185cm)
Issues with the BG were that I felt like I couldn't drive the tips like I can with the Dynastars. Issue with the Opus was that I felt they were too floppy at high speeds in chop or crud (not surprising).
Had a couple days in Japan on the Candide 4.0s, I was really happy with them, having said that, it was pretty much the best conditions you could ask for, but I found they stored pretty hard, and had as much float as I could ask for. In the little bit of lit tracked out snow, they were good, they're fairly stiff, so they don't get bent, but quite light, so I could see them getting a bit bounced in heavy chop.
I've got the Candide 4.0 and I daily drove it all of last year out here in CO mainly at Keystone.
A very fun ski for all over the mountain, nimble in the trees, but also stiff enough to straight line sketchy run outs. When the powder is good is where the ski really shines, the steep and deep will keep you going all day on this ski.
I would recommend this ski for the park rider turned free ride enthusiast.
I don't have the Dictator 4.0 but I do have the 2.0. The Dictator is a beast of a ski, it has two layers of tip to tip titanal and will kick your butt if you aren't prepared to be on it all day. Definitely for the harder more technical rider.
Firstly, I don't think there's any reason that you or anyone else should get the Dictator 4.0. It's the most aggressively one-dimensional ski on the market, it's made to charge HUGE lines in perfect snow and nothing else. As for the Candide, there's just nothing compelling about it to me. There's chargier ~116mm freestyle skis and there's plenty more playful as well. I'd look at Moment Wildcats, Rossi Blackops, and the Kartel 116 all before the CT4.
Yeah, if you wanna charge in chop or crud, I would not recommend either of those skis.
The Dictator is brutal. Yes, it is very stiff so you can push it as hard as you want, but it doesn't have the dampness to complement that, and it will punish every single mistake you make.
The Candide is more forgiving, but it's also quite light and not damp. It also has a very progressive mount point, and I think if you didn't like the Billy Goat cause you couldn't drive the tips, I doubt you'd love the CT 4.0
If you like the Pro Rider, I'd take a look at the ON3P Wren 114, current Blizzard Bodacious, Volkl Confession, Prior Overlord, Nordica Enforcer Pro, and maybe the Moment Wildcat. They'll all be more stable than the Dictator and Candide, and some will also be more forgiving.
**This post was edited on Dec 1st 2018 at 8:00:58pm
Moment governor could be worth a look as well. It’s pretty much a directional bibby
Stay away from the Dictator unless you're planning to rip nasty lines in AK, Jackson Hole or Chamonix... CT 4.0 is a great ski, tons of float and not too stiff.
You may want to check the Prodigy 4.0 as well. Slightly softer in the tip and tail so it can get surfy in the pow but still stiff enough to rip tracked out chop and harder stuff. 112mm underfoot so slightly narrower than the CT
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