• Faction Royale 2010

      • Review by flatland on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
      • Review:

        Overall

        Definitely a fun freestyle oriented ski, easy to get flippy spinny. Fairly versatile for a big ski with bomber durability. Not as stable at speed or through chop as I would like but a longer length would help. I'd like to spend some time on the new 190. It's also fair to say that my skiing style has changed over the past couple years. I'm moving away from jibbier stuff to more of a fast aggressive huck my meat kind of style.

        Performance

        Fun and bouncy, easy to use the flex of the ski to pop of everything. I mounted 2cm back from centre, so I had a ton of tail. Once up to speed they had to float issues, but tips sank a bit at low speed. I attribute this to the forward mount and short length for my size. I'm 6'2" 220 lb, smaller people on this ski had no issues. Fairly easy to pivot in trees, but I found the tip and tail would catch about in wetter or crusty snow. The full sidecut was nice on groomers as it allowed you to engage more of the edge. I didn't like these skis in harder chopped conditions as they got bounced around. I found I had to work hard to stay in the middle of the ski to keep it balanced, didn't really cater to a forward aggressive skiing style.

        Design

        Pretty cool looking and a smaller company so I got lots of comments in the lift line.

        Value

        I think these retailed for about $800 CAD, fairly average for a ski of this style. You get a bomber ski, awesome warranty (2 years), and stellar support if you need it.

        Fit

        In 2010 the longest size made was a 183, which was nice and nimble but I'd like to spend more time on the 190 this year to get a better feel for the ski.

        Characteristics

        Relatively stiffer than most freestyle (ex. Hellbent) but not near as stiff as most big mountain/charger skis. Med/Stiff underfoot with fairly noodly tip and tail.

        Durability

        Better durability than any other brand I've been on. Only 2 coreshots after a season of use and abuse. I tend to ride over more rocks and trees than most people. No edge or sidewall damage and very minimal topsheet chipping. Hit lots of things that should have ripped out an edge to blown a sidewall only to look later and see a small scratch on the base.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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      • Review by MacMahoooon on Aug 29, 2013 @ 4:50 PM
      • Review:

        Overall

        Overall these are one of my favourite skis currently, and extremely high on the list of most fun I've skied. These seem to slay just about any condition and makes it fun.

        My only complaint is the short length, but once a longer version is available I think it'll be a blast!

        *Currently mounted at -6, which is more on the Powder than Freestyle point on their scale

        Performance

        I put these through their paces and they took everything I threw them into with ease. Deep light snow these are a dream to ski, riding up out of even the most bottomless I could find. Tip dive was never a concern. In less than perfect conditions these do a great job cutting through skied up crud thanks to the stiffness underfoot. Even on groomers I found they could really be opened up and you could make use of the 25m radius to really cruise. For something so fat they are surprisingly quick edge to edge as well and have great torsional strength. These start to complain a little when things get super bumped up, as they start to buck you around a little, but thats to be expected from a ski of this style

        Fit

        Currently these are only available in 175 and 183cm. At 6'4" and a powerful skier, I found the 183 just a little too short. The width and rocker have no problem floating me, and they were extremely quick to pivot in tighter spaces since they ski shorter with the rocker. Personally I'd just like a slightly longer version, which I have been assured is coming in next years lineup.

        Characteristics

        This is one of the stiffer skis I've tried in the BC Freestyle category. Underfoot the Zero camber stiffer section gives this ski a ton of versatility, it provides a nice stable landing platform, crews up crud and ever rails pretty solid turns on a groomer on the way back to the list. The softer rockered tip does an amazing job rising up ontop of soft snow, with zero worry of tip dive even in light and bottomless.

        Durability

        The construction feels extremely solid. Top sheet scratches less than expected with its glossy finish. Base is tough and shows no signs of shark bite yet, even after feeling a few hits. Small details like the bevel on the transition from sidewall to top sheet really helps with chipping as well.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Royale
    • Manufacturer:
    • Faction
    • Year:
    • 2010
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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