Faction – Chapter 106

With a fairly hefty flex and excellent edge grip this all-mountain-slash-freeride ski works well on-piste, but comes into its own in chopped up 3D snow and bumps. This is a super manoeuvrable ski that you can flick around with ease, but the overall feel is planted and stable: you can bend them into fast GS turns with confidence, or simply stand on them and rail through chop and crud like the 10:47 to King’s Cross. Interestingly, we’d rank it as a stiffer alternative to our other favourite 106mm ski – Armada’s ARV 106. It’s funny how a width can define a feel and attitude as well as a category, so this particular size seems to define the ‘wide all-mountain big grin’ micro-niche. As with the best wide skis it feels thinner and fatter depending on the terrain. Rocker tip and tail keep it capable of park pranks if required, but we’d focus on using it all over the hill without worrying about the snow conditions. An interesting and entertaining new model.

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