The crew over atFaction Skis believes that skis are tools of escape and expression. CandideThovex would agree, as evidenced by his instantly recognizable style and his backcountry ready pro plank, the Candide 4. 0 Ski, a big mountain touring stick that's as unique as Candide's skiing. On the outside,its XL tip and tail rocker, flat underfoot section, and fat 122mm waist provide killer flotation and an abilityto surf powder fields with ease, so you can bang some quick cliff top turns, get sendy, and then slam on the brakes before you mob into those trees. On the inside, a balsa wood core integrates woven flax fibers to create powerful pop, snappy return, and boostability that most flat camberered skis can't match. A layer of multi directional fiberglass keeps the ski torsionally stuff, so you can rally it hard without speed wobbles or chatter. Faction opted for the strength and preciseedge control provided by sandwich sidewall fabrication, which isn't quite as light as a cap construction but makes up for it with stability, strength, and power, and also included lightweight 1. 8mm steel edges a plate underfoot to ensure edge strength and bomber binding mounts, because blowing out an edge or pulling a heelpiece out when you're miles from anywhere is an experience best avoided.