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Can we get a 10-4 on the Faction Skis Ten5 Ski? Roger that, captain. Or you can Rogers Pass that, too. Ten5, referring to the 105mm waist width, is the name of the game for all-mountain fun. And what's in a name? Well, for these sticks, it means a propensity for pow dustings, an aptitude for busting through crud and chop, and lust for laying it over on hardpack and groomers. The poplar and beech core balances dampness, weight savings, strength, and snappiness for an ultimately playful, powerful, and responsive ski. Add in a strong, light, chatter-quieting titanal sheet, and you get a ski with maximum torsional rigidity that wouldn't be a nightmare to tour on.
Though you'll never find Faction in the racecourse, they did glean their Dual Radius Sidecut tech from world-cup race planks. Front of the boot center, the turn radius gets it right and gets it tight like early 2000s rap songs, while a 20% larger sidecut behind the boot increases edge-to-edge responsiveness for smooth turn initiation, wicked precision, and a bit of extra help when landing in the backseat. Transition zones, camber underfoot, and a rockered tip and tail provide burly edging power with a floaty, jibby feel in soft snow.
- Planks for feasting on hardpack, bumps, and chop
- 105mm waist width balances levity and precision
- Traditional camber underfoot to power through turns
- Rockered tip and tail to keep you above chopped pow
- Poplar and beech core is damp, poppy, and responsive
- Titanal sheet quiets chatter and vibrations
- Burly sandwich construction stands up to abuse
- Q & A
Super Versatile All Mountain Ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Stiff but lightweight ski that so far has handled excellently in all types of conditions - Quick turning on groomers, stable enough to charge and capable of big landings. I mounted boot center but would recommend maybe 1 back