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Next Year's Ski and Snowboard Gear

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Faction Skis

Photograph By Megan Michelson

Candide Thovex signed with Verbier, Switzerland-based Faction Skis one year ago. Next fall, Faction will debut a new lightweight pro model line from Thovex. The skis are made with a balsa flex fiber core, which makes them lightweight enough for touring, and flat camber underfoot with tip and tail rocker. The Candide 4.0, at left, is 122 mm underfoot. [Out next fall; factionskis.com]