Faction Royale Skis

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Faction Royale skis

Faction Royale skis    Photo: Courtesy of Faction Skis

THE SELL: Playful powder specialist. THE TEST: With heavy rocker elevating the tip and tail and a dead-flat profile underfoot, the Royale is a dedicated powder tool, as happy landing tricks off of a booter in the backcountry as it is pivoting and smearing down a pillow line. Testers ran out of similes for fun as they described the agility and energy of the Royale in soft snow. But like the Black Diamond Megawatt, the Royale’s soft rockered tip and tail deflect quite a bit on firmer snow. THE VERDICT: Pure soft-snow bliss. 150/122/140, 9.3 lbs

POWER: 3.5

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