Faction Mana 2
Category: All Mountain
Length Tested: 183
Lengths: 166, 173, 178, 183, 188
Dimensions: 131/102/127
Radius: 20m @ 183
MSRP: $899.99
More Info:

I was happy to click into this ski every chance I got. Confidence inspiring at half throttle, the Faction Mana 2 was right there with me when I decided to turn it on. It was most impressive while wiggling through tight trees in search of the last vestiges of a pow day, and both fun and capable in all types of conditions and terrain, from the groomers to the glades to the steeps. But best of all, it was a no-nonsense sender that shined brightest in soft snow and embraced the sensation of stomping a big air, which there’s nothing quite like. To generate enough velocity in a short flight to make your jacket flap in the wind, only to abruptly transfer all that energy directly through your skis into the snow, and have it all be absorbed while leaving you unscathed is always incredible to me. The Mana’s poplar core facilitated such a feeling, and its rubber/carbon stomp pad sucked up all of the landing impact from one of my favourite sends of the season. All in all, I'm pretty excited to get back on this ski. —JOHN TRUDEN

Location: Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C.

About This Tester:

John Truden
Age: 32 / Height: 5’9” / Weight: 180 lbs
Occupation: Rope Access Technician & Ski Patroller
Years Skiing: 28
Preferred Ski: 184cm Length / 111mm Underfoot
Preferred Terrain / Conditions: Steep Trees & Spines / Soft & Consolidated

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