2015 Faction Heroine ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s All-Mountain Front Category.

Based originally in Verbier, Faction formed in 2006, aiming to produce freeride and freestyle skis, even signing freeskier, Candide Thovex. Now the women’s line is in its second season, housing the all-mountain twin ski, the Heroine. Testers found its park-esque sidecut (126-92-116) conducive to bumps, “but stay on top of them,” warns Pugliese. The shape also lends itself to mid-level speed for medium-radius turns, “like a single speed bike,” says Johnson. Details include a poplar/ash wood core in a sandwich construction with rubber to dampen vibration. The Heroine also has tip/tail rocker and STP technology, which presses small waves into the ski in order to soften the flex. “This ski is a straight shooter—it handles best cruising down an average slope,” says Rodman.