When a core is machined from a classic wood plank, about half of the material is wasted, either by milling or grinding. All this material needs to be removed during machining, wasting a lot of machine time. Also, when high end material is used as for bCores, this represents significant waste of a valuable material. Finally, reducing the waste by 50% simply reduces the environmental impact of the product by 50%.
Jon Clary Davies from Powder Magazine says the following about Faction Candide 4.0:
“At the 2013 Powder Awards, Candide Thovex told me how much fun he was having on a new ski. Called the Candide 4.0, it’s the newest ski in Faction’s Candide Thovex Superlight Series. Thovex said it was the best ski he’s ever been on. Not known for his hyperbole, I was intrigued. The 4.0 has similar dimensions to the highly-popular Royale, but has a firmer flex and a lightweight patent-pending balsa/flax hybrid core, which makes it 20 percent lighter than the Royale. Candide, you (still) have our attention.”