It may come as no surprise, but there aren’t many groomers in the backcountry. While this sentence appears to be silly at first glance, many manufacturers seem to design their backcountry skis to excel in the front country, not the backcountry. Combating this silly trend is Faction, who with the La Machine Mega, has created a ski made to excel off-piste, not on it. The Mega is a soft snow-oriented beast that is happy whether you find yourself in steep and deep trees, fast runouts, or billy-goating through rocks to get to the entrance of your favorite chute. This off-piste shrewdness can be attributed to the zero camber and healthy rocker profile of the Mega, which encourages slashing, slarving, and effortlessly pivoting between obstacles. With the environmental crisis that we are facing, Faction, with their use of biobased resigns, sustainable wood cores, and durable construction, is doing as much as possible to mitigate their impact. For a soft-snow ski that has an emphasis on maneuverability and fun, you’d be best to grab the La Machine Mega.
- Biobased resin is kinder for the environment than traditional resin.
- Faction recycles scrap base, sidewall, and top sheet material.
- Made with 100% renewable energy.
- Austrian construction is built with an emphasis on durability, increasing the useable lifespan of the ski.
- Full Carbon Layers help keep things light on the up.
|Lengths (cm)||172, 178, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2960g 
||132-109-126 [All sizes]|
||Round tip and tail|
||400 tip rocker, 0 camber, 230 tail rocker 
410 tip rocker, 0 camber, 240 tail rocker 
420 tip rocker, 0 camber, 250 tail rocker 
||Full strength sidewall, carbon layers, mustache flex|
||Paulownia wood core|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Mustache flex gives support just in front and behind the binding area with progressively softer towards tip and tail|
|Bottom Line||Smearing and slashing powder eater|
|Compare to other Excess-fat Skis|
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