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 minimal 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.
- Austrian construction is built with an emphasis on durability, increasing the useable lifespan of the ski.
- Biobased resin is kinder for the environment than traditional resin.
- Faction recycles scrap base, sidewall, and top sheet material.
- Full Carbon Layers help keep things light on the up.
- Made with 100% renewable energy.
|Lengths (cm)||172, 178, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2920g 
||132-109-126 [All sizes]|
||Round tip and tail|
||tip rocker, minimal camber, 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|
Questions & Reviews
These are a very unique ski! They're damper and less energetic than the backland, and take a bit more effort to turn. At speed they were very fun, I felt like they were a bit boaty at slower speeds.
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