Faction calls the 3.Zero a rockered freeride twin, evident in its near-symmetrical dimensions: 142-112-132. The 3.Zero received its highest tester scores for versatility and playfulness, thanks in part to tip and tail rocker, full sandwich construction and a poplar/ash wood core. It’s stiffer than the Candide series, made from balsa wood. “Can carve well for a big mountain ski,” Bills said. “Didn’t float as well as other skis in the category but was strong through the crud,” Witman added. “It has good edge hold and transitions well from groomers to bumps.”