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One of 2021’s Awesome New Skis Came out a Year Early


January 15, 2020 Sports and Outdoors By

Winter 2020 has hardly begun (and in some places like New England, it feels like it hasn’t begun at all). Still, we’re already getting a glimpse of things to come in Winter 2021, starting with Faction’s limited early release of a new ski called the Agent 3.0.

The 3.0 is a forthcoming evolution of Faction’s ski touring-focused Agent collection, which it created to be lightweight walking uphill and fully capable skiing down. The new ski’s predecessor, the Agent 2.0, claims the best strength-to-weight ratio of any ski Faction makes and subsequently won its share of industry awards.

Faction built on that successful platform with the 3.0, which, with a waist width of 106mm, offers a wider platform for skiing in deeper snow. It fits into a growing category of backcountry skis aimed at those who prioritize the ride down as much as the walk up, and aren’t afraid to leg a little more weight to find that balance. As a result, the Agent 3.0 also has potential as a ski that can readily take on days within resort boundaries too.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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