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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018



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Dynastar Speed WC Master [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
The reviewers all agreed: the Speedzone Master is a "fighter jet"... a real Giant ski, carved for very high speed and long turns. It's hard to find a better performer in this category if you don’t include FIS competition skis. The Speedzone Master is striking for its great grip and stability, both judged exceptional by the reviewers, so you can zip down the runs at speeds you previously only dreamt of. Once in the turn, the ski is incredibly stable and grippy. As one reviewer said, it’s as if you’re on rail tracks. The fast and easy turn entry and very energetic exit round off the picture nicely. It’s a must. However, offsetting the incredible delivery and excellent behavior in long turns, the Speedzone Master is less happy in short and skid turns. It’s a true Giant ski, an excellent tool that's highly recommended for good to expert riders/competition skiers aiming above all for performance, but who don’t necessarily want an FIS ski.

Liked: Excellent overall performance Good grip, turn performance, exceptionally reliable pressure Outstanding stability Easy turn initiation ...

Disliked: Ski requires good technical and physical prowess to be properly exploited The very grippy tail hampers skid turn performance More demanding in sho...

Dynastar Speed Zone 10 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Following some difficult years, Dynastar is back in the spotlight with its excellent "Speedzone" products. After scoring very well last year in the ProSkiLab review, this year the Speedzone 10 Ti got a "Best ski" distinction. It offers a combination of especially interesting features. First and foremost, it's a high-performance ski that has serious sporting qualities: fast turn initiation, good grip, great pressure at high speed including on hard pack, not to mention stability. It’s not long before we realise that we’re on a very, very fast ski. It’s happy in all situations: stable and well-planted in long turns, incredibly lively and energetic in short turns, fluid on soft snow... In short, it’s a great one-quiver ski, perfectly adapted to this category where we’re looking for versatility and consistency. The Speedzone 10 Ti also has a playful temperament that really impressed the reviewers. Less user-friendly than its cousin from Rossignol, it’s the ideal ski for good to expert riders looking for an athletic ski that’s still very versatile.

Liked: Overall performance User-friendly Fast turn initiation Agile and playful, slight oversteering Fun in all snow conditions Quality of pressure...

Disliked: Nothing special...

Dynastar Speed Zone 7 [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this category, we’re looking for accessible skis for weaker riders who have the capacity to progress technically to carving. While it’s not directly aimed at beginners, riders from the beginning of ESF’s class 2 will love the Speedzone 7 from Dynastar, in other words, riders who already master skid turns. Versatile, accessible, docile and responsive to every request, it’s truly awesome. Turn initiation is intuitive and skid turns are consistent, making it a very reassuring ski. But what really impressed the reviewers was its capacity to up the stakes, helping the rider make technical progress. The transition from skid turns to side slips then carving seems totally natural, especially on moderate slopes. You just need to get the right positioning and lean into the turn to see the skis begin to gently carve. When you step up the pace, even on hard pack, the ski remains incredibly reassuring and efficient for this category. We strongly recommend this ski for all riders who've mastered skid turns and want to progress to higher speeds and carving.

Liked: Generally accessible Good rotation Versatile Performs well in short and long turns Comfortable Great performance potential: carving, high speed ...

Disliked: Nothing special...

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Less energetic than the Laser SC and less precise than the Elite LT Ti, the Zone 12 from Dynastar stands out for its exhilarating performance and consistent behaviour. Very happy in all types of turn, the ski is well balanced, with flex distribution that requires a certain degree of physical engagement and technical know-how. The ski enters turns with ease, grip is excellent, pressure solid and reliable and the ski can be effortlessly controlled in turns. Only the rebound is slightly under par due to a somewhat over-flexible tail. A thoroughly enjoyable and fun to use ski, riders will quickly gain confidence, helping to maximise their performance. Like other models in the series, the Speedzone 12 is a great success for Dynastar. The model is recommended for a wide range of riders, from intermediary to expert, who’re looking for a ski that’s nimble, versatile and playful and will give them a lot of enjoyment.

Liked: Good overall performance Good turn stability Great carved turns Excellent compromise between accessibility/performance Will help the rider make...

Disliked: Slightly bendy tail means it lacks a bit of rebound Performance slightly less convincing at very high speed ...

Dynastar Speed Zone 16 Ti [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

Reviewed this year without its R21 racing plate (which it had last year), the Speedzone 16 Ti from Dynastar, like the Rossignol, lost some of its performance whilst gaining in user-friendliness and comfort. The ski has nonetheless retained its slalom qualities with excellent overall performance, fantastic grip and strong character. The Speedzone 16 will bend easily and anchors turns extremely well. On the other hand, you need to put some pressure on the tongue as the tail is fairly flexible, not an issue for good riders in this category. We recommend this ski for good to expert riders who want a sporty, playful and easy to handle ski that's still incredibly versatile.

Liked: Overall performance Consistent Good grip Energetic A flexible ski which bends easily even at low speeds A ski for all turns ...

Disliked: Needs to be skied in a slightly forward position A relatively flexible tail that won’t forgive positioning too far back ...

Dynastar Legend 88 [click]
Type of ski :

The reviewers found the Legend 88 to be globally well behaved, especially on the piste. However, they felt it lacked responsiveness on the groomed trails, and stability and smoothness on challenging terrains, probably due to its relative flexibility.

Liked: Good behaviour on piste Accessible and user-friendly Versatile for all turns Smooth in all snow conditions ...

Disliked: Lacks a certain liveliness, not very playful Stability found wanting, especially off-piste Flexibility hampers behaviour in crud and on steep slope...

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