|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|On Snow Feel|
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Dynastar Legend 96 2020 - 2019 Review by A Better Ski
Today I am hanging out at demo days in Snow Basin Utah with sunshine, day old powder and the 2019-20 Dynastar Legend 96. This is a front-side all-mountain ripper that has fun looking shape, lively pop and just an all around fun energy about them. Lets take them out for a couple laps and see what they are all about.
Shape: rocker/ camber
Days: demo days
Conditions: Chopped powder; crud; groomers;
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The Dynastar Legend 96 is an all-mountain front-side ripper that likes to turn and has plenty of edge grip. With 96 underfoot, they are ready to explore and get a little crazy.
On the Snow Feel: On the snow, the Dynastar Legend 96 felt stable and locked-in no matter what the speed. I also felt that they were predictable and responsive.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Dynastar Legend 96 likes to turn. With a 17m turning radius and a progressive 5 point side cut, turning seemed effortless. Turn initiation was as easy as a little edge pressure and the Legend had good action out of the turn. They liked to make medium radius turns casually but were also to make shorter and longer turns if desired.
Speed: I thought that the Dynastar Legend 96 liked going from a cruising to fast rate of speed. For the conditions I found, I felt comfortable on this ski as fast as I was able to go on the terrain available. The edge felt locked-in and ready for more. Granted the groomers couldn’t be in better condition. I would have to try these skis out on a hard packed day to find the limitation of this edge.
Powder: If you are looking to have only 1 ski in your life, the Dynastar Legend 96 could be a good choice. With 96 underfoot, the Legend 96 wouldn’t be my first choice for a powder day but they would work well enough to put a smile on your face. They had a big tip that had a soft flexing rocker for good float and easy turns.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Dynastar Legend 96 handled the chopped stuff well. I didn’t feel like my brains were getting scrambled even at the higher speeds. These skis felt light and playful making the uneven snow a playground for getting airs and having some fun.
Trees/Bumps/Tight turns: Since the Dynastar Legend 96’s like to turn, are predictable and responsive, and have a hook free shape, they of course perform well in this category. I was on the 186’s and I liked that length for an all mountain ski to match with the med flex profile. I think that 186 is perhaps a but lengthy for skiing a lot of bumps and if you’re one of those guys that like to ski a lot of bumps, you should consider going down in length.
Edge Hold: I felt like the Dynastar Legend 96 had a solid edge hold, even at higher speeds. As I stated earlier, I would have to take these skis out on a hard packed day to find the limits of this edge. I do expect however, from what I felt, that the edge grip will hold up even at high speeds on hard packed snow.
Flex: The Dynastar Legend 96 had a medium/hard flex with a nice soft tip for float in softer conditions.
Intended User: I feel like Dynastar Legend 96 is a solid “single quiver” ski for levels advanced to expert. This ski, in my opinion, is better suited to cruising groomers more than getting off-piste. So if you’re the type of skier who likes to make turns, likes to cruise but also likes to push the speed, likes to be on groomers most of the time but doesn’t want their ski to limit their boundaries, the Legend 96 is a good choice for you.
Overall: I liked my experience on the Dynastar Legend 96. I thought is was a fun and playful feeling ski that had life and good energy. They are well suited for an advanced skier who is looking for a :single quiver” ski to help to push their boundaries and enhance their overall skiing experience.
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