|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Core Material||Carbon, poplar, titanal|
|On Snow Feel|
Dynastar Legend X106 2018 - 2017 Review by A Better Ski
Dynastar Legend X106 2017-18 Review by A Better Ski
Taking over for the Dynastar Cham 107 is the Dynastar Legend X106, the Dynastar Cham line was always kind of lost on me, so I went into the Legend X106 with some pretty low expectations, but after 2 runs on this thing, I was blown away. Definitely a ski with some roots that are more traditional (camber/flat tails) this thing is stable and RIPS.
Dynastar Legend X106 Review and Video
Conditions: Hard Pack, Soft Groomers, Trees, Bumps
Boots: Salomon X-Max 120
Ski Personality: The Dynastar Legend X106 is a front side carver with a voluptuous body. A nimble turning radius, paired with camber, flat tails and a proprietary dampening system keeps the ski pointed down the fall line with confidence.
On the Snow Feel: Confident, stable and strong, the Dynastar Legend X106 feels like a well built, well thought out all-mountain ripper aimed at an expert level skier. Beginner and intermediate skiers will find this ski too demanding possibly scary if you yet haven’t learned how to finish those turns and get off the tails of the ski.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Paired with a strong boot, the Dynastar Legend X106 is very quick turning, strong laterally helps the ski feel more like 100mm underfoot. I loved the 17m turning radius, I sometimes feel like strong skis are being cut with very little shape (large radius) and thus hard to let loose at the resort for fear of the lives around me. Small and medium radius turns were a blast on this ski, it does like to finish the turn with a ton of energy getting you into the next turn aggressively. Skidding turns on the Legend X106 did cause chatter, so you may want to detune the ski a bit to help it release more smoothly.
Speed: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom….this one goes, acceleration is fast, keep your weight into the front of your boots, keep the skis pointed down the fall line and you’ll be smiling from ear to ear. Get back seat and they may quickly become scary.
Powder: The Dynastar Legend X106 is a great option for someone who wants a very capable front side ski, but wants to dip off piste at times. If you consider yourself a powder hound, who loves to slash and slide in the deep stuff, there are better options. A generous tip and 106mm underfoot will keep you on top of soft snow, but the Legend X106 is going to have more of a serious side to it.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Dynafit added “Powerdrive” to this years ski lineup, I’m still having a hard time figuring out the difference between the marketing hype and whats really going on, but I can tell you, that this skis is unbelievably smooth and stable. Even as the snow becomes less then perfect, the Dynastar Legend X106 is on point. Similar feeling that you get out of the excellent Stockli Stormrider lineup.
Trees/Bumps/Tight turns: Actually, surprisingly fun through tight trees and bumps, quick turning on edge and a smooth release help you get this thing over quickly. If I planned to ski lots of trees, I would grab the 182cm version, or step up to the 188cm if I planned to be on big faces or and deeper snow.
Edge Hold: Hip to ground would explain this one pretty well, we covered it a bit, but be careful if you are a newer skier, this one will hold on to the snow all the way through the turn.
Flex: Really stiff underfoot, but some compliance built into the tip and tail.
Intended User: Upper intermediate (looking to be pushed by their ski) to expect
Overall: I am going to try to get this ski for a long term test, I would really love to get it into deep snow to verify its ability. Skiers with a traditional background (eastcoasters/racers) will love how stable the Legend X106 is on groomers, and the skis ability to bounce into the trees and off piste. There is a reason that this ski has ended up abetterski.com favorite.
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