|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|Core Material||Poplar and Fiberglass|
|On Snow Feel|
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Dynastar Menace 2020 - 2019 Review by A Better Ski
I am hanging out at demo days in Snow Basin Utah. It is a beautiful day and the snow is soft ant fun. I decided to take out a couple pairs of Dynastar skis. I just took out the Legend 96 and had a wonderful time. I traded-in for a more aggressive, all-mountain ripper; the Dynastar Menace 98. This is a beefy feeling ski with a traditional twin shape and a fun feeling flex. Lets check them out.
Shape: rocker/ camber/ rocker
Days: demo days
Conditions: Chopped powder; crud; groomers;
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The Dynastar Menace 98 is an aggressive, all-mountain shredder that can perform at a high level in all conditions.
On the Snow Feel: On the snow, the Dynastar Menace 98 feels solid and bullet prof.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I wouldn’t characterize the Dynastar Menace 98 as a turning ski. On the video I stated that this ski has a 21m turning radius but the literature all states 23m so I’m sorry I got that wrong. This does make since however because it felt like a 23. What does this mean for you? These skis don’t like to turn very much. If you like to make turns, check out the Dynastar Legend 96. If you like to ski fast, keep reading. With this said, at high speeds, the edges felt solid and carving large, high-speed turns felt like cruising.
Speed: I thought that the Dynastar Menace 98 is built for speed. If you like to casually cruise around at medium and moderate speeds, these skis are not for you. If you like to ski at mach 2 or better all day, the Menace is built for you.
Powder: If you are looking to have only 1 ski in your life, the Dynastar Menace 98 could be a good choice for a strong and aggressive skier. 98 underfoot works in the soft stuff especially if you are jamming at 50mph. The tips of the Menace had a soft feel compared to the rest of the ski and with some tip rocker, high-speed powder riding is a pleasure.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Dynastar Menace 98 is solid, damp and heavyset. These qualities usually make for a good off-piste, ready for anything type of ski. These skis didn’t disappoint in this category. While jamming through a foot of crud, I didn’t feel like my feet were getting tossed around at all. I was locked in and in control. This will be my highest praise of this ski and I feel like these skis would be well suited for some “Sierra cement” blasting back home in Mammoth Lakes.
Trees/Bumps/Tight turns: Since the Dynastar Menace 98 doesn’t love to turn on harder snow, these skis wouldn’t be well suited to making shorter turns. However, when in the soft snow I felt like the Menace responded better to turning and felt shorter and more nimble in the softer snow. Therefor I would feel comfortable taking these skis into the trees and tight places in soft snow conditions but wouldn’t want to find myself in a mogul field when things get hard.
Edge Hold: I felt like the Dynastar Menace 98 had great edge hold, even at the higher speeds. While I only found softer groomed conditions, I suspect form what I felt, that these edges would hold-up even on hard packed snow.
Flex: The Dynastar Menace 98 has a med/stiff flex underfoot with a softer tip for a more playful feel.
Intended User: I feel like Dynastar Menace 98 is a great all-mountain ski for that guy who is big and strong and aggressive and only likes to go fast and big.
Overall: I appreciate the Dynastar Menace 98 for its aggressive construction juxtaposed with a playful shape. This is a ski that you can really charge and go big on. I would like to feel these skis back home in Mammoth where the show gets deep and thick and super choppy. I expect that the Dynastar Menace would handle it’s own.
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