The Dynastar Speed Zone 10 is a lively and energetic frontside carver with a decent amount of power. It has a pretty tight 14m turn radius that is really fun for slalom type turns. The ski is stable and powerful, but has a smoothness to it that makes it feel easier to ski. This ski is definitely geared for intermediate to advanced skiers that like to carve quick, short radius turns, but it seems easier to ski than it should be. It definitely has some of the race qualities of the Speed Zone 12, 14, and 16, but is a bit more approachable and easier to ski. I think this could be a good ski for higher level intermediates looking to up their game.
Dynastar Speed Zone 10 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Conditions: Groomed, Hard Pack
Ski Personality: The Dynastar Speed Zone 10 is an energetic carver with a decent amount of power.
On the Snow Feel: The Dynastar Speed Zone is a pretty locked in ski. It’s not overly difficult to get on edge, but it takes a pretty good skier to get it to complete the turn.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Dynastar Speed Zone 10 wants to be on edge and wants to run. I think the Speed Zone 10 is a nice blend of ease and smoothness while still having a powerful race type feel. Initiation wasn’t difficult, but does require decent technique. I didn’t find it super difficult to bend the ski, and the rebound energey was solid and fun. I must admit that I’m not a huge slalom type skier. I really like longer radius turns, but the ski was still fun and exciting for me. Those that like to make lots of short radius turns will probably like the feel of the Speed Zone 10.
Speed: I was very intrigued by the Powerdrive “active suspension” tech that Dynastar incorporated into the Speed Zone line. The idea is to smooth the effects of shearing and create a smoother ride. I don’t know if I can really feel whats going on inside the ski throughout a turn, but the overall feel is smooth and stable. I really did like the feel of the Speed Zone 10 at speed.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Dynastar Speed Zone 10 is a front-side carver and it really wanted to be on smooth groomed terrain. I did have it “dust on crust” and it seems to handle that okay. But the ski wants to be on edge, and the the ski wants to stay locked in. Trying to skid or smear turns wasn’t all that fun, and even less so when the snow was tracked out or bumped up. Sure it seems like it could be fun with a little bit of soft snow on the side of groomers, but it really doesn’t seem to want to be anywhere off piste at all.
Edge Hold: I feel like good skiers will find the edge hold very solid. The ski wants to be on edge, and one there felt pretty locked in. But if you weren’t able to get the ski to initiate well, or to hook up it’s not going to be super forgiving, especially on hard snow.
Bottom Line: I really liked the feel of the Dynastar Speed Zone 10. For me it was a very capable carver, and yet it had this smooth and easy feel to it. I like the dampness at speed, I liked the way it initiated, and held through a turn. The energy was fun and exciting, and yet their was power. I think it could be a great ski for the advanced intermediate looking to up their short radius carving game. So, bottom line, if you’re looking for a smooth and powerful ski with a lot of energy in short radius, this could be the ski for you. If you want a powerful gs ski, then probably not. For me, it was more poppy, exciting, and approachable than the Volkl RTM 84 UVO, but doesn’t have the same top end speed or stability.
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