Dynastar Legend – reborn or remade?
Al Morgan, the Ski Club's Kit & Equipment expert, gives the low down on the Dynastar's latest range of freeride skis.
Dynastar’s tagline for their Legend range of skis is ‘Legends are made not born’.
So, by this statement does it mean legends are remade? Dynastar has previously had a Legend range of skis and it was exceptionally popular and had a very strong following. This did make it very exciting that they were bringing the Legend name back.
As far as I can recall, the last time the Legend freeride line-up of skis was in the range was in the 2011/12 winter, as they then released the Cham range of freeride skis for 2012/13. The Cham range was also very popular and for winter 2016/17 they had their Cham 2.0 range, and this was again an improvement on their Cham range.
For this winter, 17/18, the new Legend range has been launched and I was lucky enough to ski some of the range at the SIGB Ski Test in Kuhtai, Austria, in March 2017. I’ll tell you a little more about that in due course.
First, a bit of recent ski development history from Dynastar.
For 2016/17 winter Dynastar introduced the new Speed Zone range of skis with Powerdrive technology, an innovative and very interesting way to smooth out the ride on firm snow and provide superb levels of grip.
Typically in skis, the layers in the ski are built one of top of the other above and/or below the wood core (the wood core is often a laminate construction with long, narrow bands of wood glued together side-by-side in the core of the ski). Different woods have different characteristics, and the materials used above and below the core can help alter the stiffness and dampening of the ski. This can alter the ride of the ski, helping to keep the ski smooth and grippy.