Dynastar Legend X 96 ski review, 2017/2018 men's All-Mountain Back Category, from our equipment experts at Realskiers.com powered by Masterfit.

Dynastar blended technology from its retired Cham series of skis with its Speed Zone race skis to create the new Legend series. The signature feature of the Legend X 96 is Powerdrive, a three-piece sidewall that goes about dampening shock in the forebody in an unusual way. By segmenting the sidewall into three parts, the laminates in the core are no longer bonded to the outer ABS sidewall, freeing them to shear back and forth to mitigate shock and retain ski-to-snow contact. The result is a smoothness and ease to the ride that makes the Legend X 96 the most user-friendly model in a genre stocked with powerhouse skis. The ski retains the five-point sidecut Dynastar popularized with the Cham series, which makes the Legend X 96 particularly easy to pivot in powder. The way the Powerdrive system sucks up irregular terrain makes the Legend X 96, “Predictable, comfortable and confidence inspiring,” said Peter Nestor.

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