When the opportunity arose for someone to represent Fall-Line at the 2020 Dynastar Ski Test in Chamonix, Fall-Line’s Ad Manager Rich Evans read the email, told nobody else about it and immediately drove to France…..
“My quads are screaming at me to stop, my head is telling me to stop but my brain is demanding I continue. Everyone else in the group has fallen by the wayside and I’m the last one standing – but only just! I’m desperately hanging onto the tails of the instructor who has been assigned to our group on this Dynastar ski test but I suspect I may also be holding him up. I decide I’m better off calling it a day and let him go to get a couple more laps in – he’s clearly loving these skis as much as I am!
It’s early January and I’m in Argentière at the top of the Chamonix valley having managed to fight off the other Fall-Line staff to take part in the 2021 Dynastar Ski Test. The snow isn’t perfect but at least we can ski off piste and give the 2021 fleet a good test on some mixed snow.
I arrived last night to the launch of Dynastar’s brand new freeride/touring M-Series and the re-launch of the S Range with the very retro Omega and Course piste skis. The evening was spent sitting around open fires, sipping beers in yurts and hearing first hand from the boot and ski designers who did a fine job of whetting our testing appetites with ski tech talk a-plenty.
The next morning we gathered at the base station in our groups to test the skis. The air was cold and buzzing with anticipation and psyche. First up – the piste skis.
The Speed Omeglass Master SL R22 may not be totally ‘new’ for this winter, but we have highlighted it as a 2021 Editors’ Choice ski for all you merchants of speed who like to live life on the racier side of rapid.
Based on World Cup slalom skis and created by Dynastar’s race technicians, the Speed Omeglass Master SL R22 is a high- performance, super-grippy ski that holds an edge like its life depends upon it.
With a few pointers from the better skiers in the group I’m getting more out of them and I’m left wondering are these skis or rails? There’s just so much grip underfoot!
As you’d expect from a high-end, race-oriented ski, it performs best when pushed so don’t expect an easy cruiser. Give it the groomer beans however and you’ll be rewarded with superb rebound in return.
Designed to deliver balance, power and precision when travelling at speed, the Speed Omeglass Master SL R22 has a powerful and durable ash wood core, moderate tip rocker for maximum edge control, and full length titanal layers to keep things super stable when you’re driving hard through the turn.
While it takes the majority of its inspiration from competitive race skis, the modern sidecut and shorter radii mean you won’t have to be wearing a race suit to get the most out of this speed demon.
They are fast, fun, reactive and agile, and will keep turning all day long. You bring the legs, and the Speed Omeglass Master SL R22 will do the rest!
After a welcome break for lunch we’re back out to test out the brand new M-Pro 99 which sits in Dynastar’s new M-Line – a spankin’ new range of freeride and touring skis that represents the latest evolution of the super-popular Cham, Legend and Mythic series.
With an all-new outline shape and hybrid wood/PU core, the M-Pro 99 is a super-slick, well-designed ski that offers the smoothest of rides.
Versatile, capable and built to go fast, it’s a mid- weight freeride ski with an average rocker profile, capable of doing a whole lot of things very well indeed. The new Rocket Frame Titanal laminate enables power on demand, and the full width underfoot and tapering towards the tail combine to deliver a light, nimble ride with great edge contact in the hardest of conditions.
I’m really impressed by its performance both on and off-piste – when it comes to on-piste performance it has the stability and edge control to carve it up on the hardpack, and the moderately deep tip rocker delivers a smoother, tighter turn than you’d expect.
By all means take it for a spin on the groomers, but it’s beyond the ropes where the M-Pro 99 really shines. Damp, lively and easy to pivot, the M-Pro 99 is most at home popping through the pow, floating on fresh and charging through the chop.
If you’re into super-powerful, heavy and demanding skis it may not be your bag, but if you’re looking for a dynamic ski with a middle of the road weight that just feels ‘easy’, the new M-Pro 99 is an accessible, responsive and fun ski that’s guaranteed to become a firm freeride fave.”
Other new skis to look out for from Dynastar this winter include the women’s M-Pro 99, the fatter M-Free 108 for deeper days, and the backcountry-specific M-Tour 99 which essentially replaces the super popular Mythic.
Grab a copy of our 2021 Gear Guide to find out more about these skis and all the other top gear for this coming winter.
* It’s a mega 168 page PRINTED AND DIGITAL issue – our biggest yet!
* It features all the best gear for winter 2021 including our EDITORS’ CHOICE and ONES TO WATCH award winners
* There’s BUYER’S BETA GUIDES, INTERVIEWS AND GEAR INSIGHTS from some of the biggest names in the industry
* IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE SKIS – there’s boots, bindings, backcountry accessories, snow safety kit, splitboards, telemark gear, goggles, helmets, poles, packs, avy bags, kick-ass clothing, kids gear and much, much more!
MORE NEW GEAR FOR 2021:
2021 GEAR GUIDE – EDITORS’ CHOICE BACKCOUNTRY SKIS
WINTER 2021 – THE BEST NEW SKI TOURING PACKS AND AVALANCHE AIRBAGS
WINTER 2021 – THE BEST NEW SKI CLOTHING