Overall Best Men’s Piste Ski 2017/18: Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti

Make pistes great again! The Speed Zone 12 Ti offers up addictive precision and a wild enough ride to convince even our most dedicated powder hounds of the joys of fresh corduroy

Wow. What a blast. Dynastar’s Speed Zone 12 Ti absolutely blew our test team away with their exhilarating speed and ice-skate like edge grip. Even the most dedicated powder hounds were hustling for more time on the Speed Zone, they’re that much fun; just throw ’em out to the side at the most obscene angle you can manage, lock the edge and they’ll whip you back across the fall-line like a gap-yah kid on a bungy jump. With a unanimous seal of approval we had no choice but to crown them Best Men’s Piste Ski of 17/18!

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti ripping up the piste

Some other skis of this race-like calibre can be a handful to ride, with a fierce rebound that punishes any slip of balance, but despite its unbridled energy the Speed Zone is actually a lot friendlier than you might imagine. They definitely crave time in the fall-line and gives their best performance at mid-to-high speeds, but the slalom-esque radius and sheer agility make the velocity more manageable, with lightning-fast changes of direction just a twitch of the ankle away.

The key to this mix of performance, fun and user-friendliness lies in the construction. Dynastar have gone all out on the best materials available, using high quality dense poplar wood in the core with a single sheet of titanal for dampening. The Powderdrive tech is where the real magic happens though: tip-to-tail vertical sidewalls made of ABS are backed by more metal and a layer of rubber – allowing the sidewall to shift slightly up or down independently of the core to smooth out shocks while carving hard snow. This improves edge grip by helping the ski stay in better contact with the snow, and saves feet/legs from the fatigue induced by constant hard vibrations.

The Speed Zone family also includes the 14 Ti, built the same as the 12 but slightly more highly strung with a full race plate; the race-ready team edition 16 Ti with a slightly narrower waist and an extra sheet of metal; plus the Speed Zone 9, 7, 6 and 5 for beginners and intermediates looking for comfortable carving performance without the sheer oomph of their metal-charged brothers.

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti Specifications:

RRP: £550 (inc. binding)
Lengths: 158, 166, 174, 182
Dimensions: 121-72-106 (174)
Turn radius: 15m @ 174

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti 2018 product image

The Test Team’s Opinion

“Grippy edge control and punchy performance on piste – even with a soft topping. A strong performer with plenty of grunt and performance.”

Lee Hardy


Want to learn all about the best new ski equipment for the 2017/18 season? Head this way to get the bumper Fall-Line Skiing Gear Guide.