Dynastar – Speedzone 14

Just as grip and stability has been majored on by all brands to the point where it’s hard to pick a winner, Dynastar decides that they can work in some joy, almost despite a very clever edge-dampening system called Powerdrive, which we thought would tame the ski to its detriment. The new tech is essentially a classic wood ‘n’ metal laminate, with a ‘floating’ few mm of edge set into a rubbery material. The idea is that this tracks irregularities in hard snow, dampening the fast vibrations set up when the ski is on its edge. Well, we thought it worked, and we’re pretty sceptical. What helps is that the guts of all the Speedzone models deliver super-lively edge to edge performance and a perfectly-timed kick up the patootie on the way out of every turn. Of the 12, 14 and 16 models we’d take the middle route for the balance it offers; it’s the most playfully potent piste ski we’ve tried for a while.

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