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Ski Review: Dynastar SpeedZone 4x4

The Dinastar somehow doesn’t historically work out with track universals: either there are no successful models, then they appear, but for unknown and unknown reasons they quickly disappear without leaving any historical technological trace. And in the new season we are waiting for a new milestone in the history of this category - the new SpeedZone 4x4 series. Let's look inside the series and try to understand in theory what awaits us and how relevant it can be to skating.

The series turned out to be new and it is based on new skis that are made from scratch, and not modified old ones with "new" technology that can turn the world of skating. Although, it also has a new technology. At the same time, it is rather difficult to call such a technology new because many manufacturers have already appeared in one form or another - a technology in which the reinforcing layer on the noses and backs is not made in a single piece, but is present only at the edges above the edges, but absent in the middle, which allows you to maintain grip and reduce the weight of the sock, which in turn removes vibration and adds stability at speed and also increases the longitudinal rigidity of the ski, which is very useful for maneuverability and ease of entry into the turn. And not a year has passed and such a technology appeared in Dynastar. But, there is nothing surprising. Considering that Dinastar is part of Rossignell, it is quite logical that companies work in the same style: we wait while others come up and check in business and if we work, we do it at home.

It turned out pretty and there are some examples in the ski industry that showed that the technology of separating the amplifier on the noses makes sense and works in skiing. Naturally, as usual in alpine skiing, in the case of successful models that have an amplifier divided on the noses, it is difficult to say whether it works or something else, but skiing with this technology was good. Especially striking of the skis with this technology were the K2 Pinnacle, which, it seems to me, the first ones had a titanal divided on the noses.

In the series, globally, two models, each of which has two modifications in terms of the number of amplifiers, and as a result, four models are obtained: two models with a waist 78 - 78 and 78 PRO and two models with a waist 82 - 82 and 82 Ti. It is not difficult to guess that in models without letters there is no titanal and they are softer, in models with T and PRO an additional titanal is added and they are more rigid.

Structurally, models with a waist 78 are made with a sidewall in the middle and with a Cap on the nose and back, models with a waist 82 are made in the form of a sidewall along the entire length. In other parameters, the skis are very similar: the turning radius is average or more, depending on the size, varies between 15-17 meters, the deflection of all is classic track with small smooth rockers on the noses and with straight track backs.

Skis with all their looks and technologies correspond to the name of the series: 4x4 - SUV. In skiing, you should expect the same efficiency from them as from a SUV - at speed it is unstable and unstable, on rough terrain it is impassable and uncertain. It has long been known and understandable that cross-country skiing with an increased waist width does not significantly increase patency in soft snow and, more likely, works like a placebo giving the skier psychological confidence in cross-country ability, but significantly lose effectiveness on a tight track. The only thing that is usually good with such skis is the comfort and softness of skiing with sufficient control. Of course, there were successful instances in such a box office and we naturally hope that these skis will show excellent results in the snow, but so far this is only hope.

There are also questions regarding the radius and rhythm of skiing. Track wagons, for the most part, are the lot of beginners and hesitantly traveling holidaymakers for whom it is important that the skis are easy to manage and do everything themselves while minimally involving the skier in the control process. Here's the exact opposite story: the turning radius for beginners is frankly too big, and in terms of stiffness, models with a titannal do not seem loyal at all and easily bend into a small radius. But, the Dynastar is located in Chamonix, and there, unlike most Russian resorts, they know how to ride, and there universal consumers are not newcomers, but experts who know how to ride along the tracks and beyond their borders, and for them there are skis that can go both there and there ready to work out exactly what you need at the average bend speed.

Well, the skis are new and it’s quite difficult to accurately guess what and how they will show in skiing. One thing is clear that in the four models it will not be difficult to understand and check on tests in practice, they will also be easy. And like all skiing, you need to evaluate them only in skiing and nothing else. What we plan to do. Another question: how to evaluate them - like universals designed to simplify the beginners skiing, or like skiing for all occasions for experts? This is, perhaps, in their case, a more interesting and difficult question. But it is necessary to look for an answer in it. I am sure that everything will fall into place in the snow.