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2011 Dynastar Legend Sultan 85 Ski

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Pros: Solid,very stable in any condition, good edge grip

Cons: a little heavy and amorphous

I'm 6 feet;210 pounds

I ski mostly trees and moguls

Level: advanced skier

I ski mostly at Tremblant , Jay Peak and Sutton

Length of my skis: 178 cm

 

I  think that the Sultan 85 is an awesome ski to introduce someone to all mountain skiing because you can really count on it and it give you the confident to go to a next level... but ounce you're there, it shows its limitations ( a little bit  heavy and amorphous) if you want to keep progressing...

It's a nice ski for heavy skier

2011 Dynastar Legend Sultan 85 Ski
Description:

The Sultan 85 is the ideal ski for advanced to expert skiers that ski the entire mountain. The most versatile, high-performance, all-mountain ski we've ever made, the Sultan 85 combines a wide platform with deep side cut that delivers a unbelievable ski experience whether skiing chutes, groomers and everything in-between.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths158cm, 165cm, 172cm, 178cm, 184cm
Turn Radius13m @ 158 cm.
ConstructionSandwich with Titanal
Core MaterialWood core
TailTail Rocker 95mm / 28mm
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended UseAll-mountain advanced to expert skiing
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
BaseVHMW
Recommended BindingN/A
Sidecut126 / 85 / 110mm
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Additional InfoTip Rocker 180mm / 58mm
Model Year2011
Binding System
Binding Type
Dimensions
Recommended use
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Size: 184cmA1340-184
Size: 178cmA1340-178
Size: 158cmA1340-158
Size: 172cmA1340-172
Size: 165cmA1340-165

 

From Dawgcatching's 2011 Ski Reviews: Mid-Fat skis, 80-100mm Waists, 11/28/10


 

Dynastar Sultan 85: 178cm. No changes for 2011, 85mm underfoot, 17m radius.

 

Conditions

These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud.  Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.  

 

About Me

5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black bumps for the first time in my life by early spring.  Probably ski 40-50 days per year.  I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers.  My skiing speed is fast to full-on. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1. 

 

Review

I chose to ski this in the longer 178cm, to better match up with the other skis in this category. Running surface is a little shorter than some of the others, due to the early rise tip and tail. Overall, as this ski is unchanged for 2011, it is still a great, versatile ski. See review of the Legend 94, and subtract around 1cm from the width and other dimension, and you have the Sultan 85. This ski has better edge hold, is a touch quicker, and perhaps seems just a little stiffer than the 94, but is very close in feel. On the snow, it is light, smooth, tracks well, and relatively quick edge-to-edge. I like it as a medium stiffness, medium power groomer ski. It has a bit more solid feel than the similar K2 Aftershock, but still forgiving. Sweet spot is above average. In bumps, it is very good; the relatively moderate flex really helps here. It blasts crud, but is perhaps a bit more catchy than the Legend 94, and quite as comfortable at speed as some of the other, more crud-specific skis that have less sidecut. This is more of a 60/40 ski: 60% of the time on groomers and frontside, and 40% of the time off-piste. I would rate the Legend 94, as a 40/60 ski. What makes this ski so good is that it is suitable for anyone from a high intermediate up to a full-blown expert: all but the fastest, most aggressive skiers will be happy on it. Plus, the feel is very traditional and smooth, and this ski is as predictable as they come. Little wonder that it has been an instant success.

 

Conclusion

Pros: easy to turn, great carver, big sweet spot, appeals to many skiers, nice in bumps, enough stabilty for most anyone

Cons: not as strong of a ski as some, a lot of shape for crud skiing.

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