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2011 Dynastar Legend Sultan 94 Ski


Pros: Forgiving, versatile, maneuvrable

Cons: No Edge Grip - read this review!

Ski Review by Faripour Forouhar March 2011


I am 5’8’’, 145lb, level 9 and higher, moderately aggressive skier. Spend 65% of my time off piste (back side) and 35% on piste (front side) on the groomers and bumps.  My present skis are Volkl Mantra (177, 4 yrs old 130/94/116) mostly for west and Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (174, 128/87/113) for east coast skiing. I also use racing slalom and GS skies (volkl) and Rossi bump skis, on occasion.

Last week I demoed  these skis in Killington. I skies any kind of condition available, here is my experinece:


Dynastar Sultan 94; 172 cm ( 132, 94,118mm; R17 m) slightly rockered tip

I rented these skis for a day in Killington, last week - different conditions than the where I tested the other 3 skis: Kendo, Sentinel and Kastle. Conditions were typical every day New England hard pack with a bit of leftover wind blow snow off piste from a couple days ago. Here is my impression: this is a forgiving, soft ski that skis shorter than its length (expected because of the rockered tip). Very much like Salomon Sentinel but a bit softer and lighter, and similarly very maneuverable and easy to sideslips with slightest suggestion but with less “slippery” feeling. Good turn initiation and control especially on softer surfaces. Where ever there was loose snow/sugar it maneuvers well with control and made nice turns with stability at high (30-35 mph) speed. It can make nice tight semi carve and semi sideslip turns with good control and it is quick on edge for its width. Better than Mantra in tight spots and trees and perhaps powder. Furthermore, it is nice soft and forgiving in hard bumps and gnarly drops on off piste head walls ; It absorbs the shock well and doesn’t kick from underneath of you, even if you ended up in the back seat.


There is however, one significant flaw in this ski. The edge hold on slick surfaces like typical Killington hard pack or some thing that one might call “a bit icy” (not truly icy) is very poor. There is no edge hold, period. Slips and slides easily. Please consider that first, anticipating this possibility, I asked the shop to sharpened the edges before I took the skis out and second, I am an experienced ice skier grew up on East Coast ice and had no problem skiing the same exact condition, the same day, with my Blizzard Magnum 87. Similar conditions in other day were quite fine with Vokl Mantras (94cm under the foot with R23m). Folks, in my humble opinion, this is not an insignificant flaw. Because even in back country, on occasion, I have encountered very slick condition unexpectedly for  example in a steep couloir, or between trees even in a place like Jackson Hole, or Ajax where I have been happy to be on my Mantras. You can’t afford a bad slip in a place like that. Now, this surprised me because the reviews that I had read on this ski ranked  “edge grip” very high. I strongly disagree with that ranking. The skis must have been tested in soft snow, packed powder or such.


Short of this flaw this is a great ski, otherwise. If this flaw could be remedied even partially, by Dynastar Co. without compromising forgiveness and maneuverability, it could become an ideal ski! I would think the ski would have to become a bit stiffer torsionally but hopefully not in its longitudinal flex.

For comparison to Salomon Sentinel, Volkl Kendo and Kastle MX88 see a separate Reviews.


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2011 Dynastar Legend Sultan 94 Ski

By combining a wide powder waist, a high performance sidecut, and a rockered tip, the all new Sultan 94 is unique. It delivers performance float in deep powder, trees and bumps along with high performance turning on the groomers. No other ski combines the frontside and backside performance quite so well. The Sultan 94 is the ideal ski for adventurous high performance skiers who pop in and out of the trees, ski the deep, and rip on groomers.

Lengths165cm, 172cm, 178cm, 184cm, 189cm
Turn Radius18m
Turn Radius15m @ 165 cm.
ConstructionSandwich with titanal
Core MaterialWood with fiberglass torsion box
Tail90mm / 25mm Rocker
Recommended UseIntermediate to expert all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Sidecut132 / 94 / 118mm
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Additional Info230mm Tip Rocker
Model Year2011
Binding Included
Binding System
Binding Type
Recommended Binding
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Size: 189cmA1330-189
Size: 184cmA1330-184
Size: 178cmA1330-178
Size: 172cmA1330-172
Size: 165cmA1330-165


2011 Dynastar Sultan 94 full-length review

by Dawgcatching



I was able to get several laps on the new Sultan 94 from Dynastar, in great conditions. The ski is new from Dynastar in 2011: early rise/rockered tip, similar flex to the Sultan 85, dual laminate construction, 17m radius (165, 172, 178, 184cm), shortened sidecut (the widest part of the tip is pulled back a few cm toward the center of the ski, making the ski feel shorter than 178cm when the edge is engaged). Mounded with Tyrolia DIN 13 demo bindings, 24mm stand height.



Light, good quality snow, temps in the low teens, bluebird powder, crud after a few runs, and blown-in buttery smooth windpack in the afternoon. 90% off-piste, with a couple of short groomers getting back to the lift. New snow was 6” to 16” deep, depending on exposure.


About Me

I am 5 foot 9, 155lbs, and like to ski fast, mostly off-piste , and can ski most any condition. Bachelor is our home mountain, Village Bike and Ski in Sunriver our shop. Ski 30-45 days/year. As a disclaimer, we do sell Dynastar on our website www.dawgatching.com 

I try to be as un-biased as possible with my reviews.  We carry lots of skis, but typically target those that are of high quality, and I have gotten into trouble by not pulling punches when it comes to reviews.  Oh well, if a ski sucks, then don't make it....


General Impression

When the Legend 94 was designed, it probably had a day similar to today in mind. Quite deep, but not bottomless new snow that gets skied out later in the day, and becomes bumpy, lumpy crud on the steeps. Some firm wind crust, and lots of high quality snow are also present. Basically, just a bit of everything, which calls for a classic 1-ski quiver. This is a great choice for your typical Western medium to large sized, lift served mountain.


Comparison Skis

Elan Apex 177cm, Stockli XXXL 178cm.



I got warmed up on the Apex. I followed the Legend with the Stockli later in the day. Apex is a ski I know well, and I have been on the Stockli a few times as well.


First off was some traversing out to the western side of the mountain and a bunch of untracked or barely tracked out above-treeline skiing. In untracked snow, the Legend seemed to float very similar to the Apex. Both had plenty for these conditions (the deepest snow of the day was probably 16” deep) and released easily at the end of the turn. The Apex, with less rocker, felt a bit longer and a touch more stable. The Sultan, was a bit turnier, as it has a shorter radius and running length. I felt the Apex needed to be engaged more: It wanted to be on edge, and carving, even in the untracked snow, and was very comfortable there. The Sultan was a bit surfier: it was happy with either edge (which had it railing the same as the Apex), but I could release the downhill leg a bit and let the ski roll toward flat, which had the effect of allowing the ski to surf downhill and yet across the fall line, while I decided how to set up the next turn. The Apex was more direct; with less rocker at the tip and a bit narrower waist, it was more eager to get back on edge. The width of both skis was really nice for this depth and quality of snow: enough float to keep from being bogged down, but still a feel that you are “in” the snow, not just skimming the top, and also the feeling of moving in and out of the snow on each turn, similar to skiing bumps. In heavy Cascade Cement snow of this depth, I prefer a wider and softer ski, but a Sultan-Apex style ski I enjoy more for the review conditions.


Next few runs were in lightly tracked to heavily tracked crud. The skis were more similar than different here. The Apex sucked up the terrain and was silky smooth. The Sultan 94 was just a bit stiffer, not quite as smooth, but had a bit more punch in the tail when springing in and out of crud piles. Again, it wanted to turn a bit more than the Apex, and was a bit shorter feeling in terms of radius and energy. When skied in smooth, round, low energy turns, the Sultan was very easy to pilot, and when skiing faster and more aggressively, it came alive and crashed through piles of snow. Also, it was quite nimble yet powerful; as if it could be a ballerina or somewhat of a gorilla, depending on the mood and skiing style of the skier. No real speed limit in crud, plenty of beef for most any skiers here.


On smooth, buffed out windpack, I found the ease and energy of the Sultan to be a lot of fun. It wanted to float, release, dive, then come up for air again. It was predictable and easy to stay on top of. I was skiing with a guy on MX88's, and dropped him in short order on the Sultan; in short, it was plenty of ski. Again, turn radius preference is more of a mid-radius, not a huge Super-G turn, which could feel a little loose. It was alternately “carvy” and “slarvy” depending on how you wanted to ski it.


In small bumps (nothing big with all of this new snow around) the Sultan and Apex were both predictable and smooth. Flex was very agreeable for flowing through bumped up terrain and pivoting the skis.


Finally, on groomers, there was a bit more of a difference between these 2 skis. The Apex had a very definite low-energy GS feel. Considerably damp, smooth, stable, big radius, and a huge sweet spot. The Sultan felt a bit more tight, precise, had more pop in the tail, less stable in big arcs, and was more aggressive once on edge. It was a bit more exciting, whereas the Apex was a bit more stable and smooth.


Overall, this is a great 1-ski quiver choice for many skiers A true 50/50 style ski, and one of the best wide skis I have had on groomers, considering how good it is off-piste. The Sultan can tackle any terrain, and will especially please those looking for a big-mountain ski with a ~17m radius, of which there aren't many choices. Also, for those looking for a ski that has a bit more energy than the typical crudbuster would be well served to check out the Sultan, and those that want a high performance ski with a bit more forgiveness than some of the power crudbusters on the market (the Sultan is easier to handle than many in this width). And, if you are improving and working on technique, but desire a ski that will take you off-piste with the best of them, then the Sultan, with it's short turn radius and dynamic nature, would serve you well.


Of note: this ski was in badly need of a full tune out of the box. It was extremely railed and required several grinds to get it flat. I wouldn't ski this until I had a full tune on one; it will feel hooky and balky at releasing if the tune on yours is as bad as mine was. Several of the Sultan 85's have been similarly poor as of late. Get a grind and a real 1 degree base bevel on there, and you will be good to go.  


Oh, this is the snow we were skiing that day:




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