Product: Dynastar Legend Pro Rider 105
Length/size Tested: 184
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Squaw
*Runs Taken: 1 full day
*Snow Conditions: mixed, some windblown, some crud, some soft spring-like snow, bumps
*Demo or Purchase: demo
3-word review: ProRider is back...
I own the previous generation Legend ProRider (review here), so I jumped on the chance to take out the upcoming Legend ProRider 105 from the Starthaus this Sunday. This is a ski that returns to the Dynastar lineup after a year hiatus. LPR is well known over the years as a quintessential expert big mountain ski, solid, damp, smooth, not very turny, and able to go through anything without much fuss. Since most people know how they ski, I am going to concentrate on the difference between the old and the new models.
Shape and build. The two most obvious differences in the new ski is wider waist, up from 100mm to 105mm, and a much more pronounced early rise tip with some early taper. You can see the difference between the old and the new profile in the snapshot of two skis on the rack ( pr105 is up front ). The less obvious difference is the wood sidewall in the new ski. The new PR also has a slightly tighter sidecut, 25 mm as opposed to 27 in the old ski. As far as I can tell the ski keeps the milled core structure and the base material.
Skiing impressions: the conditions ranged from windblown surface to refrozen crud up top to the warm mushy snow at the bottom at the end of the day, so the ski got a workout. Make no mistake, it is still a Pro Rider, no speed limit, smooth over most surfaces, confident damp ride. Despite the increased width, the new ski is slightly easier to turn, I attribute it to the early rise and slightly tighter sidecut. The early rise also makes it a point and shoot approach to uneven surfaces, you just don't worry about catching the tip. Not that the old ski had that problem much, but with the new it is fully automatic. The early rise also somehow helps if you need to throw the ski sideways quickly, the old LPR sometimes didn't like that.
The old ski had this always locked on edge railroad track feel on most surfaces, the new ski has less of it, perhaps the consequence of the early rise. There is some tip flap at speed, but it is entirely inconsequential and certainly not near anything you see in a true rockered ski. It is still a very able carver. My old LPR is a bear in bumps, the new ski is actually competent, and may I even say enjoyable. It is certainly not quick, but at least very agreeable. Subjectively, it is just not as demanding as the old LPR and has a bigger sweet spot. it still needs an aggressive front-biased driver, but it does not kick you if you get back like the old ski does.
Overall. This is a great ski, I would be happy skiing it at Squaw every day. Of the Dynastar efforts to widen the performance envelope of their Legend series of skis, this is by far the most successful. They managed to take just enough of the top end to make this Pro Rider a lot more accessible, and still keep the performance level. I felt that Sultan 94 gave up too much performance from the Mythic Rider, here I feel that the compromise is just right. Fans of the first generation uber-stiff LPR will be disappointed, but the new LPR would be a lot more fun for a lot more people and it does not give up much. Ultimately, I feel that this is a great ski that is late to the market by a year. If Dynastar had released it last season, it could have been a huge hit, now I cannot help but wonder whether it will be overshadowed by flashier, more innovative offerings like the Blizzard Freemountain series.
Height/Weight: 6ft, 190lb
Average days on snow: 0-10, 11-25, 30+ (pick one)
Years Skiing: 0-5, 6-15, 15-30, 30+ (pick one)
Aggressiveness: Conservative / Moderate / Aggressive / Competitor (pick one)
Tips: The new LPR105 is upfront, the old LPR is back.
Tais: The new LPR105 is upfront, the old LPR is back.
Tip shape and a close-up of the wood sidewalls (yes, real wood, and looks unfinished).
You can see where the early rise of the ski starts
Edited by alexzn - 3/15/11 at 9:32am