Originally Posted by Attacking Mid
I've skied only Dynastars since the late '80's, and in general, I would tend to rate them as consistently the ugliest skis. However, I've always liked the way they ski.
I have a new pair of last year's SC09's leaning against my office wall directly in front of me as I type. They're for my 16 y.o. for Christmas. The gray is a bit drab, but otherwise, I think it's an "okay" looking ski. With as cheap as these things have been going for, I couldn't pass 'em up.
We skied Christmas Day at Winter Park, and quite frankly, I wouldn't care if they were purple with pink polka dots, these skis were great. Granted, I've not had the opportunity to ski much else in current stuff, but when my one hour allotment was up (the 16 y.o. was NOT liking skiing my old 192 cm Speed SX's), I was trying all kinds of excuses for why we couldn't switch back.
The edge hold on hard pack was better than anything I've ever skied - and this little guy was 14 cm shorter than my SX's. My kid, for the first time in years, was actually requesting to ski groomers - it was just soo much fun to lay down tracks at speed.
The snow was pretty old, so we weren't exactly spraying powder in the bumps, but we both found the ski very confidence inspiring in the bumps. With the deep trenches and hard surfaces, we had to turn a bit more than usual to avoid being beaten to death (or hitting rocks), and the ski was very quick in responding to input. I could control my speed much better on these than I could on my longer, duller SX's, and I found myself going about twice as far before stopping to catch my breath.
I thought the 09's would be too soft for my 200 lbs., but I found them quite full of energy. Prior to skiing them, I figured I may consider some SC10's for me, but I'm not so sure I couldn't be quite happy with the stiffness of the 09's. In fact, I tried to convince my son that these were obviously too stiff for his 150 lb. frame, and that I should just make 'em mine and we'll find him something softer. He's not about to take me up on it.
Are they ugly (these are gray 03/04)? I can't really say.... I was having too much fun skiing on 'em to bother looking down at 'em.