Originally Posted by gkamieneski
I'm interested in hearing anyone's impressions of the Dynastar Speed SX Autodrive. Seems it was a Ski Magazine Gold rated ski back in 2002. What length should this be skiied at as it doesn't seem to have a radical sidecut, I would think it should be skiied a little longer. I've spent the last 20 years on standard 203cm slalom skis and am considering a 186cm in this model.
Also, am I correct in understanding that the Autodrive plate requires Look Pivot or Rossignol Axial bindings? In fact, did I see the Look Pivot Lifters recommended?
Thanks for any information.
I have the pre-autodrive version (gold with an eagle graphic). I bought them about 4 years ago as a shop demo and have skied them as my only ski since. I'm not a gearhead (keeping 3 growing boys in equipment seems to come first for me), so my opinion may be of limited value:
For me, the ski works well on groomers and okay in the bumps. I don't care for its characteristics in crud and powder (I'm 6'2", 200 lbs. on a 192 length). Like other upper-end Dynastars, I like its liveliness. I've always liked the acceleration from Dynastars as the tail rebounds. It's fairly narrow waisted by today's standards, but if you're a decent skier, you can make this ski work in a variety of conditions.
The Autodrive version has a much more modern "look" to it, so you won't have my advantage of never needing to lock your skis when going in for lunch
This ski should be available fairly cheap, and if cost is a factor, I think you'll be satisfied with it as an inexpensive, all-around ski. Before buying this ski, I skied on Dynastar Course SL's in a 203 length. I think you'll like the shorter length. I really appreciate those 11 centimeters in the bumps. My next skis will likely be a Ski Cross 10 about 10 cm shorter yet. Just hafta wait my turn in the family "need new skis" que!