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Whoa, Doggies! Dynastar Omeglass Review

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Ski Make: Dynastar
Ski Model: Speed Omeglas
Ski Length: 165cm 116-63-103
Snow Conditions Used In: Groomers, cut-up junk, sun crusts
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Okay
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 35+
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 50
Other Skis You Like: Head I C 200, Dynastar Inspired, Fischer 8.6
Your Height/Weight: 6'1" 195#

Comments:

I broke my cardinal rule and bought a pair of skis without demoing. My excuse is that someone who is very familiar with my skiing and with what I want this pair for recommended them (and they were a great deal).

What a hoot!

I've never in my life skied a pair of skis this short and it takes a little getting used to. There's little room for error on fore-and-aft weighting, which is very good for what I'm trying to learn. I want to become better at carving turns, and I'm convinced these babies are going to help lead me there in spite of myself.

These skis just scream positive feedback. When I - occasionally - get in the right positions, the tips will engage and these skis will just lock into the turn. This is the first time ever that I've had the sensation of having the ski be capable of a tighter turn radius than what I'm guiding it into. This is a very specialized ski in terms of turn radius (design is 11m), but it will deliver an incredibly precise turn in those random situations where I get most of the variables right. What's most fun is that I can *feel* it reward me when I give it what it wants.

All that said, these are much more forgiving skis than I would have expected. They're smooth, stable, and don't have any sense of "twitchiness". I didn't find that I had to fear lazy turns at all (I make a lot of lazy turns), and they worked just fine in hop turns and skidded turns (I also make a lot of skidded turns). As a matter of fact, I actually took them into a couple of bump runs (which I normally avoid like the plague) and these things are literally cheating in moguls.

I skied these all over Jackson Hole's mountain today and never found any conditions where the ski was anything other than fun. We haven't had any significant snow for about two weeks (although it did snow about three inches during the course of the day today), so I didn't get a chance to try them in powder, but I skied them in enough variable stuff to come away with the belief that these are definitely not one-trick-pony skis. I think they could make an excellent go-to ski for skiers who spend most of their day on-piste.



Bob
post #2 of 6
I have a pair of last year's in the 157. I agree with you - for race skis, they're really forgiving and skiable all around the mountain. The downside is that they don't have as much pop of out the turn as some other slaloms. But I actually like that in the course, since I'm not a great slalom skier and these don't throw me around like some other skis do. On a day where I plan to ski a variety of terrain types these are usually my pick because of the quickness and control.
post #3 of 6
I'm with you too. I demoed a pair last year in 152 (that was all they had) on arace coursse but ended up buying the 157. I have skied it one day so far this year, and it was not on a race course. It was surprisingly fun. I thought it had enough pop as well, I'm not sure I'd want anymore. These were even more fun than my Head WC Slalom TI's (170 cm which I know use as my "unsure of the coverage" skis. I had fun trying to keep up with my wife who was on her Volkl 724 Pros.
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Originally Posted by SnoWonder
I'm with you too. I demoed a pair last year in 152 (that was all they had) on arace coursse but ended up buying the 157. I have skied it one day so far this year, and it was not on a race course. It was surprisingly fun. I thought it had enough pop as well, I'm not sure I'd want anymore. These were even more fun than my Head WC Slalom TI's (170 cm which I know use as my "unsure of the coverage" skis. I had fun trying to keep up with my wife who was on her Volkl 724 Pros.
Wow. You must be my twin brother who was separated at birth. My favorite skis are Head WC Slalom TI's (although mine are 180's).

That's quite a coincidence. :

Bob
post #5 of 6
Hey Bob,

Don't forget the Metron B5's also have an 11m turning radius!

Happy Holidays to you and Ruth from the kids and me.
post #6 of 6
We had too much powder in Tahoe at the end of December and early January so I had not skied my 157 cm Omeglass in a while. I took them out Monday and ran some gates with them as well as just skiing them. To quote Bob,

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What a hoot!
They are a lot of fun and are surprisingly stable at speed - more so than I thought they would be. I can't say enough about how much fun these are.
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