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12/7/07 at 8:32am
|DYNASTAR BIG MAX 1
Dynastar's Big Max 1 imitates the Cyber in its measurements (97-62-86), but with its low-density wood core and absence of a metal top sheet, it is easily the lightest board among the many on the market flaunting moderate shape. Mounted with an alpine-touring binding (see the Binding Solution), this is a ski that carves handsomely on groomed slopes, floats nicely through untracked snow, tracks through crud, and climbs easily when it's time to don skins.
In fact, the Big Max is light enough that once the lifts close in spring you won't mind using leg power alone to earn your turns. Dynastar would be wise to market this ski as a top-of-the-line touring ski because its performance shames other skis sold in that niche.
Absence of weight, however, is not always a blessing. Because the Big Max lacks mass, it does deflect easier in really nasty snow conditions like frozen crud.
Also the ski is not as rigid torsionally as the previous listings. This is an advantage when you are on a collision course with something harder than flesh; you can easily pull out of a carve and pivot the ski to slough speed.
It's a disadvantage in firm snow (read: ice) because the ski washes out easier. Consequently, if winter coats your mountain with an abundance of Armorall each year, consider a stouter board with more torsional rigidity. Or consider the more sensible solution: Ski out West in those friendlier snows where the Big Max 1 excels.