Rep Rap = “the perfect all-purpose ski”- Terrain: 70% off Piste/ 30 % on Piste< Radius 21m @ 178 cm. Dimensions: 122-88-110.
6’4”, 215 lbs. and my usual T-ride skis are 185 Atomic R:EXs (rock) or M:EXs (regular). I also ski 186 Watea 94s for tele in all conditions. I have owned Dynastars in the past and liked them very much and I anticipated that I would really like the Mythics, but I was disappointed.
Got a free demo in Telluride on a spring conditions day, and the skis were tuned and waxed Hadn’t snowed for awhile, so the north facing stuff was hard and chalky but very carvable, and the sunny stuff went from ice in the morning to deep collapsible slush by late afternoon, so it was a good mix of conditions. I skied the Mythics for a full day.
Started on groomed steep 2” velvet hero conditions slush for three runs. I like tip to tail even flexing “big smile” skis because I tend to get on the tips early and roll my weight back through the turn using the whole ski. Skiing GS turns I noticed immediately that the Mythics had an unbalance feel for my style. They initiated turns sluggishly, which made me check to see if they had me set behind center on the demo bindings, but that was not the case. They did not have a snap at the end of the turn, which is what I like, but they felt like the tips and tails were much softer than the middle of the ski, giving them a constantly changing feel in a big carved turn. It was hard to relax, even on smooth snow.
Moved to Bushwacker, a really steep groomed run. If you just ride a carve all the way down the headwall you will be doing about 50 mph at the bottom, so it requires a released carve to keep your speed under control. The Mythics were down right scary in this situation. They would carve fine as long as I used a very light touch, but would chatter severally if I pressed them too hard, or released them out of a carve into a skid. This may have been partly due to my weight, but I think the soft tips and tails compared to the flex underfoot was a factor. I suspected the tune might have been bad, but from what I could tell they were tuned appropriately.
As the day progressed I found the ski did not want to go into a continuous carve in any hard snow condition, but worked well in softer snow.
Big hard bumps: They needed a little push to initiate the turn, which was not a big deal, but did not like a deep trough carve and worked much better with a more punchy skidding style of turn. I found myself using the bumps for lift into my turns as opposed to my usual constant ski on the snow style.
Low angle small bumps: Did fine in hard and soft snow, the softer the better. They were great in slush bumps.
Fast GS turns: Was hard to relax because of the inconsistent flex pattern, but the softer the snow the more they liked it.
Steep hard snow: They worked very well on hard snow for short turns when initiated with a little jump, but on slightly rough wind slab making big turns they did not want to stay on the snow. They just did not like to carve on anything hard.
Slush: Tried them in everything from ½” of velvet to deep collapsible mank and they skied very well. The funkier the snow the more I liked them. I think they would make a great powder ski for their size.
Crud: Did not have much of this (other than slush), but they were smooth and dependable in minor crud, and I suspect they would do well in the deeper stuff because they went through everything I could find without a problem.
Stability: I let them run straight a couple of times and they were stable on all types of snow.
Conclusion: At least for me, this was not an all-mountain ski. It did not work well at all on hard snow be it groomed or bumps, except in short hoppy turns. This could have been because of my size or possibly the ski tune, but they just would not hold a good carve, and from what I felt the uneven flex pattern was the problem. The deeper the snow (regardless of condition) the better the skis performed. I was pushing some serious sludge and they were both rock solid and fairly nimble. Overall I think there are much better one-ski quiver skis, but for a western 6” plus ski they would work pretty well.
Edited by mudfoot - 3/23/2009 at 03:20 pm
Edited by mudfoot - 3/23/2009 at 03:21 pm