Whoa, did you guys see the media release today on the new Dynastar Legend Pro 115? The construction and specs look fantastic and I can't wait to get on em! Bring on the pow.
Dynastar Pro 115
You mean the current ski, or did they change it again for 2012?
David- As far as I know, this is a new ski, not a replacement for XXL or for LPR. Tip rocker, flat tail, 115 underfoot. Here is a review from last season. They ripped. My pow ski is Huge Trouble and I nearly pre-ordered a pair of 115 on the spot. In my opinion last year, this is the star in the current Dynastar lineup. (SJ may disagree).
Alex is correct, this is a whole new ski. None of the old legend lineup are around anymore except the Big Dump. Everything else is changed. The 115 is softer overall than the old XXl, has a fairly significant tip rise and a long early taper tip. The 115 is a much more manageable ski than the XXL for all except truly Legendary skiers.
The 115 is nothing at all like the Huge. Despite the similarity in waist width, the concept of the two skis is markedly different. The new Huge (nicknamed the Huge Rocker) has a conventional center and a long, low, tip and tail rise. The Huge has conventional shape in that there is no early taper and is a fairly firm flexing ski for something this big. The HR is more nimble in powder than the old one but still retains most of the crud power of the older version.
Yeah, what SJ said. I got to test the new Huge in some great conditions and came away very impressed. Got to test the LP 115 on mostly hard snow and bumps and couldn't determine a damn thing. That is how demos go sometimes.
The new Huge feels similar to the old one, just more nimble without really sacrificing any of the performance. From my impressions, the LP115 was more deep-snow focused. I could see the Huge as my all-day resort ski on a new snow day; I am not sure how the LP115 would do once things get bumped out at Squaw in the afternoon. If you can find pretty fresh lines all day (good luck with that!) then it would be fine.
My demo day was bluebird powder day at Squaw late last season . LP115 does just fine in the chopped later afternoon snow. Compared to the old HT the feeling is different- HT just blasts through that snow, LP115 is nimble enough to work with those piles of snow, but also beefy enough not get deflected, you feel the tip going through the stuff, but it is damped very well (the feeling is kind of like a BMW suspension- you feel everything, but it does not sting or jar)
The flex pattern of the LP115 is totally different from the Huge, (more like the LPR), but coupled with the rocker and early taper tip it works beautifully. I would not hesitate to have the LP115 as my powder ski (and I would have pre-ordered it right there and then, if I didn't have the HT, and I may still pick it up if I find it at a good end-of-season price).