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Thread: 192 Dynastar Big Dump Review
01-01-2011, 03:07 PM #1
192 Dynastar Big Dump Review
Me 6'3" 180 lbs.
Similar skis: Dynastar XXL's, Armada Ants
I bought these skis to replace my Hellbents which I loved but after skiing my xxls all early season, I got sick of not having a tail on the hellbents for bigger drops, scrubbing speed, nasty runouts, so I bought these, which obviously has some serious tail. I've skied these about 7 or 8 times at snowbird in a lot of different conditions.
Flex/Profile: softer than XXL's, have a more consistent flex rather than stiff in tail and underfoot and soft in tip. Traditional camber through most of the ski with a little rocker in the tip, its basically just a gradual long rise. Not very pronounced.
Groomers: These are, I think, easier to ski on groomers than the XXL's, their stability is pretty similar but the Big Dumps are easier to flex and more forgiving. Plus they have slightly shorter turn radius making medium turns a little easier, but when they are up to speed, similar with the xxls, they are a lot of fun on groomers, they actually ski like a real ski.
Powder: Obviously, this is where the ski shines. I've skied 1 foot of wet heavy snow and two feet of the fluffy stuff, both were a ton of fun. You can carve, slarve, pretty much do whatever you want on these. The small early rise is pleanty on these thing to keep your tips up. Really stable at any speed. I think the float in comparable to the Hellbents, however the bents feel like a inflatable raft bouncing around in the deep, the Big Dumps feel like a water skiing boat with full speed ahead. Overall great float, stable, but surprisingly playful in trees and tight area's. These are also a ton of fun for any kind of air, like the XXL's you feel like you can land anything, and if you have a nasty runout, you feel like you are in control and the tail is stiff enough to easily scrub some speed, unlike the Hellbents where it feels like you're kind of along for the ride.
Crud: Really fun first half of the day, than not so fun the rest. These thing are HEAVY, so as long as your legs are fresh, and you're not trying to turn to much, they blast through everything. But when I get tired these become a lot of work and I would prefer my ants or XXL's.
Moguls: Not what these skis are made for and it shows, as mentioned above these are HEAVY, and are A LOT of work in moguls, so I tend to stay on groomers where they are actually fun after skiing the cirque/baldy. But again they are stable enogh to fly over the top of them if you've got the stamina left to hold on.
OVERALL: Really fun powder day ski, fun everyday ski, oppisite of a mogul ski. Great ski for anybody who like ski powder at high speed, with long turns, probably not the best ski for somebody who likes shorter turns or who is not in shape, becasue these things do require some muscle to through around in low speed situations.