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Best Men’s Deep Snow Skis of 2022: Dynastar M-Free 118

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Brand: Dynastar

Model: M-Free 118

Overall Ranking: #5

Overall Score: 3.94 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

145-118-135

Lengths (cm)

180, 189

Radius (m)

22 (180 cm length)

Waist Width (mm)

118

Gender

Unisex

Level

Advanced, Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Poplar

Sidewall Construction

Sandwich Sidewall Construction

Stability at Speed

3.96 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.92 / 5

Playfulness

3.77 / 5

Forgiveness

3.77 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.07 / 5

Crud Performance

3.85 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.73 / 5

Flotation

4.35 / 5

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2022 DYNASTAR M FREE 118

The big Dynastar M-Free 118 returns unchanged this season, because the French brand knows that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. One of the girthier skis in the category, the M-Free 118 is also very stout and stable. It will reward the bold, competent skiers who know how to drive it with plenty of slashy fun and perfect powder snow versatility. “Not too jumpy in rough terrain and feels very stable throughout the turn,” says tester Mark Syrovatka. “Very happy with this awesome ski.”

Dynastar gets all of the power for the M-Free 118 with a full poplar wood core and sandwich sidewall construction. This layup might sound simple, but it’s effective and demands an advanced, capable driver to get the most from it. “At 118 underfoot, quick hop turns in tight terrain doesn’t seem like it will be the easiest maneuver, but these skis are nimble enough even with the girthy footprint,” notes tester Jon Sexauer. “For a hard charging skier that wants to test their skills in all terrain and snow conditions this ski fits the bill.”

“If you have aspirations of chasing snow around the West and you want a do it all on one ski that can manage any terrain in any conditions—and you’re a strong skier—this is the ski you need,” continues Sexauer, aptly summing up who has the most to gain for buying this ski.

“A perfect resort powder ski that doesn’t disappoint in bottomless snow, but still crushes after it has been skied out,” echoes tester Luke Larsen.

  • Strengths: Overall Impression (4th in category), Balance of Skills/Versatility (6th)
  • Weaknesses: Stability at Speed (7th), Playfulness (8th)

Find the new Dynastar M-Free 118 online: evo | Backcountry.com 

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