Dynastar Glory 89 (2016)

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Rating: 3.43 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2016
Level: 1
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 89
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126-89-110
Lengths: 159,166,173

Stability at speed: 3.03 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.29 / 5
Crud performance: 3.38 / 5
Flotation: 2.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.94 / 5
Overall: 3.43 / 5

Dead last among winners for Stability at Speed? Testers didn’t care. The Glory 89 wins the category anyway and does it by being easy and fun and fresh, by inspiring new lines rather than carving in the same tracks. Dynastar says it’s built for both power and playfulness, but it’s the latter that comes through, big-time. The tip and tail are tapered for loose quickness and easy pivotability. It’s metal-free, with a whippy swing weight. It’ll carve on soft groomers and bite when you need it to off-piste, but despite its narrowish waist, it’s a born surfer-a floater and a dancer, not a knife. Barnes: “Light, lively, delightful. Lighthearted but definitely not meek.”

NOTES: The Glory 89 is Dynastar’s widest Glory series ski, with a 125 mm tip and 89 mm waist. Its 17 meter radius is also the longest of the series, built for big, wide-open turns. While it is designed to hold up well on groomers due to its versatile technology, this is an ideal tool intended for powder and other varied conditions. For something similar but skinnier, check out the Glory 84, Glory 79, and Glory 74.

This ski is part of Dynastar’s Glory series, which focuses on all mountain women’s skis intended to tear up any terrain. The overall construction of the series is highlighted by a light paulownia wood core with no metal laminates intended for decreased weight and light, lively performance. All Mountain Rocker technology brings moderate tip and tail rocker to help lift the ski up and over powder and other varied terrain, while a flat underfoot section and classic camber are designed for strong edge control. Natural Stance technology takes into account women’s lower center of gravity and shifts the ski’s pressure points to accommodate. Progressive 5-Point Sidecut technology moves the ski’s widest point slightly away from the tip and tail, intended for optimal turn imitation and reduced hooking. This is perhaps the most versatile women’s series Dynastar has to offer.

Dynastar, based in Chamonix, France, was founded in 1963. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah.