Dynastar Intense 12 NX 11 W Fluid (2017)

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Dynastar Intense 12 GF

Rating: 3.02 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 72
Tip/Tail/Waist: 121-72-106
Lengths: 149, 158, 166, 174

Stability at speed: 3.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.81 / 5
Crud performance: 2.75 / 5
Flotation: 1.58 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.76 / 5
Overall: 3.02 / 5

Dynastar regularly does well in the Groomed Snow category, and the racy yet attractively priced Intense 12 was the female test team’s favorite from the French brand. It’s a reminder that for quickness and edge grip, nothing beats a narrow ski with vertical, full-height sidewalls. The Intense doesn’t try to win friends with forgiving performance or soft-snow versatility, but hard-charging women who know how to bend a ski will love its power and precision. Its supple heft smooths out rough snow so you can charge through crud and pushed-up afternoon piles, but flat early-morning corduroy is its natural habitat. Moffatt: “Unbelievable. This thing arcs like it’s on rails. A perfect mix of dampness and responsiveness for the stronger female skier.”

The 2017 Dynastar Intense 12 is the top-of-the-line model in the Women's On-Trail collection of groomed-snow carvers. It's the edgiest and firmest-flexing of the three, built for high-speeds and aggressive input from a skier who knows how to pressure an edge. It's sold only as a system, with a sturdy 11-DIN Look NX binding.

It's part of Dynastar's Women's On-Trail series, called Intense-a collection of three slalom-sidecut groomed-snow carvers with narrow (72- to 74-mm) waists and tight sidecut radii (13- to 14-meter) for can't-miss carving. The top two models (Intense 12 and Intense 10) are sandwich/laminate constructions built on lightweight cores. The value model (Intense 8) is a softer-flexing cap construction more suitable to novices and intermediates. All feature Dynastar's Powerdrive sidewall construction, which is built to be both strong (it's vertical from tip to tail and made of dense ABS plastic) and flexible (the outer ABS wall is backed by a layer of metal and a layer of rubber, allowing the ABS layer to shear up and down, independent of the core, when it encounters shocks on hard snow). The ride is smoother and more comfortable on very hard snow, thanks to the slight "give" in the edge. And in all models, a touch of tip rocker absorbs shocks and keep turn initiations from being abrupt or overly hooky. 

Dynastar, along with sister brands Look, Lange, and Kerma (poles), is part of the privately owned Rossignol Group. It's factory headquarters are in Sallanches, France, "in the shadow of Mont Blanc." It was founded in 1963. -J.C.

Notes: The 2017 Dynastar Intense 12 is the top-of-the-line model in the Women's On-Trail collection of groomed-snow carvers. It's the edgiest and firmest-flexing of the three, built for high-speeds and aggressive input from a skier who knows how to pressure an edge. It's sold only as a system, with a sturdy 11-DIN Look NX binding.

It's part of Dynastar's Women's On-Trail series, called Intense-a collection of three slalom-sidecut groomed-snow carvers with narrow (72- to 74-mm) waists and tight sidecut radii (13- to 14-meter) for can't-miss carving. The top two models (Intense 12 and Intense 10) are sandwich/laminate constructions built on lightweight cores. The value model (Intense 8) is a softer-flexing cap construction more suitable to novices and intermediates. All feature Dynastar's Powerdrive sidewall construction, which is built to be both strong (it's vertical from tip to tail and made of dense ABS plastic) and flexible (the outer ABS wall is backed by a layer of metal and a layer of rubber, allowing the ABS layer to shear up and down, independent of the core, when it encounters shocks on hard snow). The ride is smoother and more comfortable on very hard snow, thanks to the slight "give" in the edge. And in all models, a touch of tip rocker absorbs shocks and keep turn initiations from being abrupt or overly hooky. 

Dynastar, along with sister brands Look, Lange, and Kerma (poles), is part of the privately owned Rossignol Group. It's factory headquarters are in Sallanches, France, "in the shadow of Mont Blanc." It was founded in 1963. -J.C.

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