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Rating: / 5
Lengths: 158, 165, 172, 178
Stability at speed: 2.87 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.40 / 5
Crud performance: 3.16 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.98 / 5
Pro What’s your favorite tool? Some skiers like to bring a sledgehammer to the mountain, but if you’re more the scalpel type, here’s your versatile midfat. The 8000, one of Dynastar’s top sellers, earned its highest praise from testers who enjoy nuance over brute strength. If you’re a light-touch finesse skier, you’ll love its quickness and uncritical nature. Chalk that up to Dynastar’s Autrodrive construction, which combines the easy turn-entry of a soft cap layup in the tip with the powerful edge-grip of a vertical sidewall from heel to tail. A wood core and two sheets of metal give it dampness and calm, but it’s never heavy or dead. “Its light weight and high energy put you in the mood to challenge yourself,” said Lewis. Con Gets beat up in broken snow; not ideally suited to heavy skiers.