Dynastar Legend Sultan 94 (2011) - Ski Mag

Dynastar Legend Sultan 94 (2011)

Here’s a super-sized version of the Sultan 85 (see No. 2). Dynastar gives it the same burly construction (it scored a shade higher in Stability); the differences are simply width (94 mm instead of 85) and rocker (about 23 cm in the tip instead of 18), plus a slightly longer sidecut radius that prefers going down the hill instead of across it. The result is a surfier, floatier feel that’s more at home in soft snow and a little less versatile for frontside applications, though it’s still among the favorites. Testers gave it the top score in Crud Performance. “Strong, well balanced; perfect for rooting out the last pockets of powder,” said Elling.
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Dynastar Sultan 94

Rating: / 5
Price: $820.00
Year: 2011
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132/84/118
Lengths: 178

Stability at speed: 3.84 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.25 / 5
Crud performance: 3.85 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.81 / 5

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