Dynastar Max 2

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1998 Aspiring Carver-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 160-197 cm
Price: $475
Details: Lighter intermediates who have felt hamstrung by older technology will love the light, energetic feel and inviting shape of the Dynastar Max 2. If your goal is big, fast cruising turns, look elsewhere. But if you've always wanted to pop a few off in the fall line to surprise your friends, then consider the Max 2. "Makes short swing turns effortlessly," said Thibeault. "And you can easily take it from a skid to a carve." Moscarella liked the 2's "right-in-the-fall-line" comfort.

Positives: Short energetic quick turns are a snap
Negatives: Gets nervous at high speed