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Waist Width: 87
Lengths: 162, 170, 178
Though similar in width the Cham Alti 85, which it replaces in the Dynastar Touring series collection, the 2017 Mythic 87 is a new ski, considerably lighter (1,000 grams vs. 1,300), with more of a freeride sensibility, thanks to its updated, Cham-like shape. It gets the same, strong edge power as the 97, thanks to a classic laminate layup with full-length, vertical sidewalls. But it’s far lighter, thanks not only to its more slender waist but also to the fact that it’s built on a core of lightweight paulownia wood combined with milled foam.
It’s part of Dynastar Touring series, which includes three models of lightweight backcountry adventure chasers. They range in width from the freeride-oriented Mythic 97 (1,400 grams) down to the minimalist, rando-racing Pierra Menta (640 grams). All are carbon-rich constructions for maximum strength at minimal weight. All are targeted at expert-level skiers. The two freeride models, Mythic 97 and Mythic 87, feature Dynastar’s Five-Point Sidecut, which gives them a dose of newschool slashiness: The tip and tail are not only rockered but also tapered (ie., the widest points are closer to the foot), making them looser in the snow, easier to pivot and foot-steer-good for huge sprays, emergency speed checks, and creative line selection. The skinny Pierra Menta (named for the famous ski-mountaineering race held annually in the southern French Alps) is built to be as light as possible for the ascent, with only minimally adequate downhill skiability.
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.