Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 97
Lengths: 171, 177, 184
The Mythic returns unchanged for 2017. It’s the widest ski in Dynastar’s Touring collection of lightweight backcountry skis for those who prefer to earn their turns. It’s built with an edgy, full-sidewall laminate layup. A lightweight paulownia wood core and carbon reinforcement give it strength and responsiveness for the descent.
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.