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Rating: 2.93 / 5
Waist Width: 71
Stability at speed: 3.86 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.16 / 5
Crud performance: 1.80 / 5
Flotation: 0.74 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.64 / 5
Overall: 2.93 / 5
The Course Speed is about as narrow as skis get these days. With its sturdy vertical side- walls and torsional stiffness, you’d expect it to be a veritable knife on hard snow. It is. It’s also exuberantly energetic. Testers especially loved the exciting rebound energy: Finish your turns, and it catapults you across the hill and into the next turn with a zing that many skis lack in the rocker era. Gleason: “Round and solid on edge, with a traditional race feel. Slender waist is quick to edge, where this ski wants to be.”
NOTES: The Course Speed Fluid X is a giant-slalom-style ski, offering 163, 169, 175, and 181 lengths. Its 17 meter radius (at 175 cm) is built for long and smooth turns through the course or on the trail, and considering this is a skinny ski, the course and trail are where it is intended to stay for the most part. For something more slalom-styled, check out the Omeglass Speed Ti Fluid X and Omeglass S Fluid X.
This ski is part of Dynastar’s Speed series of race-inspired skis. Traditional camber is used here for tip-to-tail edge grip and traditional rebound energy. A touch of ti rocker mellows the turn initiation for drifted turn entries. Lateral Flex technology is built to adapt the ski to varied terrain, stiffening and softening when it needs to. Lastly, the WC Sandwich Laminate Construction comprises the bulk of the ski, containing wood cores, Titanal, and fiberglass laminates. Whether you’re trying to catch up with Ted Ligety or just trying to win your local beer league, this is one of the best series Dynastar has to offer you.
Dynastar, based in Chamonix, France, was founded in 1963. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah.