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Waist Width: 67
Lengths: 158, 163, 168, 173
Hard-snow carving technicians, speed junkies, and citizen racers have a couple of options, the burly Speed Zone 14 Ti, top model in the On-Trail Series, and the even narrower and more precise Speed Zone 16Ti, which is part of Dynastar’s special Factory Team series. They’re similar tools-both with slalomesque sidecut, metal reinforcement, and a race-room binding plate that stiffens and dampens the ski and elevating the boot for maximized power and leverage over the edge. The 16, part of Dynastar’s Factory Team Series, is twitchier, quicker to edge with its super-narrow 67-mm waist-knifey enough for racecourse ice. It’s built on a full wood core, rather than the lighter wood/foam combo of the lesser Speed Zones, it gets two full sheets of metal for high-speed calm and reassuring heft, and it lacks the smoother edge feel of the shock-absorbing Powerdrive sidewall construction, prizing speed above comfort.
Dynastar’s Factory Team series is a collection of elite-level high-expert skis built for the top-level performance Dynastar-sponsored athletes require in all disciplines. It includes two citizen racers (the Speed WC Master-a “cheater GS”-and the slalomesque Speed Zone 16Ti); a big, edgy, 105-mm freerider (Pro Rider); a 98-mm all-mountain jibber (Slicer Factory twin-tip), and a competition-level bumper (the 66-mm Twister). All are wood-core, vertical sidewall layups built for specialized performance, with few if any concessions to forgiveness, versatility, or ease of use.
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.