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2017-2018 Dynastar Mythic 97

Brian Lindahl reviews the Dynastar Mythic 97 for Blister Review
Ski: 2017-2018 Dynastar Mythic 97, 184 cm

Available Lengths: 171, 177, 184 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.8 cm

Stated Weight per Ski (177 cm): 1450 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (184 cm): 1512 & 1523 grams

Stated Dimensions: 133-97-113 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 133.5-96.5-111 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 17 meters

Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 85.5 mm / 10 mm

Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4.5 mm

Core: Paulownia + Carbon Fiber Laminate

Base: Sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.1 cm from center; 80.3 cm from tail

Intro

Dynastar calls the Mythic 97 a “high-performance free-touring ski for committed backcountry skiers.”

It seems like more and more ski manufacturer are putting forward their version of a “high-performance free-touring ski,” but the actual on-snow performance of such skis can vary quite a bit.

So where, exactly, does the Mythic 97 fall in this growing category?

Shape & Rocker Profile

The shape of the Mythic 97, inherited from the outgoing Cham series, is pretty dramatic — despite Dynastar calling the rocker profile “moderate.” The Mythic 97 features a large amount of tip splay (2.0 – 2.5 cm more than we typically see on a ski of this width), a fairly deep rocker line, a significant amount of traditional camber underfoot, a very subtle amount of tail rocker, and heavily tapered tips and tails.

Compared to similar skis in this width (e.g., the Black Crows Camox Freebird, Salomon Mtn Explore 95, Blizzard Zero G 95), the Mythic 97 has a lot of tip rocker and splay, and it’s heavily rockered tips represent a significant contrast to the ski’s very subtly rockered tails. This is an interesting combination, and is the reason for a few of my questions further down.

Weight

For many skiers, Dynastar might be best known for making some rather iconic heavy and stout skis (e.g., the Legend Pro Rider series.) But the Mythic 97 certainly swings the other way.

Of course, this isn’t Dynastar’s first touring ski — the Mythic 97 shares a very similar shape with the now-discontinued Cham High Mountain 97, though, at a little over 1500 grams, the Mythic 97 is significantly lighter than the Cham High Mountain 97 (stated weight of 1800 g).

So yes, Dynastar is right to highlight the “ultra-lightweight construction” of the Mythic 97, and to note that the Mythic 97 was built for “long ascents.”

Compared to the rest of the “free-touring” ski market, the Mythic 97 is on the lower end of the weight spectrum. Here’s how the Mythic 97 compares weight-wise to a few other notable skis in this category:

185 cm Blizzard Zero G 95: 1353 & 1376 g
184 cm Dynastar Mythic 97: 1512 & 1523 grams
184 cm Salomon Mtn Explore 95: 1507 & 1595 g
184 cm G3 FINDr 102: 1560 g per ski (stated weight)
178 cm Black Crows Camox Freebird: 1661 & 1664 g
186 cm Line Sick Day Tourist 102: 1720 & 1747 g

But while it’s light, the Mythic 97 isn’t some super lightweight noodle — its flex pattern is quite stout…

Flex Pattern

Handflexing the ski, I’d sum up the flex pattern like this:

Tip: 6
Front Half of Shovel: 7
Back half of Shovel / Front of Toe Piece: 8-9
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9
Tails: 9-8

The primary thing to note is that the shovels of the Mythic 97 are much softer than the rest of the ski. The flex through the tail is quite stout, and really only eases up in the last ~10 cm of the ski.

The flex from the tip through the shovel moves through a large range of stiffness. While some skis are only significantly softer at the very tip, the Mythic 97 get progressively softer from the middle of the ski through the entire shovel.

Primary Questions

The Mythic 97’s shape raises a few questions:

  1. The ski’s large amount of tip rocker / splay means that it should float well, but when paired with the softer flex in the shovel, we’re curious to see how the tip / shovels will perform when transitioning in and out of different depths and densities of powder?
  2. The subtle tail rocker, stiffness, and traditional camber underfoot seem to point to a ski that will have a strong preference for carving rather than slarving and sliding / feathering turns. So we’ll be interested to see how that plays on snow?
  3. How will the heavily tapered tips and tails affect the Mythic 97’s performance in chopped-up snow? And when carving on firm snow?

And when it comes to the weight of the Mythic 97:

  1. How well does the stiffer flex pattern work with its relatively low weight?
  2. Dynastar claims that the Mythic 97 is a “high-performance free-touring ski,” but how does its stability compare to other touring skis, particularly those with a bit more mass?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The Dynastar Mythic 97 is a lightweight, sub-100mm-wide ski with a ton of tip splay, seemingly making it a very interesting option for those who want to tour on a narrower ski even in deeper snow. But how then will this ski perform in firmer conditions? We’ve already started getting some initial time on the ski, so stay tuned for our Flash Review and full review.

NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics

3 Comments

  1. Jerryslay October 5, 2017 Reply

    Been skiing on this for over 3 years exclusively as my touring rig all over the eastern sierra and trips to AK. Unreal, performs well in pow, crude, resort, and most of all carves like a GS ski on corn. Damp and solid for how light it us, with a playful shape. Bit of a cult ski with the touring crowd:
    https://www.wildsnow.com/17561/dynastar-mythic-ski-review-touring/

  2. Andrew October 8, 2017 Reply

    I’ve been on the Mythic for the last season and have been pleased with it. Every ski is a compromise and the Mythic allows you to tour a moderately wide ski without the weight of a freeride world tour ski. Also it’s pretty good on hard snow too, but it will never be a GS weapon.

    In new or old untouched snow the ski is simply a blast as the massive shovel gives me the same feeling as my volkl twos but with more bounce. In Iceland in 12″ of untouched pow I could follow the guide’s euro wiggle, or could let the skis run at 3x the speed and pop me out of the snow between every turn.

    On piste the ski carves well, as expected given its short radius. Just lay it over and round it goes. As the speed increases to fast, on hard surfaces the massive tip can start to bounce, or the skis will chatter if you jam on an edge. Generally though it’s not a problem if you keep smooth.

    On moguls and chop I really like the ski as the flex, radius and big tip work together to smoothly lift over things, rather than spearing into lumps. This probably saved me in fog at Davos when i failed to realize that the smooth red run back to the village turns into a fully bumped up black. After a few brown trouser moments I let the skis run and got down a bit faster than prudent.

    Only downside to the skis is that the topsheet is thin, and after 3 days of skiing with my kids they look like 5 year old skis.

  3. Blister Member
    Johnny_V October 24, 2017 Reply

    Are you going to review any of the new Dynastar Legend skis?

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