2018-2019 Dynastar Legend X106

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Dynastar Legend X106 for Blister

Dynastar Legend X106

Ski: 2018-2019 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 173, 182, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.1 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1996 & 2012 grams

Stated Dimensions: 139-106-123 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 138.4-105.4-122.4 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 19 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 66 mm / 17 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5 mm

Core: Paulownia + Fiberglass Laminate

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.45 cm from center; 82.1 cm from tail

Intro

Put the words “Dynastar” and “Legend” together in the same sentence, and a lot of skiers will start smiling and nodding. And now, we’re finally taking a look at the latest generation of Legends, the Legend X106 and the X96.

We’ll get to the X96 soon, but for now, here’s what Dynastar has to say about the Legend X106:

“Designed to take you anywhere, the all-new LEGEND X106 eliminates the boundary between ‘freeride’ and ‘all-mountain’ for truly inspiring all-terrain performance. Our newest Powerdrive Free construction unleashes smooth dynamic power, playful energy, and ground-breaking grip for the most responsive ski control. A progressive rocker profile and five-point sidecut supply the natural versatility and float to make the entire mountain your playground.”

There’s a lot going on in that description, so let’s just go ahead and get into the details.

Shape / Rocker Profile

First, the construction and finish of this ski look really nice.

The Legend X106 has quite a bit of tip and tail taper, and is very similar to the shape of the Cham 2.0 107 it replaces. (The widest point on the tail of the Legend X106 is 27.5 cm / 10.8” in from the end of the ski, then tapers back from there.)

The Legend X106 also has less tip splay but more tail rocker / splay than the Cham 107.

The X106 ski also has a notch on its tail for climbing skins, and at its weight, there’s no question this ski would make sense as a “50/50” ski, or even a dedicated touring ski.

Flex Pattern

Handflexing the Legend X106, here’s how we’d sum up its flex pattern:

Tips: 8
Shovels: 8.5-9
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 9-9.5

While the first ¼ of the ski has a pretty accessible flex, the back ¾ of the ski is stiff. I mean stiff. And, in a comparison that might raise quite a few eyebrows, because I mean much stiffer than the 192 cm Dynastar Pro Rider (I just flexed the two skis back-to-back, and it isn’t really even close.)

But what makes that flex pattern even more interesting is our next section:

Weight

Take a look at how the Legend X106 compares to some other notable skis:

1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm
1957 & 1958 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm
1970 & 1979 Atomic Backland FR 109, 189 cm
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7, 188 cm (18/19)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm

So, compared to other “50/50” skis, the Legend X106 is coming in at a pretty similar weight.

But compared to more traditional alpine skis, the Legend X106 is still quite light.

But while we continue to see this trend of skis getting lighter and lighter, it is wild to me that we don’t see a corresponding trend of skis getting softer. To be clear, there are certainly a lot of softer-flexing skis on the market these days.

But to stick within Dynastar’s own line, their 192 cm, 105mm-underfoot Pro Rider weighs over 2600 g per ski. The new 188 cm, Legend X106 is 600 g per ski lighter … and yet it is also stiffer.

Kinda odd, isn’t it, that we seem to hate weight in the ski industry, but we don’t hate stiff flex patterns?

Some Comparisons

But the Legend X106 is by no means alone, these days, in the category of light + stiff ~105mm-wide skis, and here are a few examples:

DPS Wailer A 106, 189 cm

While the Wailer A 106 is even lighter than the Legend X106, this is one of the most direct comparisons, we think, to the Legend X106. Stay tuned.

Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm

And the Dictator 3.0 is the other ski that comes to mind. We found the Dictator 3.0 to require a very strong and precise pilot, and it’s going to be very interesting to see if the Legend X106 feels similar or more forgiving and / or more accessible than the 3.0.

Rossignol Soul 7, 188 cm

Whoa. It is very surprising to find that this 188 cm “Legend” ski comes in lighter than the 188 cm (18/19) Rossignol Soul 7.

And while the Soul 7 has even more traditional camber underfoot than the Legend X106, it’s tips & shovels are world’s softer than the Legend X106, and while the difference in the tails of the two skis is less drastic, the tails of the Soul 7 HD are still much softer than the Legend X106’s.

Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm

Similar weight, similar sidecut radius. We found that the Rustler 10 really wanted to be turning rather than running straight, and it’ll be interesting to see how similar or different are the tendencies of the Legend X106.

Atomic Vantage 107, 187 cm

Nothing much concrete to say yet other than we will be curious to A/B this new Vantage 107 against the Legend X106.

Bottom Line (For Now)

Honestly, we really aren’t sure what to expect here. While the Dynastar Legend X106 has a more playful, “5-point” tip shape, the flex pattern of this ski is no joke. So it’s going to be very interesting to see just what sort of blend of power and playfulness this ski has, and how demanding or forgiving of a ski it proves to be.

NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics

7 Comments

  1. Woody February 15, 2018 Reply

    I have spent my entire season on them as a daily driver. I seldom grab other skis in my quiver now, including my LP105. It’s a great ski.

  2. Jantzen February 26, 2018 Reply

    Woody, any affiliation with Dynastar? It’s odd that someone not affiliated with a brand has the time or want to post same sentiment almost everywhere that ski is reviewed or sold.

    • Woody February 26, 2018 Reply

      Just a fan boy. I have only posted that short excerpt on here and a slightly longer review on dynastar’s website, and a somewhat in depth review on TGR? I guess that counts as mindless posting everywhere on the internet.

      • Jantzen March 1, 2018 Reply

        It may be that when you post on one site it auto populates another. I seem to have read the “picking it over my 105” a few times is all.

        And I too would like to know about metal. From page 12 of the dstar catalogue under both the 106 and 96: “Featuring the new Powerdrive technology combined with a palownia + titanal sandwich structure…”

        catalog: https://issuu.com/levnelyze/docs/dynastar_1718/9

        also this: https://gnomes.co.nz/blogs/news/dynastar-skis-2018-nz is all good till you get to the middle of page and it referecnes the Legend X series and states, “The titanal layer runs the length of the ski keeping it damp and predictable…”

        Honestly, Dynastar (I know you’re not reading), but how hard is this.

        Does the topsheet have a bit size rec (4.1 or 3.6) on it? That would at least tell me if there is a laminate that way,

  3. Andrew February 27, 2018 Reply

    Dynastar states that there is no metal laminate in the ski. Can you double check?

    • Jantzen March 9, 2018 Reply

      Andrew, I have an email reply from Dynastar that just pointed me to their powerdrive free construction chart (no metal). I picked up a pair because price was too silly to say no to and just drilled them with a 3.5 as stated on top sheet: no metal there. I know these are not the race build so no vertical ti laminate “stringers” as in that construction, so lots of misinformation on the net: I am 99.9% sure not metal.

      • Jantzen March 10, 2018 Reply

        This is interesting and frustrating.

        The x106 requires a 3.5 bit and def no metal when drilled. The x96 is marked as needing a 4.1 and the w96 a 4.1. I’ve drilled neither of those.

        Dynastar sent me this: https://grouperossignol.imagerelay.com/share/8284bac3e3fa4ff3a3d117ce29ca6ec1

        If one looks at pages 31 thru 33, there it a “Ti” column. For the w96 it is marked that it has ti. The x96 no and the 106 no.

        …mercy.

        It doesn’t really matter because how they ski trumps the build but this should not be so difficult.

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