Dynastar Legend 8000 2005
The Dynastar Legend 8000 lives up to its name and the Legend range is a worthy successor to the Intuitiv range. The Legend 8000 will fly down couloirs, float gracefully through powder and plough through crud all day long and still ask for more.
Model: Dynastar Legend 8000
Size (cm) / Radius (m): 165/? 172/? 178/20 184/?
Since carving skis have been around I have always skied on the shortest, stiffest and most carve happy skis I could get my hands on, as they made special slalom skiing so easy.
This week away was no different as I was skiing on the Head XP100s which are 160 cm long and have a radius of 11m and are as stiff as you get with their full metal jacket. So the jump from the XP100s to the Dynastar Legend 8000, which is 178cm long and has a radius of 20m, was pretty daunting.
So I didn’t know what to expect as I went up the over crowded Grande Rochette gondola in La Plagne. By the time I was back at the bottom of the Grand Rochette there was a huge grin across my face as these skis surpassed anything I had ever skied on in the past. They just wanted to go fast and normally at these kinds of speeds other skis tend to get a bit unstable and you start to lose edge grip.
The Legend 8000 had no problems handling the speed at all, even holding their edge all the way round the turn on the wind swept hard pack / ice, plus they just ploughed effortlessly through the crud at the bottom of the run. There was no powder worth speaking of to test the Legend’s off piste capabilities, but I am sure that this would be the ski’s forte as the huge 79mm under foot width will provide outstanding floatation.
I also didn’t get to try the Legends out in the moguls: from my experience mogul fields these days are made by people like me with shorter skis. This means the moguls are much closer together and when you ski the field on longer skis the tails tend to catch on the previous mogul, so I would not expect the Legends to do so well here.
The only bad things I picked up on were that they seem to take a while to bite once you begin to set them on an edge while carving. This is due to the large waist and can be expected of all skis in this class. Also—at slow speeds i.e. setting off and on the flat the ski becomes quite hard to turn as there is not much force to flex the ski. This is also is a characteristic of skis in this class.
The Dynastar Legend 8000 is an amazing ski for all mountain supremacy, I am definitely getting a pair and would recommend them to any higher intermediate to advanced skier.
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