Dynastar Speed Omeglass 63 2005
First impressions, a 64 with cosmetic surgery!Omeglass 63 - Omeglass 64 with a new paint job? Well…yes and no. The Omeglass 63 is slimmer at the waist, giving the ski a shorter radius – much like a hyper carver (something Head have always been good at). Considering this ski was supposed to be released officially for the 2004/2005 season – you may have been as surprised as we were after having seen them kicking around the Alps since late 2003.
Model: Dynastar Speed Omeglass 63
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 152/11 157/12 165/13
Length Tested: 165cm
Visually not much different than the Omeglass 64, although the red and blue bands are considerably thicker and run across the binding plates aswell.
* The 157 is apparently still being tweaked over the summer for general release. Thanks to one of our readers Jim Hoag for that info.
Dynastar; you have to love them - always keeping you guessing and doing some very odd things at very odd times. But those who complain do so with a wry smile – as Dynastar make world class skis.
Since I first saw this ski I have been looking around for chance to ski it. I was in the Alps for a few weeks recently and finally had the chance.
To the unaccomplished skier, there is not a lot of difference between the Omeglass 63 and the 64. The main difference is the waist; they are a whole millimeter thinner – hence the name (well…duh – I know I know…). It does not sound a great deal but with equipment like this it makes the world of difference on the snow. That’s why the FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) have such strict regulations down to a tolerance a millimeter in which competitive equipment must comply. It does make some difference in the amount you can turn on these (even though the 64’s have a turning circle of a London taxi).
It seems that it is not only Dynastar who are making things thinner and tighter in the race carve market – Salomon have introduced versions of the flagship Equipe 3V and 2V skis which unlike the originals do not comply to FIS regulations.
These are one of those skis you need to keep turning as if you point them down the hill you will find them making you dance like Elvis. If you have any knowledge about near race stock skis like these you know how stiff they are etc so I will not elaborate.
Suffice to say if you like carving, have strong legs, great technique or you race and not too fused about skiing in power and jumps etc this is a very good ski to have in your quiver. If all of the above are true except for you racing, I cannot recommend the Omecarve 10 enough – all of the Omeglass strengths without the concrete flex and the anti-social tails.
Another great ski from Dynastar. Inherits pretty much all the traits from its bigger (?) brother the Omeglass 64 – while skimping on dimensions and possibly FIS regulations for next season for that extra bite when skiing with the masses.
If you have 64’s there is no real benefit or advantage in buying these – except for lift queue posing of course…
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