Dynastar Elite Light (2014)
Many skis that excel in their specialty are also good everywhere else. The Elite Light, however, is unabashedly awesome at what it's built for: slicing and dicing hard snow. Powder, crud, and bumps? Meh, not so much. It's made with full sidewalls for power, a wood core for responsiveness, and sandwich construction for, well, more power. Oh, and it's fully cambered. Which means it'll grip concrete if you want it to. The only thing we weren't sure about was the name - it seems a little flowery for a ski so edgy. Lovell: "All I had to do was look at these skis and they turned."
The returning Elite Light is a high-performance hard-snow carver for skilled technicians who know how to bend a ski and aren't shy about speed. Its narrow waist (72 mm) and full-sidewall, wood-core laminate construction give it quickness, integrity and edge grip. Its 15-meter radius favor tight turns and high edge angles. And full camber delivers tip-to-tail edge grip and strong rebound across the hill into the new turn. It's the only Dynastar women's model with a poplar core - which is denser and damper than paulownia wood used in other models - for optimal power and high-speed calm.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||148, 153, 159, 165, 171|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.36 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.28 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.55 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.06 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.64 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||1.61 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.21 / 5|