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Dynastar Chrome 74 Fluid X (2014)

Dynastar Chrome 74 Fluid X (2014)
Official Selection 2014
Tester's Review

This is an unabashed groomed-snow carver with a huge performance window. It’s friendly enough for aspiring experts to enjoy but has the power and energy to please aggressive carve enthusiasts. The moment you roll its big, squarish tip on edge and add a little pressure, it dives eagerly into turns. Keep the angles high, though, and avoid straight running—the 74 is happiest on edge, ripping arcs in corn and soft, groomed, day-old snow.

Skiing's Notes:
The Chrome 74 features a turnier, tighter sidecut radius and a slimmer waist (74 mm) than the Chrome 78, as well as a softer flex, with laminates designed to better suit strong intermediates and less heavy or aggressive experts. It comes with a 12-DIN Look PX binding The new Chrome series embraces the carve and is built for maximized on-trail performance on the hardest of snow. The line includes three models ranging in width from the 78, for skilled technicians, down to the 72, a friendlier construction for novices and intermediates at lower speeds and edge angles. Subtle tip rocker allows feathering of the turn entry (a concept now accepted in race skis as it allows athletes to take more aggressive lines), while the rest of the ski is fully cambered for strong edge engagement and powerful turn finishes. All are wood core, full vertical sidewall constructions, variously reinforced according to its target skier ability. Laminates are staggered in length so the ski is thinner and more torsionally flexible near the tip and tail as needed to work with the ski's sidecut - Dynastar calls it Torsion Control.

PRICE (MSRP): $1000.00
PRICE (MAP): $900.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
LevelAdvanced, Expert
AwardsOfficial Selection
Bindingw/ binding
Lengths165, 172, 178, 184
Rating: Stability at Speed3.69 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.55 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.89 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.30 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.05 / 5
Rating: Energy/Liveliness2.94 / 5
Rating: Versatility2.20 / 5
Rating: Overall3.12 / 5