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2018 Dynastar Legend X 88 Skis

The Legend X 88 is the only ski within Dynastar’s Legend collection that uses metal and comes in with an 88 mm waist width. One look at the ski within Dynastar’s line suggests it’s going to be a relatively powerful, aggressive all mountain ski. Dynastar’s Legend skis are designed to blend the realms of freeride and all mountain skiing. They use a 5 point sidecut (also referred to as early taper) and fairly significant rocker in the tips and tails. While most of the Legend skis are relatively light, the Legend X 88 and its 2 titanal laminates is more concerned with power and stability than achieving a light weight. Our testers put it to the test over two days at Stowe Mountain Resort and each of them had a positive reaction to the ski and the performance derived from the combination of their 5 point sidecut, maneuverable shape, and burly construction. All of our testers were on the 173 cm length.

Rory Burke described the Legend X 88 as a “frontside carver” despite its 88 mm waist width. A ski with two sheets of metal generally has impressive amounts of torsional stiffness and edge grip, which Rory definitely found in this ski. However, he also gave it 5 out of 5 for both quickness and playfulness, a nod to the effect that 5 point sidecut has on a ski. Because the effective edge is relatively short compared to the full length of the ski it’s relatively easy to pivot and throw side to side despite the two sheets of metal. He thought it was a “great ski to take out and lay some tracks.”

David Wolfgang was also impressed by the skis ability to carve a turn on firm snow and also found the turn initiation to be very smooth thanks to the 5 point sidecut design. He referred to it as “very fast turn initiation” and expanded on his thoughts by adding that you can just “lay it on edge and it dives into the turn.” David also found the ski to feel very light on his feet despite the two sheets of metal. We think maneuverability is often confused with a light overall weight, which could definitely explain David’s reaction as he did mention that it felt “heavy to carry, but light on your feet.”

James Stewart had a blast on the Legend X 88 as well. He was impressed by the dampness of the ski and its versatility and ability to excel in a wide range of conditions. He commented that they felt “amazingly damp” thanks to the two sheets of metal. He described the skis as being “smooth and stable in a pretty versatile shape.” Smooth and stable is a perfect way of describing a ski with metal and clearly that’s something that James really enjoys as he went as far as saying that the Legend X 88 has a “better on snow feel than most anything I’ve skied today.”

David Marryat gave the Legend X 88 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and versatility, with quickness and maneuverability both getting a 4. His overall impression score? 5. David described the Legend X 88 as “an awesome east coast choice.” He felt that the skis had “excellent versatility and edge hold. It handled corn, crud, and hardpack very well.” We think David really hit the nail on the head with his reaction to the ski. It does have an impressive ability to do a bit of everything, while still being a pretty gosh darn powerful ski to carve a turn on. We think it’s a great choice for relatively aggressive skiers who want a ski that will hold up to high speed skiing, but is versatile and maneuverable enough that you won’t feel held back when venturing into more variable terrain.

“Grip and rip!!! A definite try if you haven’t been on a Dynastar in a while.” -David Marryat


Caroline Kessler Ski Tester Headshot Image

Caroline Kessler

Age: 22Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

David Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

David Wolfgang

Age: 65Height: 6'3"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

Dave Marryat Ski Tester Headshot Image

David Marryat

Age: 28Height: 5'11"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Snowboarder trying to make the most of these skinny things

James Stewart Ski Tester Headshot Image

James Stewart

Age: 28Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, Playful, Fun to Follow

Rory Burke

Age: 37Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, deliberate, balanced telemark backcountry

16 Comments on the “2018 Dynastar Legend X 88 Skis”

  1. Hi, i am an advanced skier and i am searching for an all-mountain ski. I am 184cm and 74 kg.I mainly ski on piste but i also go and off-piste. I have considered the rossignol experience 88 2019 and the dynastar legend x88 both on 180cm. What’s your opinion and do you think any other model would be better for me?

    1. Hi George!
      Those are pretty comparable models. You’ll find a lot more similarities than differences. I’d say the Dynastar is a bit stiffer, and therefore better on-piste, but the Experience is no slouch either. Check out the Nordica Navigator 85 and 90 for another great choice. There are a ton of good options in the ~90 mm underfoot range and it’s hard to go wrong. Have fun!

      1. Thank you for your response!

        From the reviews I read the navigator 90 will be a great option for me in 179 cm. Also, i read about the blizzard rustler 9 great reviews but i don’t know if i’m getting too wide with it (94mm in 180cm). Also, i saw your latest video for the nordica enforcer 88 2020 and i’m thinking if it will be better to wait for it next season. Is it worth it or the differences from the navigator aren’t that great? And if not between the rossignol exp 88, the navigator 90, and the rustler 9 which one would you suggest me?

        Thank you in advane!

      2. Hi George!
        Every single one of the skis on that list are awesome. Yes, the Rustler is on the wide side, but it carves really well for that width. The Navigator has a pretty precise feel to it, and I loved how it completed the turns thanks to the stiffer and flatter tail. I like the Rossignol for its overall versatility. But that Enforcer 88 was awesome! I’ll be getting a pair next year for sure. If you can wait, I’d recommend that, but if not, the Navigator is the most similar of the other choices. Hope that helps!

  2. I consider myself an advanced intermediate to advanced, with 40+ years experience, returning to skiing now that the kids are gone. Mainly front side, comfortable on groomed steeps. Not a fan of moguls, but can work my way through moderate bumps if necessary. Primarily MN, WI and Upper MI (not much powder). Buying my first pair of skis in a while and looking primarily for performance / stability at speed on groomers. Considering the Dynastar Legend X88 or the Atomic Vantage 95C, thinking at least 186cm. I’m 6’7″ and 260#. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Welcome back, Marshall!
      The main difference between the two models on your list is that the Dynastar has metal in it whereas the Atomic does not. At your size, I’d recommend a ski with metal in it, even if you’re sticking mainly to the groomers. You’ll most likely overpower any ski without metal and get a chattery ride. The metal dampens the ski and makes for a smoother ski experience. In that spirit, the Dynastar’s are great for what you’re looking for! You’ll get great on-trail performance as well as a ton of all-mountain versatility. Other viable options are the Blizzard Brahma (187) or the Volkl Kendo (184 is longest length). Happy winter!

  3. Hi, I’m an advanced skier and looking to change my Atomic nomad TI 170 for something a little longer and more stable. I’m 179cm (5’10) and 80kg (176lb). I carve well and love to charge down long reds and enjoy fresh powder with the occasional and moderate off piste interlude. I’m thinking these with a length of 180 may well work. I’ve also been recommended the Volkl rtm 86… id Be interested in your thoughts and comments

    1. Hi Alan!
      The Legend X 88 is a great ski! It’ll take you wherever you need to go. I’d guess the 180 would be the right size for you as well. The RTM 86 is an interesting comparison, because as a system ski, it has more of an on-trail personality. If you are skiing on-trail the majority of the time, that might be worthy of more serious consideration. It will certainly carve better than the Legend, as well as having some off-piste capabilities. They’re definitely different, with the Legend having a more all-mountain character contrasted with the Volkl’s on-piste nature. The overall width is similar, but the profile and construction are different. Either way, you’re looking at a huge upgrade over your Nomads. Have fun!

  4. Hi, I am an intermediate to advanced skier. I like to ski all types of terrain. I am 5’8″ and weigh around 170 pounds. What size ski would you recommend for the Legend 88? Thanks!

    1. Hi Brian!
      Based on your information, I’d recommend the 173 cm length in that ski. Hope that helps!

  5. I currently ski K2 Rictor 90s – 177cm. I’m 6’0″ and about 200lbs. I consider myself a solid intermediate. Front side only, comfortable on groomed steeps. Not a fan of moguls, but can work my way through moderate bumps if necessary. Only complaint with the Rictors is they tend to chatter and feel a bit loose over chopped up terrain / bumps. Looking primarily for performance / stability at speed on groomers, but also good stability in chopped powder and on trails that haven’t been groomed in a few days. I’m considering the Legend 88 and the Atomic Vantage 90. Both look like good choices, but interested in any recommendation you can pass along including recommended length. Relative strengths/weaknesses of the two?


    1. Hey Chris!

      The Legend 88 is an interesting ski as it uses two sheets of metal in a shape that’s very maneuverable. So it has a very stable, powerful feel, but still does quite well in soft snow. It doesn’t feel exceptionally light, which I think is probably one of the only downsides, or if you wanted a longer effective edge as it uses so much rocker and early taper. The Vantage 90, on the other hand, uses less metal, more carbon, but less rocker and early taper. So a little bit lighter, a little easier to throw side to side from the lower swing weight, but a longer effective edge when you’re on groomed snow. I think because you’re focusing on performance and stability at speed, but still want a ski that feels comfortable in soft snow, the Legend X 88 is probably the way to go, although realistically they’re both great skis and both will outperform your Rictor 90s. I would probably go 180 cm Legend X 88, or if you decide to go Vantage 176 cm is probably best.

      Hope that helps!


  6. I recently demo’d these skis in Jackson Hole and LOVED them! I skied a 180 which performed great on the groomed, but am wondering if I should consider the 173 based on your testers’ comments. I’m 5’10 170 lbs. and a moderately aggressive skier. I love ripping groomers and other hardpack, but also love to ski windpack, powder and even crud on a good day. I’m also considering the Blizzard Brahmas. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Hi Mary!

      I replied to your other comment on the Brahma page. I’m thinking the Legend X 88 is the ski for you, and you can read more on why on the other comment. Along the same lines as my other response, if you found the 180 cm length easy and quick turning I don’t see any reason to go down to 173 cm. The longer length will also give you a more stable platform for skiing wind-buffed, crud snow, and chopped up powder.

      Let me know what you think, but I think you may have already found your ski!


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