2018 Dynastar Speedzone 12 Ti 2018 Dynastar Speedzone 12 Ti

2018 Dynastar Speedzone 12 Ti Skis

The Dynastar Speedzone 12 Ti is a high end carving ski designed to blend precision with a smooth, fluid feel. The Speedzone 12 Ti uses one sheet of full length titanal metal to help increase dampness and vibration dampening, which when combined with the poplar wood core gives the ski a very solid, stable feel. It uses slight early rise in the tip that makes turn initiation incredibly smooth allowing you to tip the ski on edge and let it take you into a carving turn. Dynastar’s Powerdrive construction gives the ski an almost instinctual ability to adapt to different conditions and terrain. It helps keep consistent edge contact with the snow, which is another reason why Dynastar consistently describes the ski as being “smooth”. It all sounds good on paper, but what did our testers think?

Steve Brown described the ski as a “Ripper!” and gave it 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. He tested the 182 cm length and was very impressed by the ski’s ability to make a powerful carving turn, but also noted that it feels less serious and more enjoyable than a full on race ski. He commented that the Dynastar Speedzone 12 is “as close to a fun ‘GS’ turn as you can get.” He thought they did “great on piste”, but unlike some frontside carving skis had the ability to “bust crud” as well.

Benny Wax was on the 174 cm length and was most impressed by the easy turn initiation and the skis stable feel. He commented that “turn initiation was easy and simple”, which is quite a compliment and quite the accomplishment for such a high performing, relatively powerful ski. Even though turn initiation is easy, it still rips. Benny thought it had great edge grip and stability and described them as “providing a secure feeling on firm snow.” The skis ability to retain consistent edge contact thanks to the Powerdrive technology is really noticeable when skiing over variable conditions, which we had at times during our test days.

Kris Demello’s size called for the 182 cm length and he thought the Speedzone 12 Ti handled high speeds very well. After all, you can’t exactly name a ski the Speedzone if it falls apart when you’re skiing fast. According to Kris, “this ski wants to go fast. It’s so stable when flying down the groomers.” It truly is an impressively stable, damp, and quiet ski, something that was echoed among our testers. Kris did have some advice for who he thinks the ski is best for; “great for the skier with race style.” Because it has a relatively narrow 72 mm waist width and does draw a lot of influence from race skis it’s best suited for skiers with that style. More freeride-oriented, playful skiers will want to move into a wider ski like the Legend X 88, for example.

Marcus Shakun also tested the 182 cm ski and gave the Speedzone 12 Ti 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. He dubbed the ski a “frontside driver” and went on to explain that he thought the ski had “great edge hold and control throughout the turn.” This sense of control can again be attributed by the skis ability to retain consistent edge contact. It doesn’t bounce around and really never feels unstable even at high speeds. Marcus thought this was also due to the fact that the ski has a “damp shovel and a stiffer tail that helps hold the turn.” The damp-feeling shovel is where the consistent edge contact starts. The ski almost feels like it has shock absorbers in the tip, then completes a turn with the power of a race ski. Marcus had a nice quote giving some advice as to who he thinks the Speedzone 12 Ti is best for, and we’ll leave you with it:

“Great for advanced to expert skiers who like making medium to long radius turns and find themselves on more frontside, groomed trails than not.”

Testers

Kris DeMello Ski Tester Headshot Image

Kris DeMello

Age: 28Height: 6'2"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive, fast, fearless

Danielle Nichols Ski Tester Headshot Image

Danielle Nichols

Age: 40Height: 5'3"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast fall line ripper

David Wolfgang Ski Tester Headshot Image

David Wolfgang

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

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

Benny Wax Ski Tester Headshot Image

Benny Wax

Age: 67Height: 5'6"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and creamy, lots of turns

Maggie MacDonald Ski Tester Headshot Image

Maggie MacDonald

Age: 39Height: 5'3"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Advanced skier that loves woods and steep ungroomed terrain

Marcus Shakun Ski Tester Headshot Image

Marcus Shakun

Age: 37Height: 6'5"Weight: 210 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

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Steve Brown

Age: 26Height: 6'6"Weight: 235 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast, smooth, and swingy down the fall line

6 Comments on the “2018 Dynastar Speedzone 12 Ti Skis”

  1. Hello
    I am 60 years old and a good to very good skier
    Weight 85kgs and height 173cms
    Skiing on small to medium length groomed piste more into small turn than slalom geant

    Should I Buy 166cms or 174cms
    Thank you

    1. Hi Charles!
      I’d go with the 166. They’re very stable skis, so the shorter length will most likely be a better choice, especially if you’re doing shorter turns. Have fun!
      SE

  2. Hi, Wondering whether to buy a 174cm or 182 cm length. I’m 54, 5’9″ 190 pounds, have skied all my life and enjoy race type carving turns and am still a very aggressive skier. I’ve demoed a 174 cm length and loved them but am wondering if I might enjoy the 182 cm even more. All mountain skiing I prefer a 180 cm Bonafide over the 173 cm. Your recommendation would be appreciated, will primarily just carve with this ski but will also take them into the bumps a bit.

    1. Hey Pete!
      I’d stick to the 174 that you know you like. Especially if you’re bringing them into the bumps a bit, you’ll appreciate the quickness. The 182 might be more stable in a straighter line, but the carving ability of the shorter ski sounds to me what you like best. Have fun!
      SE

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