There’s something so fun and satisfying about a narrower all-mountain ski that just does everything well. From the build, to the shape, and the design, these skis just have it all going on. Built with a Poplar wood core, fiberglass reinforcement, and a full-sidewall construction, the Legend W 84 is light, quick, and stable. Couple that with an 84 mm waist, and you’ve got a great all-around, all-mountain ski with limitless potential. On-trail, the skis carve like a dream. No metal, but still a very competent turner. They have a 14-meter turn radius, so they like to be on edge, but the more forgiving construction allows the skier to bend and break away from that turn shape when necessary/desired. Dynastar’s 5-point sidecut gives it that shorter turn style, and makes it super-agile in the moguls and trees. If you’re looking for some off-piste adventures, this ski is fun and easy. The Powerdrive concept is ideal for having a damp and powerful forebody, thanks to the addition of different core materials to achieve amazing results. Our testers marveled at the stability and light weight of the skis, with many of them noting that they were surprised at the poise and composure of the ski. All of our testers were on the 156 cm length.
That length was a bit short for Ali Berlin, and at the shorter lengths, the turn radius shortens as well, so they become really quick turners if you’re downsizing. Her top score of 5 out of 5 was for forgiveness, and she had a bunch of 4’s scattered in there as well, including one for overall impression. Stability, maneuverability, and playfulness were her other 4’s, and this is indicative of a well-rounded and versatile ski. She calls them “lightweight and feathery. I was pleasantly surprised by the stability and grip these skis had in the hard-packed snow. They moved under my feet with quick response and skiing faster did not increase chatter.” Overall, I’d say that’s a win, having a ski that’s a bit too short being light yet damp and stable.
Lauren Lepage also thought the 156 was a bit short, and that shows in her review of the Legend’s ability to make quick and easy turns. At the 156 cm length, the skis have a 12-meter turn radius, so keep that in mind when researching skis. “The Legend W 84 made some nice quick turns and would be a great ski for an intermediate skier. Really easy turn initiation!” The 5-point sidecut does create a decent amount of tip taper, so it’s not a surprise that the skis begin turns almost automatically.
Echoing the easy turn initiation, Katrine Wolfgang also felt that her test length was on the short side. The 163 would serve her well. Regardless, Katrine notes that the Legend 84 “initiates turns well. Makes easy turns and is very forgiving. These skis fit right in with the smooth intermediate crowd.” This is some good, consistent feedback from our testers, pretty accurately nailing down the ski’s benefits and intended audience.
As the only tester to ski the appropriate length, Shelby Parenteau was a fan of the quickness, maneuverability, forgiveness, and edge hold of the 156 cm Legend W 84. She calls the ski “forgiving and easy to transfer from edge to edge. It was also a nice, soft ski.” Good edge hold and smooth transitions sound like a winning combination for sure.
The 2020 Dynastar Legend W 84 is a great choice for intermediate level skiers who aren’t looking to break any speed barriers. The lighter wood core combined with the shorter turn radius make for a nimble and playful ski, so if you’re in search of a light and easy to use ski, the Legend 84 should be at the top of your list.