2020 Dynastar Legend X 106

The 2020 Dynastar Legend X 106 is a unique ski at this width. For years, Dynastar has been playing around with their 5-point sidecut shape, and it seems to work really well for wider skis like this. Basically, wider skis used to have straighter shapes or else the tips and tails would get too wide. By lowering the widest point of the tip and raising the widest point of the tail, Dynastar was able to create a wide ski with a shorter radius, making it more accessible for more skiers. Additionally, this shape is highly maneuverable and fun to use in softer snow conditions. Built with a Paulownia wood core and a fiberglass reinforcement, the Legend X 106 has a simple yet effective build and a fun-loving shape. At the 182 cm length, the skis have a 17-meter turn radius, so they do prefer to be in a turn versus straight-lining. The tapered shape means quick turns, and this is especially helpful in tight trees like we have here at Stowe. They float and turn really well in manky, wet, and wind-affected snow due to the taper. Our testers loved the short-turn ability of these wider skis, and marveled at the playfulness and flotation that they could get out of the Legend X 106.

Parker Herlihy had a blast on the 182, but probably would prefer the 188 for a personal ski length. But for testing purposes, he found out all he needed to know out of the shorter size. His top marks of 4 out of 5 were given for flotation, maneuverability, and playfulness. These are right in line with what Dynastar set out to accomplish with this ski, and it sounds like they did a really nice job according to Parker. His lowest score was for torsional stiffness and edge hold, which is unsurprising given the soft-snow mentality of these skis. Parker notes that the Legend 106 is an “all-mountain hammer-down ski that loves peed and air. Due to the shape, they do ski short, but excel at mid-range turns versus full-chop pounding.” As far as a comparison, Parker declares that they are “quicker turning than a Volkl 100Eight.” We’re definitely seeing the benefits of having that shorter turn radius in terms of the quickness and maneuverability.

Phil McGrory hopped on the 188 and found it to be the right length. I’d guess that these two testers should have switched lengths, but it’s always interesting to see who likes what and why. Phil scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for flotation, and 4’s for stability, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. These high scores fall right in step with the 106’s intended use, and it’s always nice to see when design and construction come to life in a positive and accurate manner. Phil calls the Legend X 106 a “wide platform ski with a shorter turn radius. Carves well for its width once on edge.” There aren’t a ton of ~106 mm skis that carve that well, so it’s interesting to note that the shorter radius does a good job of hooking up when on edge. As far as ability level, Phil marks the 106 as great skis for “high intermediate to advanced skiers.” Definitely a big range with these skis, as they’re light and easy to turn, but are better suited for more advanced terrain and snow conditions.

For those skiers looking to get into the deeper stuff, whether it’s bottomless powder or springtime mush, the 2020 Dynastar Legend X 106 is a great choice. For hard-chargers who are looking for full-throttle top-to-bottom runs, there’s better skis out there, but for medium speeds and shorter turns, there aren’t many more suitable options, especially when it comes to soft snow.


Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Phil McGrory

Age: 31Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous spirit in search of pow

14 Comments on the “2020 Dynastar Legend X 106”

    1. Hi Ken!
      I like the Dynastar and Salomon for shorter turns and slower speeds while the Enforcer is more of a high-energy ski with a ton of power. I’d use the 104 as a wider all-mountain ski while the Salomon and Dynastar are better suited for softer snow. Hope that helps!

  1. Dynastar’s website says this ski skews towards being pretty powerful. From reading your reviews above, I don’t get that sense. Nor from the earlier comment comparing it to the Nordica 104 Free or the QST 106. I’ve found some reviews of the 18-19 version that say it’s a stiff ski. Has it changed for 2020? How does it compare in stiffness and forgiveness compared to the Nordica and the QST?Thanks.

    1. Hi Bob!
      It’s stiff, but that doesn’t always translate to power. The big thing that sets it apart is the five-point sidecut. So it likes to make shorter turns, which doesn’t usually follow the “powerful” ski category. It has a stiffer flex than either the Nordica or QST, but the 104 has a more consistent and playful feel to it. The QST is nimble like the Dynastar, and is a pretty comparable floater, but the stiffness of the Dynastar make it a bit more jittery at speed versus the more supple QST. The ski hasn’t changed from 19-20. Because of that wider shovel in the Dynastar and the stiffer flex, it likes to pop up and stay on top of the fresh–a very bouncy type of ski (not necessarily in a bad way). Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Charles!
      The Legend has a beefier overall feel while the Rustler’s fun lies in the lighter tips and tails. Both are very stable underfoot, but the Legend has a more consistent feel from tip to tail. This works better for crud and hard snow, while the Rustler is a bit more playful in fresh and softer snow. Have fun!

    2. Hello, Charles. I borrowed a pair of Rustler 10’s from a Blizzard rep recently. Unfortunately, almost NO pow days back here in the East this year. On trail the Rustler felt a bit bland. Maneuverable, fairly quick, good edge hold (but these days, what ski doesn’t?). Probably better in pow, for which it is obviously made. So my judgment is not really fair. But I moved on from the Blizzard to an Atomic BentChetler 100–a bit narrow for real pow, skis pretty much like a Nordica Enforcer (but then, so does everything these days in the 90-100 width. Haven’t skied the Enforcer 100, but a good friend and good skier, tried a pair and bought his own the same day.

  2. First thank you guys for taking the time to answer our question, VERY APPRECIATED!
    My situation
    skiing in Quebec, Stoneham and Mont sainte Anne. Patroller at Stoneham next season.
    Presently own dynastar Speed Zone 16 in 168 and I love them, but I only ski in evening so most of out of piste trails are close,
    I’ll need a wider all mountain ski to handle the whole mountain.
    I’m 6 foot 220 expert level 40 years-old
    Dynastar Legend 106
    Elan Ripstick 106
    Nordica enforcer 104
    J ski the Metal
    4FRNT 99MSP
    ……. HELP

    1. Nice dilemma, Steve!
      The Legends bound and bounce through fresh snow. The tapered shape puts the wide part closer to your foot, so they are nearly impossible to submerge. Whether that’s a good thing is up to you, but that’s their big difference. Similar shape is found in the Ripstick, but they’re lighter and more flexible so you can manipulate them more. For your size, (which is also my size) I think they’re on the light side. The Enforcer is on the opposite end as the Ripstick, with more of a similar build to a race ski than anything else. The shape and profile are all about versatility and playfulness, but the construction is all business. The J and the 4Frnt I’m not too familiar with, but for the other options, it sounds like the Enforcer is the way to go. Not too many skiers disappointed with that one. Have fun!

  3. Hi SE!
    Firstly I’ve been loving all of your reviews! So kudos to you guys they are the best on the net!

    I’m hoping you guys might be able to help me, I’m looking for a dedicated back country touring ski for Norway. That means quite often variable conditions from knee deep powder to wind crust to slush spring snow and sometimes a bit of ice. So far i have tried:

    Extrem 88 Opinion 2 Carbon – found this way to light at 1.5kg per ski for the 186, the skis got pushed around a lot and felt quite hooky in deep snow.

    An old (2013) K2 Sidestash 108! What a ski! It’s like a tank! But at 2.5kg per ski for the 189 is too heavy for touring and I though doing tight turns down steeps really tiring as the swing weight is huge!

    Dynastar Cham 97 HM – loved it! But it felt a little narrow under foot on the day I skied in 30cm of powder. I like the low swing weight and how easy it turns yet felt stable and enough mass in the ski not to get deflected to badly I think the 184 is around 1.9kg per ski.

    So after trying the Cham 97 I started looking at the Legend 106 – review sounds great and I want a ski around the 1.8 – 2kg mark so all good there! But I have also been looking at the Fischer Ranger skis particularly the 102 FR. How do those 2 compare? Do you think I’m in the right territory / any others I should be considering? Black Crows maybe? In the back country I’m an Intermediate, I enjoy the down more than the up but I’m not a charger like I would on the gromers, I’m looking for something easy, stable and maneuverable for touring. I’m 6′ tall, 170lbs.

    Top marks again to you guys and your detailed reviews!


    1. Thanks Stuart!
      I think I replied to you in the 106/102 comparison on the ski test, but just to reiterate, the 106 is a livelier floater thanks to the more dramatic taper shape. The 102 is better served and more consistent for all-mountain skiing, but if I were looking for a snow for deeper and softer snow more often than not, I’d go 106. The 102 is super fun, and while neither of them are the lightest skis out there, they’re both offering way more downhill performance than the other skis you’ve been on. If you can deal with the slog on the way up, the down is worth the effort. In the Black Crows, I’d look to the Navis Freebird. A bit lighter, but still quite competent. Take care!

  4. First off, congrtulTIONS TO sKI eSSENTIALS FOR APELLING “fLOTATION” CORRCTLY! I just bought a pair of 106’s without demo’ing any. I got them in 173, as I weight in at 132lbs. I have owned many Dynastars over the years, and the Cham 98 was once of the best–if you had legs of steel. Two layers of titanal made it a serious ski, but I never found anyone who could ski them in deeper pow both morning and afternoon. Many of Dynstar’s recent builds have tended toward the soft. I have a pair of SpeedZone 14’s in 174cm length, and I like to ski them at the end of a long day when I’m building up the vert. But it’s a ski that demands nothing of the skier and gives very little back. I also still own a pair of Legend 98’s (pre “Cham”) and absolutely love them. Skied them in slush today: they hook up like a giant slalom ski (just like some of the very early Legends), and are stable in variable snow and on tough terrain. Good on ice, too. I am looking forward to trying the new Legends next Monday when we are supposed to get two feet of freshies… The Italian “NeveItalia” test team also gave these skis top marks for both off and on-piste performance (can be seen on You Tube). THanks for your test.

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