2020 Dynastar Legend X 88

All-mountain skis are the SUV’s of the ski world. They’re burly, sometimes heavy, and are supposed to do a bit of everything. The 2020 Dynastar Legend X 88 is the perfect example of one of these skis. Built on a beefy platform of Poplar wood and with two Titanal layers, the Legend X 88 is a stiff ski, but the shape makes it nimble and maneuverable. This way, you get the best of both worlds, with the strength and the quickness necessary to take on a vast variety of snow conditions and terrain. The 88 mm underfoot width is highly versatile, as it’s wide enough to generate some good float and narrow enough for strong edge hold and carving prowess. Dynastar’s 5-point sidecut makes the most out of the ski by slightly shortening the turn radius due to a longer tip and tail taper shape. By bringing the widest points of the ski closer to the waist, it decreases turn radius and increases maneuverability. At the 180 cm length, the skis have an 18-meter turn radius, so these things like to turn on a dime. Our testers loved the stiffness and maneuverability, with many of them remarking how fun and smooth they are on all terrain.

Michael Rooney skied the 180 and thought that was a good length for him. His top marks were 4’s out of 5 for flotation and stability. It’s pretty amazing what a couple of sheets of metal can do for the dampness of the ski, and it looks like Michael is picking up on this fact. “The Legend X 88 is great on soft snow and groomers. It is good at absorbing bumps.” In terms of a target audience, Michael notes that the Legend 88 is suitable for intermediate and above skiers.

Rick Randall was also on the appropriately sized 180 and had some high scores to boot. All 4’s for Rick, with a lone 3 for torsional stiffness and edge hold. His overall impression score of 4 is quite high, and the versatility score is not surprising given the shape and build of the skis. “Really playful with good energy from turn to turn. Versatile ski can change turn shape with relative ease. Not an overly demanding ski. Torsionally, I wanted a little more out of it at speed for edge hold, but most skiers will have fun on this ski.” Good point by Rick, noting that the shorter turn radius does put a bit of a damper on the upper ends of the speed limit, but that the skis have a huge target audience that will love the maneuverability and stability at most speeds.

Dave Marryat skied the 173 and, unlike Rick, was a big fan of the torsional stiffness and edge hold as well as the quickness and maneuverability. Each of those categories received top marks of 5, with stability earning a well-deserved 4. David calls the Legend 88 “a great ski for the ‘traditional skier.’ An 88-waist width, but a trail carver at heart. Skiers with a narrow stance and who are in the front of their boot will love this Dynastar offering.” Smart analysis from David, that a lot of skiers who don’t want a huge, wide ski will love the ease of use and balanced stance of the Legend 88.

Parker Herlihy would have preferred the 186, but still found the 180 that he tested to have ample power and stability. “Slick and stiff. Stiff tail, and pretty short in the tip lead to quick engagement. A very solid ski.” They’re definitely on the maneuverable side of things, and that tip taper does make the ski look a bit shorter in the front, but most of the power is found underfoot and through the tail.

If you’re looking for one of the most maneuverable and well-rounded skis out there on the market, the Dynastar Legend X 88 is an ideal choice. Any conditions, any terrain, any time.

Testers

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

Dave Carter

Age: 61Height: 5'9"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: They don't call me "carving" Dave Carter for nothin'

Parker Herlihy

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

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Dave Marryat

Age: 30Height: 5'11"Weight: 180 lbs.

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

Rick Randall

Age: 45Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Efficient and technical with a love for speed

Tad Lamell

Age: 73Height: 6'2"Weight: 220 lbs.

Ski Style: Experienced and precise with a love for early-morning runs

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

5 Comments on the “2020 Dynastar Legend X 88”

  1. Do you guys know if the 2020 Dynastar Legend X88 and last years have the same factory recommended mounting point??

    I read that a few guys mounted last years back 4cm from the factory mark to aid with carving and all mountain skiing.

    In the photos it looks like the 2020 is marked further forward but I could be wrong.

    I have a new pair of last years X88’s in 180 and I want to mount my Look Pivot 18’s, and I want them for charging front side with a little off piste.

    Many thanks,
    Mark

    1. Hi Mark!
      The mount point on both years is the same, and we recommend that line for pretty much all applications. Unless you know something very specific about your skiing or how you want the ski to perform, I’d stick to the line. Have fun!
      SE

  2. That’s great, thankyou for replying!!

    Just gotta decide whether to use my WTR Pivots or go for the newer Grip Walk Pivots so I can use the grip walk soles on my Nordica Pro Machines.

    I’ve heard good things about the new bindings regarding the fit and release.

    Thanks again ✌🏽🎿

  3. Hi SE!

    Thank you for a great post! Can you please share the pros and cons of X88 vs Enforcer 88?

    I am looking for a pair of skis that’s stable at high speed, playful and easy to ski at the same time for west coast skiing. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

    Best,

    1. HI FG!
      I wouldn’t say either of those skis fall into the “easy to ski” category, with both being fairly heavy and stiff. The more generous sidecut of the Legend makes it a bit turnier and more piste-oriented while the freeride-inspired shape of the Enforcer is better suited to more conditions and terrain. Stability at speed goes to the Enforcer for sure, and I guess it’s a bit more playful due to the more turned-up tail, but not by a whole lot. I’ve been on the Enforcer 88 for a few months now and totally love it! Have fun!
      SE

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