The Menace line from Dynastar for 2020 is an awesome choice for skiers looking for playfulness and fun above all else. The Menace 90 is the mid-width ski, coming in at (you guessed it) 90 mm underfoot. At this width, it’s competing with other all-mountain skis, but the lighter weight build and the twin-tip shape put it in a slightly different category. No metal in this ski, but the Poplar wood core and the cap construction give it more snap and pop than pretty much anything else on the market today. If you’re looking to spend a ton of time in the park and pipe, but have the desire for adventure and some off-piste activities, this is a great choice. Conversely, if you’re an all-mountain skier who wants something versatile enough for tricks and rails, the Menace 90 has you covered. A 23-meter turn radius keeps the turns interesting, as it’s not locked in to a specific shape or style. This adds to the playful character of the ski and gives the pilot something to work for. Moguls, trees, powder, or groomers are no problem for these sweet sticks, and there’s a ton of wiggle-room in terms of intended audience. Intermediates looking to cruise will find the same amount of enjoyment as the expert who’s crushing park laps all day. The 2020 Dynastar Menace 90 is a surefire crowd-pleaser that has a ton of upside and very little downside. Our testers were not only surprised at the poise and responsiveness of the ski, but also very comfortable with a bunch of different snow conditions and terrain.
Benny Wax skied the 180 and found it to be the right size. He’s usually on a mid to upper-170’s ski, but given the quickness and lighter weight of the Menace 90, he felt right at home on the longest length of the ski. Apparently, he’s a huge fan of this thing. All 4’s right down the line, with the lone exception of a 5 for overall impression. This type of high-scoring typically represents a well-balanced ski, and it sounds like Benny is all-in on this versatile stick. “What a great ski! A solid, traditional, high-performance ski with a little twin-tip action.” Good not to forget about that twin-tip, and the fact that it does tend to be a little more playful at the end of the turn. “Easy turn initiation with a smooth finish of each turn.” Benny’s one of those guys whose park and pipe days are probably behind him, so he’s seeing the Menace 90 as a pure and “great all-mountain ski.” He ends with a slight caveat, noting that “this is a one ski does it all (unless you are racing).” Sounds like a winner!
Also on that 180 cm test length, Mike Aidala loved the quickness, maneuverability, and forgiveness of the Menace 90. These are a bit narrower than the twin-tips Mike usually skis, but it’s nice to get skiers out of their comfort zone from time to time. His low score was a 2 out of 5 for torsional stiffness and edge hold, but that’s bound to happen with a cap construction ski with no metal in it, so we’ll take that criticism with a grain of salt. Mike notes that “the Menace 90 skis provide the same forgiving, soft-snow performance as its bigger brother Menace 98.” While not a powder-specific ski, it’s important to note that the Menace 90 does have that soft-snow capability. In noting another difference, Mike concludes with stating that the 90 is very similar to the 98, but “essentially quicker edge to edge.”
All good things coming out of the Menace line this year, and for all-mountain skiers looking for fun, quickness, and versatility, it’s hard to go wrong with the Menace 90. They have the maneuverability and the nimbleness to get you wherever you want to go on the mountain.