The 2020 Dynastar Menace 98 has taken over the Slicer’s role as the wider, all-mountain twin-tip ski that was pretty universally loved. At 98 mm underfoot, we’re getting into a pretty wide ski for a twin-tip, but that doesn’t stop it from being super-fun and versatile. From steeps and trees to bumps and park, these things love to rip around the whole mountain. The tip and tail rocker keep it floaty and fun, and you’ll be able to handle any and all snow conditions and terrain available. Built with a Poplar wood core, an underfoot Titanal reinforcement, and full sidewall construction, these are pretty burly skis for how simple they are. This creates an effective ski with an interesting combination of performance levels. These skis are accessible for both park and pipe skiers as well as all-mountain skiers. This gives the Menace 98 a huge audience, for both coasts, the middle of the country, and worldwide. With a 23-meter radius, the Menace is as comfortable going forwards, backwards, or sideways. The opportunities are endless with a ski like this, and that’s why so many skiers love them. In addition to the general playfulness of the ski, our testers found them to have above-average edge grip and carving ability.
Kelby Furrer skied the 181 and loved the length. His top scores of 4 out of 5 were given for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, edge hold, and overall impression. Sounds like Kelby is on board with the all-mountain nature of the ski. He calls the Menace 98 “a very stable, joyful ski right here. Tremendous pull into and out of the turns for a wood core ski. I was surprised that I had to work a bit on these.” Certainly a fair point, that the skis love to turn, and therefore the pilot has to put in some effort to glean the best performance.
Jascha Herlihy also skied the 181, and she was a huge fan of the Menace 98. Other than a 3 for flotation and a 4 for stability, she gave the ski all 5’s, meaning that there’s a lot of love for the Menace in Jascha’s experience. “This ski has an old soul. It definitely takes an expert to really enjoy the feel of it. It has a dynamic feel in the tip and tail, giving it flexibility and playfulness. The ski is kind of a lead sled if you’re not ready to really bend it.” Good stuff from Jascha here, as she does a good job echoing Kelby’s sentiments that in order to get the best out of it, it does take a skilled pilot. In terms of snow conditions, Jascha notes that “on icy groomers it’s very stable, and on the softer snow, it plays well.”
Bob St.Pierre got a chance to ski the 187 and loved the size. He scored it a 5 out of 5 for playfulness, with the rest of his scores being 4’s. The one lone 3 was given for torsional stiffness and edge hold, but for a 98 mm wood core ski, that’s still pretty good. Bob calls the Menace “a true all-mountain ski with a penchant for fun! Lively yet damp, the Menace 98 should be at the top of a lot of skier’s lists. Not as burly as the Mantra/Bonafide, but a lot more fun!” Good comparison, here, as the basic shape is similar to those other popular models, but the lack of metal and the versatile profile set the Menace apart from those all-mountain blasters.
Whether you’re looking for a wider park and pipe ski or an all-mountain ski with a ton of versatility built right in, the 2020 Dynastar Menace 98 is a surefire winner. These things will take you all over the mountain and beyond.