Dynastar has done a great job bringing the 4×4 name back into the fold. Around the turn of the century, the 4×4 was the company’s flagship all-mountain ski, and now it’s back. This time, though, the skis have more of a front-side mentality and build. The Pro version of the ski has a sheet of metal and a Hybrid Beech/PU core. By combining the stiffer wood with polyurethane and metal, Dynastar has achieved a stable, stiff, and super-grippy ski that’s best served on groomers, but does have some playfulness built in for off-trail adventures. The 3D profile and the tip rocker make the ski more maneuverable, as they pulled out some material in the tips and tails to lower swing weight while maintaining edge grip. As a result, the Speed Zone 4×4 82 Pro has fantastic energy transmission, a great strength to weight ratio, and an ultra-smooth feel. Our testers loved the burly and stiffer nature of the ski, and especially in the proper terrain. We had some good test conditions for these skis, and it shows in the results.
Ryan Daniel skied a bunch of these front side carvers for us, and on his card, tried to stick to similar lengths between models. As a result, he skied the 179 as his tester, but would probably be better suited to the 185. That didn’t stop him from having a rock-solid and stable ride on the 4×4 82. His scores of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold are indicative of a high-end carver, and he even took the liberty of adding a couple of exclamation points to his stability score. Versatility and overall impression took home 4’s out of 5, and an unsurprising score of 2 for forgiveness popped up as well. As a former racer and one of the most accomplished carvers of our testers, we like to let his skiing and comments do the talking for the ski. Ryan calls it a “full-on short radius GS ski. Wants everything you want to give it and likes it. Does not like slalom turns—it wants to go fast. I tested on wide-open groomers and loved all of it.” In terms of the recommended skier, Ryan notes that these skis are “for the person that likes a stiff GS radius ski and likes to go FAST.”
Marcus Shakun jumped all over the 185, and found that length to be appropriate for him. His top scores were just like Ryan’s with the exception that he gave 4’s instead of 5’s for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. The rest of his scores, other than flotation, all got 3.5’s, and this is a good sign that the 4×4 is a strong overall performer, not just a high-test carver. A lot of what Marcus had to say about the skis had to do with the stiffer nature and the high-performance ceiling. He calls it perfect for “advanced and expert skiers who ski strongly and aggressively. This ski needs a strong skier to appreciate due to the fact that it’s a burly ski.” Thanks to the 3D Profile, Marcus noticed that the 4×4 is “stiffer in the tail with a softer shovel. This creates a smooth entry into the turn and snaps you out of the turn into the next.” Like Ryan, Marcus also commented on the fact that it’s “hard to go from long turns into medium-radius turns. You have to slow down to get it into rhythm.” Great analysis from Marcus, as it seems to accurately echo Ryan’s take as well as to the ski’s desire to stay in one type of turn shape, and in that shape, it’s pretty amazing.
As a front-side carver, the 2020 Dynastar Speed Zone 4×4 82 Pro is a total beast. The softer tip does allow it to venture out and have some fun, but the build, the underbody, and the tail all combine to make a super-strong carver that loves top speeds.