2021 Dynastar Menace 98

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lengths: 169, 175, 181, 187 cm
radius: 20 m at 169 cm
sidecut: 132/98/120 mm at 169 cm
price: $ 499.99

The 2021 Dynastar Menace 98 returns unchanged for this year, and our testers could not be more stoked. There's so much to like about these wider twin tips, and we're fans of all of it. Built quite simply, with a wood core and fiberglass, the skis also layer it in their springblade method, making the skis more energetic and stable. Shaped straighter than most, the 181 generates a 23-meter turn radius allowing this ski to have endless versatility in terms of how the turns are managed. It all adds up to a fun, easy to ski product that spans a lot of generations and disciplines. Feel free to use it as a park-specific ski, or never go off a jump, the skis don't care. They just love to be used in a variety of terrain and conditions, and we love them for that.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Poplar Wood Core
All Mountain, Park, Groomers

Bob St.Pierre is a huge fan of the Menace in the 187. His high scores of 5 out of 5 were for flotation, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. "Full disclosure, I owned a bunch of the Dynastar Slicers over the years, and the Menace is just a continuation of that ski. I'm not sure how they do it, but they make these 98 mm underfoot twin tips ski so incredibly well. Even for a ski without metal, they're incredibly stable and energetic. I love the flotation of the ski, as these were my main skis for years here at Stowe, regardless of how many feet we got. The tail is playful-not too stiff, so you do have to have a modicum of balance on it, but overall, the flex is very consistent, so it's easy to predict what's going to happen. Balance is really the key word here when describing these skis. There are so many skiers out there on much stiffer skis than they need, especially in this waist width range, and all they need to do is try out the Menace and they'll be hooked. I remember hearing our sales rep say that these are your 'local ski reps favorite skis,' and I think that says a lot about the full range of applications of this great ski." Sounds very fun and very utilitarian!

Jeff Neagle skied the 181, and these things should really have his name all over them. He scored the ski 5's out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, and overall impression. These scores are backed up by his commentary. "You think I'm going to ski a 98 mm twin tip and not have a good time? You're crazy. The Menace 98 is right up my alley. Super playful and really versatile. Can hold an edge when I feel like skiing fast on a groomer, but also feels surfy and maneuverable in soft snow and un-groomed terrain. It has a really smooth feel overall, superb vibration damping for a ski that doesn't use metal. That's something Dynastar has always been good at achieving in their twin tips, they all have a smooth feel like the ski has suspension. Of course, a big reason why I like skis like this is I can ski switch, I can take them into the park, they're balanced for rails and spins and stuff like that. I can do little nose butters and tail butters while skiing the whole mountain, pop to switch whenever I want, and just ski the way I want to ski. That said, you don't need to be a freestyle guy to enjoy these. There are a lot of directional skiers at our local hill that ski Dynastar twin tips (mostly the old Slicer), and I can picture all those skiers really enjoying the Menace 98 as well. Continues the trend of Dynastar twin tips. Remember Candide's skis? I do." Fondly, it would seem!

There's a lot of fun to be had on the 2021 Dynastar Menace 98. From the wild graphics to the rocker profile, the Menace loves to be used in a fun and creative way. For skiers who spend a fair amount of time both in the park and the mountain terrain, the Menace 98 is a fantastic choice that is often overlooked. I'd ski these any day, all day, every day.