The 2022 Dynastar e.4x4.3 is a sweet ski that loves to be on edge in a variety of conditions and terrain. Thanks to Dynastar’s use of their hybrid sapelli core, the skis have an uncommon amount of stability and energy. The sapelli wood runs the central chord of the ski, while the sides consist of a polyurethane (PU) material that is a lot like the plastic found in a 120-flex alpine ski boot. They’ve taken this material, that they’ve used more sparingly in the past, and really extended it and put it to good use in these skis. Since it’s also found in the Dynastar freeride skis, it’s already got a good base to work on, and it also lends the pliability and damping qualities to the more front-side oriented 4x4.3. In the 158, this ski generates a 15-meter turn radius, so all types and shapes of turns can be expected. At 78 mm underfoot, it’s fair to say these are on the narrower side of the all-mountain spectrum, leaking sneakily into the front-side realm, and we hope to see some good versatility scores from our testers as a result.
Rocker / Camber
Groomers, All Mountain
Caroline Kessler is a couple of notches above this ski for sure, but she called her 164 a "super-fun carving ski. Smooth, fast turns, quick edge to edge, can absolutely rip." Her high scores of 5 were given for quickness, maneuverability, forgiveness, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. This is pretty impressive for a 78 with no metal. She continues by stating that the 4x4.3 "would be great for anyone looking for a fun ski for groomers and mild off-piste skiing. I had a very good time on these skis-very much underestimated their capability. Highly recommend." It's great to hear that such a good skier can find so much to like about a "supposedly" mid-range ski. Fellow sister shredder Kristi Brown was on the 158, and while it was too short for her, she did note that it skis a bit longer than the size indicates. Her scorecard was pretty high as well, with all 4's and 5's except for flotation, which doesn't really apply to this ski. "Wow! New contender in the rink! I cannot believe this Dynastar. The hybrid construction gets the intense part right for sure!" A lot of skiers are surprised (pleasantly) by the action and reaction of these skis, and these testers are right on in their assessment that these skis are great for a variety of skier levels, allowing them to access the top-end performance, all while having fun in an approachable ski.
The only tester to really put a damper on the love fest was Nifer Hoehn, who skied the 164. Even though some high scores were found for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold, a powerful skier like Nifer did have some legitimate criticisms, especially for a skier of her level. "These skis initiate nicely but the tail of the ski wasn't as quick as I'd like it to be-a little lackluster. Nice hold throughout the center of the turn and they feel solid." So, not a ringing endorsement, but not a hit job either. That mid-range of ski will definitely rub some people the wrong way, and that’s okay, skiers just need to temper their expectations, especially if they’re on the upper-echelon of skiers in the world.
We’ve seen a lot of good stuff coming from Dynastar lately, and aside from the totally strange name of these skis, the performance and versatility is all there. Whether you’re an emerging intermediate looking to progress or a higher-level skier just looking to have some fun and make some quick and agile turns, the Dynastar e.4x4.3 skis are an excellent choice.