The 2022 Dynastar Elite 7 is a fantastic choice for aggressive lady carvers who are looking to leave some deep, clean, and round trenches in the corduroy. Advanced, experts, and former racers will love the edge grip, torsional stiffness, and overall power of these skis, as they’re a lot like a real race ski, just a bit toned down. Still built with a poplar wood core, two sheets of metal, and Dynastar’s extensive use of polyurethane (PU) material, these skis are smooth, stable, and energetic, accounting for all of your carving needs. Feel free to drive this ski, as it has a slightly longer turn radius and wider waist than its Elite 9 counterpart. With a 72-mm waist, these skis have grip for days, allowing you to attack the hill with aggressiveness and confidence at the same time. In the 162 cm length, these skis produce a paltry 13-meter turn radius, so they’re quick turners to be sure. If you have any type of slalom heritage, you’ll love the precision and response of these skis.
Rocker / Camber
Groomers, All Mountain
Alli Ruschp was on the 155, and while she did note that it was a good length for more of a slalom ski, it did feel on the short side if you were to open it up a bit. The radius goes down to about 12.5-meters in the 155, so it’s certainly bordering on that race shape more so than a GS style of a turn. Some pretty impressive scores from Alli on these skis, with 5’s out of 5 given for quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, forgiveness, and overall impression. These are some consistently high scores, with 4’s supplementing those 5’s for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge grip. We’ll let the 2 out of 5 for flotation slide a bit, as these skis aren’t really meant for the deep or softer snow. Like her scores indicate, Alli was “Super impressed with this soft slalom ski that holds a great edge. Quick edge to edge, super responsive and was surprised how smooth. Forgiving, yet can handle an aggressive skier.” Sounds like these skis have a good balance and mix of strength and agility that a lot of skiers in the front-side world really tend to gravitate towards.
Another skier with race experience, Kristi Brown found quite a bit to like about the Elite 7 as well. Also on the 155, this taller tester did find that the ski could be overpowered due to the combination of shorter turn radius and slightly more forgiving flex. My guess is that she’d be a lot better matched in either the 162 or the 170 in order to get the stability it sounds like she was expecting and looking for. However, that did not stop Kristi from awarding top marks of 5’s out of 5 for quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness to the Elite 7. She also scored it a 4 for torsional stiffness and edge grip, solidifying the belief that these skis can really handle being pushed on edge. In her typical lyric fashion, Kristi states that the Elite 7 is “The slalom ski when you retire from the beer league. If you are a slalom, short turn radius fanatic and wish to work less and benefit the same results, the Elite 7 is the key. However, the ski, at this length, is easy to over power. Great for a woman who knows how to turns and lets the ski do the work.”
If you’re looking to link wonderfully carved arcs from top to bottom, the Dynastar Elite 7 is the way to go. With a narrow waist and short turn radius, these skis have the power and precision to make some very clean turns. Thanks to the slalom pedigree, advanced and expert skiers, as well as former racers, will love the grip and energy of the skis, and thanks to Dynastar’s strong and innovative construction techniques, these skis will remain stable and secure even in the face of adversity.