For 2019, the Dynastar Legend W 88 is the go-to model for advanced and expert lady skiers who are looking for an awesomely constructed all-mountain ski that has the capabilities and versatility to be a one-ski quiver. If you’re looking for one specific model to crush groomers, float through fresh snow, and dance through bumps and trees, the Legend W 88 should be at the top of the list. Featuring two sheets of titanal surrounding a paulownia wood core, the Legend W 88 is a stiff product, but thanks to the 5-point sidecut, has a shorter and easier turning radius than some of its similarly shaped competitors like the Volkl Kenja or Rossignol Experience W 88. The tip and tail rocker ensure proper flotation and turn initiation, and our testers certainly picked up on the fact that they are really well suited for all-mountain performance.
Elissa DeGolyer skied the 166 cm length and had a very favorable overall impression. She also gave high marks for flotation and stability, letting us know that it is, in fact, a true all-mountain ski. Her lower score for forgiveness speaks to the stiffness that the dual metal laminate provides. “This is a ski that I would picture the everyday all-mountain skier in” she says, painting a portrait of the general audience of the product. The width, shape, and rocker profile all lend themselves towards that supremely versatile nature and character of the skis.
Also skiing the 166, Josi Kytle loved the quickness, maneuverability, and playfulness of the skis. She did note that the length was a bit short for her, but that did not diminish her overall impression of the Legend W 88. She loved the good-natured character of the skis: “This ski will make anyone have fun!” Awesome, Josi! We love having fun while skiing! She continues: “And it’s fun for advanced skiers. Easy and perfect after a long day on the hill.”
Katie Perlmutter ripped a few runs on the 166 and gave top marks for playfulness and forgiveness. She found that it was better suited for on-trail performance, and loved the quickness and maneuverable nature of the Legend W 88. “Good groomer ski. Doesn’t need to go fast. It’s playful and forgiving.” This type of feedback is important, because when we hear that a skis is playful and forgiving while containing two sheets of metal, that speaks to the broad appeal of the product. It’s not pigeon-holed like strictly front-sided skis.
Emily Crofton says that the 166 cm is “best suited for the average skier looking for a ski that is stable, holds an edge and good at medium to high speed on groomers.” Emily has described a huge percentage of skiers, and has touched on the fact that the W 88 is a versatile and useful ski for the groomed terrain. She would “recommend this ski to a capable woman looking for an all-around ski to get around the mountain and make carving, comfortable turns.”
Skiing the shorter 159 cm length, Ariel Aidala noted that with the wider width than the W 84, the W 88 “felt more forgiving. This ski is a good intermediate ski that lets you ski most terrain.” She also speaks to the simple nature of the ski and comments that it has “no bells and whistles. This ski has no frills, but gets the job done.”
For many of our testers, the Dynastar Legend W 88 borders on the all-mountain/frontside boundary. When our testers used the skis on-trail, they found a stable partner that was predictable and smooth. Off-trail, the skis performed admirably, containing both forgiving and playful notes all at the same time.