The Dynastar Legend X96 has some very similar qualities to the retired Cham, and that shows in our rating table. It is a ski that has plenty of power and the capability to deliver fun turns, no matter the conditions. Although it just barely cracked the top 6, it is a great ski and should not be overlooked. The Legend X comes in several different waist sizes (75, 80, 84, 88, 96, 106), but we decided to test the 96, which is 132mm in the tip, 96mm at the waist, and 112mm in the tail. Dynastar claims that its new "Powerdrive Free" construction delivers dynamic power and edge hold, and our testers confirmed exactly that.
Dynastar Legend X96 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Stable, powerful, consistent
Cons: Tip chatter, slow edge to edge
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Our Analysis and Test Results
While our testers were a little disappointed that Dynastar decided to discontinue their Cham line, we waited all summer in anticipation of the replacement, the Dynastar Legend X96, and they delivered.
Stability at Speed
When skiing Mach 5 down our favorite early morning groomer, the Legend X96 reminded our testers of the ORIGINAL Cham. Dynastar brought back the metal in a titanal layer that adds an element of power at any speed that was missing in the Cham 2.0.
While not as stable as the Volkl M5 Mantra or the K2 Pinnacle 88 TI, our testers were still confident in pushing the Legend X to high speeds in almost any condition. The tip chatter we saw from past years' Dynastar Cham is gone, and the Legend X feels much more consistent throughout the ski. Who doesn't like a little metal in their life?
The Legend X prefer short, fast carving turns over long, arcing ones. The 18m turn radius is relatively small, which is comparable to the Rossignol Experience 88 TI's 17m. Not that the Legend X can't lay down longer turns and hold an edge throughout, but they are more fun when using the sidecut to your advantage and making quick turns.
The Legend X 96 is slightly more reliable in the crud than its predecessor was, and you can thank the return of the metal laminate (again) for that. Because of its shape and construction, it reminded our testers of the Blizzard Rustler 10 when the conditions deteriorated.
The large tip absorbs the initial impact, and even though the Paulownia wood core is lightweight, the unique core construction makes the ski feel damp when plowing through cruddy conditions. In a similar style to the Moment PB&J, the Legend X resists tip deflection and stays true in all but the worst of the worst snow conditions.
The Legend Xperformed just as our testers expected in the powder — excellent. The tip rocker and the large shovel upfront provide enough float to keep the rest of the ski from bottoming out, even on a smaller pow day. While the shape looks similar to the Rossignol Soul 7 HD, the Legend X lacks the width underfoot to match the Soul 7 effortless surfing feel.
The Legend X96 performs like a skinnier Rustler, in that they both have a nimble and playful feel in the powder. The Legend X is a great ski for your average (4-8 inches) resort pow day and will have you feeling like a legend by the end of it.
This is probably the Legend Xs worst performing category, but it still earned a very respectable score. The ski has a bit of pop coming off of jumps, and it feels very light in the air like the Icelantic Pioneer 96 does. It feels a bit stiff and unforgiving in the landings like the Soul 7, but that shouldn't stop you from sending it off your favorite rock drop.
Don't let the moderate score in this category fool you — the Legend X 96 are quick and nimble when mashing your way down the moguls. Though the flex is a bit stiff to be a perfect mogul ski, the Legend X is fully capable of handling any bump line, no matter how steep or big.
The rocker up front helps the Legend X ski a little bit shorter in the bumps, just like the Soul 7. This ski is fun in the bumps, despite its stiff overall nature.
The Legend X 96 is best suited for nearly any condition you can imagine. Dynastar has continued their tradition of making a great all-around ski that is easily accessible to most skier abilities.
The Legend X is right in the middle of the pack concerning price. At $699 retail, it is a fair price for a great ski. When the end of season sales come around, these are a true value.
The Legend X96 is a ski that performs well in every category, but never really stands out among the other skis. We tested so many great all-mountain skis this year that a great ski was bound to find itself in the middle of the pack. The Legend X is a great replacement for the Cham 2.0, and it even won back some testers who preferred the original Cham line. This is a fantastic ski that you could trust anywhere on the mountain at any time.
— Andrew Pierce