The Legend X 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 5, it is a great ski and should not be overlooked.
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
What could replace the legendary Dynastar Chams from years past? How about the Legend X?! 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 X 96, and they delivered.
The Legend X comes in several different waist sizes (75, 80, 84, 88, 96, 106), but we decided to test the width closest to our Top Pick Dynastar Chams from last year. The Dynastar Legend X 96 has a slightly different sidecut with 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.
Stability at Speed
When skiing Mach 5 down our favorite early morning groomer, the Dynastar Legend X 96 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 Mantra or the Black Crows Daemon, the Legend X, our testers were still confident in pushing these skis to high speeds in almost any condition. The tip chatter we saw from last years Dynastar Cham that we reviewed 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, compared to the Mantra at a whopping 25.4m. 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 combined with 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 7 out of 10! 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 7 out of 10 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, but feels more similar to the DPS Foundation Cassiar 95 because it is lightweight. 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 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. Once the end of season sales come around, these will be a true value.
The Dynastar Legend X 96 is a ski that performs well in every category, but never really stood 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