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Dynastar M-Tour 99 F-Team Open Review

All-around, solid skis for all kinds of soft and poor-snow backcountry skiing
dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review
Dynastar M-Tour 99 F-Team Open
Credit: Dynastar
Price:  $950 List
Manufacturer:   Dynastar
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 1, 2022
68
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#4 of 15
  • Weight - 25% 6.0
  • Firm Snow - 20% 7.0
  • Powder - 20% 7.0
  • Crud and Poor Snow - 20% 8.0
  • Stability at Speed - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Dynastar M-Tour 99 F Team is a great all-around, all-purpose ski for self-propelled adventuring in mountains and snow of all kinds. Its performance is well-balanced and can be pressed into literally every backcountry or ski mountaineering situation we can envision. If we could improve anything, it would be the firm snow performance; it just comes up a bit short on the hardest snow in serious situations.
REASONS TO BUY
Optimized weight and performance
REASONS TO AVOID
Slightly poor firm snow performance
Editor's Note: We tested the 2021-22 version of the M-Tour 99 in the latter portion of the 21-22 ski and ski expedition season in North America. For 22-23, the topsheet graphic and branding has changed. As best we can tell, the performance of the new version will be the same as the "F Team" model available now.

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Pros Optimized weight and performanceStable, damp, versatile, floaty, balancedAll-around performance, damp, inexpensive, available, sweet-spot weightFast float, incredible weight (for the size), acceptable poor snow performanceWicked light, serviceable firm snow performance
Cons Slightly poor firm snow performanceModerately heavy, not optimal firm snow performanceSoft and dampAbysmal, scary firm snow performance, specialized applicationMust ski slow and very deliberately in most conditions
Bottom Line All-around, solid skis for all kinds of soft and poor-snow backcountry skiingThis is our favorite ski for modern, all-around backcountry skiing, bringing traditional reliability, modern dimensions, and performance balanceInexpensive, proven all-around performance that's suitable for a wide variety of backcountry skiers and ski conditionsAmong the most specialized skis in our test, it's optimized for the deepest of days in the deepest of regionsSpecialized light touring skis for fast uphilling and careful downhilling
Rating Categories Dynastar M-Tour 99... Blizzard Zero G 105 K2 Wayback 106 Voile HyperDrifter Movement Race Pro 77
Weight (25%)
6.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
10.0
Firm Snow (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
1
7.0
Powder (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
1
Crud and Poor Snow (20%)
8.0
8.5
7.0
6.0
1
Stability at Speed (15%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
3.0
Specs Dynastar M-Tour 99... Blizzard Zero G 105 K2 Wayback 106 Voile HyperDrifter Movement Race Pro 77
Weight Per Pair 6.0 lbs 6.7 lbs 6.9 lbs 7.0 lbs 3.8 lbs
Weight Per Ski 1360g, 1371g
average: 1366g
1515g, 1510g
average: 1513g
1518g, 1557g
average: 1537g
1545g, 1585g
average: 1565g
856g, 866g
average 861g
Weight Per Pair 2731g 3025g 3075g 3130g 1722g
Weight Per Surface Area Ratio, g/cm^2 0.68 0.72 0.71 0.64 0.54
Measured Length 177cm 178cm 179cm 177cm 167cm
Manufacturer Length 178cm 180cm 179cm 178cm 168cm
Available Lengths (cm) 162, 170, 178, 186 164, 172, 180, 188 172, 179, 186 171, 178, 186 152, 160, 168, 174
Claimed Dimensions (mm) 127/99/117 133/105/118 136/106/124 155/121/138 115/77/96
Measured Dimensions (mm) 127/98/116 133/104/118 135/107/123 154/121/138 114/76/94
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Cap Hybrid Cap Sandwich
Core Material Paulownia Paulownia Paulownia Paulownia Paulownia
Waist Width 98mm 105mm 107mm 121mm 77mm
Radius 20m 23m 22m 19m 19m
Rocker/Camber Tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot Tip and tail rocker Tip rocker, slight camber underfoot Tip rocker, camber underfoot Tip rocker, camber underfoot

Our Analysis and Test Results

Dynastar's M-Tour 99 F Team is the latest iteration in a line of this French company's all-around, all-conditions ski touring stick. We greatly enjoyed its neutral performance across a wide range of conditions. It inspired such confidence that our lead test and accomplished expedition ski guide Jed Porter chose to use it on a standard-setting guided expedition on Denali during our test period. Much of what we report is based on his experience on that significant and serious trip.

Performance Comparison



dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - lead test editor jed porter around 12,000 feet on denali. the...
Lead Test Editor Jed Porter around 12,000 feet on Denali. The Dynastar M-Tour handled the choppy, "sastrugi" snow with predictable (if slow) turns.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Weight


The Dynastar M-Tour 99, as tested in size 178cm, weighs 1366 grams per ski. That's 2731 grams or 6 lbs for the pair. This "weight point" is what we have long concluded is the sweet spot for all-around, self-propelled backcountry skiing. Many of our favorite skis in the past 10 years have weighed between 1200 and 1400 grams.

You can go heavier and get slightly better downhill ski performance, but efficiency suffers on the way uphill. Any lighter than 1200-1300 grams, and the downhill ski performance suffers with every lost gram. It is no coincidence that our favorite tested skis are in this weight range. The Dynastar strikes a great balance. You could go lighter, but it wouldn't be worth it for most skiers.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - the m-tour 99's dimensions hit the sweet spot for varied...
The M-Tour 99's dimensions hit the sweet spot for varied, all-around, human-powered skiing. You might want different dimensions at the resort, but all the criteria balance differently in the wild.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Firm Snow


Our team found the Dynastar M-Tour 99 F Team to be "good enough" in hard, icy snow. In friendlier firm snow (corn conditions, for one), they are a dream. Where the snow got truly icy (like we found, for instance, high on Denali in historically dry and firm conditions), we clearly survived on the M Tour 99 but also found ourselves wishing for greater edge hold. It is hard to attribute edge hold to any particular design or materials attribute, but we got enough mileage to be confident in our conclusion. Other available products in this weight class will grab better on icy snow. Our test experience included descending directly from the Denali summit on the hardest of wind-blown snow and, lower down, skiing a few inches of snow over blue ice.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - expedition skiing is both the same and very different from your...
Expedition skiing is both the same and very different from your typical day trip outing. Skiing is skiing, and skiing is awesome. However, expedition skiing is at least a little more serious and a lot more varied than typical days out.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Powder


We skied a little bit of really deep snow and tons of shallower, fast-n-fresh stuff with the Dynastar M-Tour 99 F Team. In all our experiences with powder snow, the Dynastar 99 served us well. The light construction and relatively narrow profile (narrow, that is, for soft snow) doesn't blast powder like bigger products will, but the light form factor allows for greater energy savings on the way up for good to great performance on the way down in powder.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - the dynastar m-tour 99 shreds fresh snow very well. we especially...
The Dynastar M-Tour 99 shreds fresh snow very well. We especially like that it does so without weighing you down on the way uphill.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Crud/Poor Snow


The poor snow performance of this Dynastar M- Tour is especially good for the weight. The centered, dampened flex profile seems to help with predictable edging and flotation in breakable crust and sloppy "mashed potatoes". More mass would help even further, but at the expense of efficiency. Poor snow performance, more than any other attribute of a backcountry ski, is a balancing act. One of the greatest determinants of poor snow performance, in our experience, is weight. More weight works better in poor snow. If we were to graph our anecdotal experience with poor snow performance against ski weight, that line would start to plateau around 1200 grams.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - the low weight of the dynastar m-tour 99 is greatly appreciated...
The low weight of the Dynastar M-Tour 99 is greatly appreciated under extensive workloads.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Stability at Speed


Rail 'em as you like, within reason. The familiar Dynastar dampening factor (other tested skis from this company have skied relatively damp — that is, not especially springy) comes to the M-Tour 99 and grants continuity to any particular high-speed skiing. With this ski, the speed limit will likely (or, more accurately, should) come from the consequences of crashing in the backcountry more than ski comfort at that speed. Other skis might inspire even more confidence, but nothing about that ski or confidence changes the fact that crashing at 40mph in the wilderness is a bad idea.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - the best ski day of our denali expedition was the first day we skied...
The best ski day of our Denali expedition was the first day we skied from 17,000 down to 14,000 feet. We did so via the spectacularly steep and exposed "Sunshine Face" route and found thin fresh snow over blue ice. You can see the blue tint in the lower right of this photo.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Should You Buy the Dynastar M-Tour 99 F Team?


Yes, we recommend this ski. The breadth of potential applications of this product is significant. Most will have one pair of skis for human-powered skiing, and these Dynastars (or any of our Editors' Choice or Best Buy winners) are perfectly suited for this "quiver of one" approach. Even if you can justify more than one pair of backcountry skis, the Dynastar M-Tour fits in your quiver. This is the ski you choose for the Haute Route, for an Alaskan expedition, for a month in Chile, or that fantastical "work from home" season in Chamonix.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - the tested dynastar m-tour 99 at 17,000 feet on denali.
The tested Dynastar M-Tour 99 at 17,000 feet on Denali.
Credit: Jediah Porter

What Other Backcountry Skis Should You Consider?


In this same sub-category of backcountry skis, your choices are great. If the all-around high performance of the Dynastar M-Tour 99 is appealing, you will also do well with the Black Crows Camox, Blizzard Zero G 105, K2 Wayback 106, Fischer Hannibal 96, or DPS Pagoda Tour 100. This list could go on and on. All around backcountry skis right now are very, very good, almost entirely across the board. You get to shop by brand loyalty, price, availability, and color.

dynastar m-tour 99 f-team open backcountry skis review - the shape and materials of skis matter, but what really matters is...
The shape and materials of skis matter, but what really matters is how they feel. Further, ski design is so complex that attributing performance attributes to any specific design matters is more guesswork than it is informed.
Credit: Jediah Porter

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