In testing over ten pairs of backcountry skis through two North American ski seasons, the OutdoorGearLab team has gotten a solid handle on the market and what the community needs. If we had to put down, on paper, the specifications of our ideal ski, we might very well describe the Dynastar Mythic. Wider would be too heavy. Lighter would be too wobbly at speed. The shape Dynastar uses is modern, strong, and fun. Some will want lighter skis for going further, while many will want beefier sticks to better enjoy the down. But the center of the touring bell curve will be into something like the Mythic. Only our Editors' Choice products (this year the Volkl V-Werks BMT 90 and last year's Fischer Hannibal) scored better overall while hitting all the same major specification marks. Interestingly, a new addition for 2017, the Scott Super Guide 95 has nearly the same specs as the Mythic, and scores exactly the same overall. Is there some consolidation in ski design? Might we be getting close to an ideal size of ski for all-around backcountry skiing?
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