Size tested : 184 cm
The Dynafit Beast 98 doesn’t have a very lifted tip, when you find yourself in deep or crusted snow you are quickly taken by surprise. You mustn’t lean forward, and be sure with your balance.
In wide turns at high speed, if you put pressure in the middle of the boot or at the rear, the Dynafit Beast 98 works really well. You can go fast but stay vigilant because the ski is electric, as soon as you hit a small bump the skis have a tendency to cross over. They don’t stay in line, they move from side to side a bit. The Dynafit Beast 98 is interesting, but there are other skis more performant than these.
The Dynafit Beast 98 pivots quite easily, we were expecting a dominant ski, hard, but it isn’t the case. The Dynafit isn’t as fluid as the Blizzard Zero G we tested (the 88, the 98 and the 105). this Dynafit Beast 98 needs vigilance because it has its own mind and in mounds of snow, where you get shaken around, the vibrations are absorbed by your legs.
Skidding turns are easily obtained, but here too the Blizzards are much better. The Dynafit enters skidding, and you can even carve, you just need good balance and mustn’t lean too far forward. In these conditions, it follows its radius turn. You can even reduce the radius easily. You lose at least three meters of the radius, more than that it blocks and oversteers.
We weren’t fully convinced by the Dynafit Beast ‘s grip. You must put pressure on the ski, otherwise there isn’t much hold. The glide is good (without being exceptional) especially on old snow.
We liked its weight (1610g in size 184 cm) relatively mastered for its size and edge length but especially for spreading its mass weight. It has very little weight in the tip despite its width. When carried it feels quite heavy, but skiing with it you don’t notice the weight.
It has good perceived quality, nicer than some Dynafit skis. You can see the wood on this Dynafit Beast 98, and a beautiful metal insert at the tail. The top sheet holds fast except at the rear by the metal insert, which marks easily from bangs from the edges.
In this range, although the Dynafit Beast 98 is decent, other skis are much more performant. The Dynafit Beast 98 works hard, but its tip lift would benefit from being more assertive and its construction sends vibrations up through your legs. It’s not for expert and heavy-built skiers, it does handle quite easily even if you need to be well balanced. For the best grip you need to be in an upright stance. But if you ski in a totally upright position, you quickly find your limits as the speed increases. With ankle, knee, and hip angulation flexion, it behaves well.
SIDECUTS : 126-98-117 / 184 cm WEIGHT (of a ski without binding) : 1610 g / 184 cm RADIUS : 21 m / 184 cm. ROCKER (front) : Yes ROCKER (back) : Yes CAMBER : classic AVAILABLE SIZES : 170 cm – 177 cm – 184 cm PRICE : 650 €
- Overall stability 70% 70%
- Sequencing 65% 65%
- Floatability 75% 75%
- Sequencing on bumpy terrain 65% 65%
- Difficult snow 65% 65%
- Climbing ease 65% 65%
- PISTE Pivoting and curve initiation ease 80% 80%
- PISTE Carving 65% 65%
- PISTE Skidding turns 65% 65%