Ski test : Dynafit Mezzalama

Our test

Size tested : 162 cm

The Dynafit Mezzalama fits perfectly to its listed program: pure and hard racing! It has almost zero skiability but it offers incredible climbing performance. It is clearly and only made for skiers who line up for the Pierra Menta or the Mezzalama.

First impressions: the Dynafit Mezzalama skids very easily, it oversteers mightily, there isn’t a great deal of weight up front. As soon as you put pressure on the tip, you go over the top of it. There’s no doubt, it’s designed for climbing and the downhill you must ski with your weight slightly back or it won’t work. Under these conditions, you manage to find a little downforce in the tail and grip. But this Dynafit Mezzalama is driven with finesse. If you push down at high speed, it warps so much that you lose your grip. To go down gullies at full speed skidding, this is the ski to use, in chop, it also works, in deep and in crust covered snow, forget about them, this Dynafit Mezzalama won’t cut it.

The Dynafit Mezzalama waves around a little, it grips underfoot and a little at the rear, but it doesn’t have any fluid curve: you just have a load of curve segments added together. It’s tiring, you arrive at the bottom of the descent completely worn out: you have to keep holding it onto the snow and finely managing all the downforce. Racing, it isn’t easy to steer it because as you get tired, you lose concentration. You constantly need to keep an eye that it doesn’t cross over. This is not unique to the Dynafit Mezzalama, it’s very common with this type of ultra-light racing ski.

Heavy downforce on the tail will massively deform the Dynafit Mezzalama. There’s no doubt, it’s for experts. The average ski tourer should give it a wide berth, he should have nothing to do with this 100% racing ski.

Technical specifications

SIDECUTS : 94-64-79 / 162 cm WEIGHT (of a ski without binding) : 820 g / 162 cm RADIUS : 24 m / 162 cm ROCKER (front) : YES ROCKER (back) : NO CAMBER : classic  AVAILABLE SIZES : 153 cm – 162 cm PRICE : 650 €

  • Overall stability 60% 60%
  • Sequencing 60% 60%
  • Floatability 35% 35%
  • Sequencing on bumpy terrain 60% 60%
  • Difficult snow 50% 50%
  • Climbing ease 100% 100%
  • PISTE Pivoting and curve initiation ease 90% 90%
  • PISTE Carving 10% 10%
  • PISTE Skidding turns 90% 90%

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The logistics and access to the snow were facilitated by the support of Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans and Espace Montagne Grenoble. Thanks to them !