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The Dynastar Intense 12 is a high-end piste performance machine for expert women skiers who like to stay firmly on piste - but was the experience dull or intense for our team of testers in Austria last winter?
Level
Expert
Terrain
Piste
Best for
Expert skier staying on-piste, who likes an aggressive performance.
Price
£510
Season
2017/18
lengths
149,158,166,174
Bindings?
Yes
Playfulness
8
Energy
9
Value
8
Edge hold
10
Stability
7
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
High end performance, strong edge hold and aggressive
Not much, perhaps the looks but we don't care too much about that

Dynastar has a long-standing heritage of producing high quality skis for both the piste and powder with some absolute classics in their historic line up - think, Course and Cham. So anything that comes though has a lot to live up to. The Intense was launched during the 16-17 season and is kept in the Dynastar collection for 17-18, and for good reason.

Exciting and thrilling are the two words that immediately come to mind with the Intense 12. Easy to turn, they're a joy to play on whether you're performing short or long radius turns on groomers. The edge hold is strong and solid, gripping into hardpack snow like an ice axe on a frozen waterfall. They love higher speeds too, there just doesn't feel like there's any limits to these skis.

They're the kind of ski that nurtures confidence, yes they are aimed at expert women skiers, but if you're the kind of rider that wants to improve the technical side of your skiing on piste and you're starting to get into carving, then they will look after you on that journey.

Don't judge a book by its cover - yes the topsheet is fine but didn't inspire us much, but that doesn't matter, it's what's inside that counts and they hold all their intensity within.

Was in the higher side of the price range but you get a lot of ski for the price.