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French brand Dynastar has launched the new 4x4 963, a versatile all mountain ski that suits advanced to expert skiers looking to spend more time on-piste but want to play away when the conditions allow too.

Dynastar Speed 4x4 963
Level
Advanced
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Advanced and expert skiers that enjoy skiing perfection
Price
£680
lengths
164,171,179,185
Bindings?
Yes
Float
7
Playfulness
9
Value
10
Edge hold
10
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
10
+
The smooth and solid feel, amazing edge grip, well balanced short and long radius turns, surprisingly good off-piste capabilities, price point
Not one for a big powder day really but it's not trying to be that

Dynastar's 4x4 brand was one of the original skis that contributed to the all mountain revolution back in the mid to late 90's. Now it's back and even better than before - this all mountain machine will take advanced and expert skiers to places you never even thought existed.

This powerful ski comes with a hybrid core built with beech wood and polyurethane that has a titanal plate running through for extra strength and stability. Dynastar's 3D profile transfers the power across the ski and a gentle tip rocker improves the turn initiation and helps in more variable terrain.

But whatever is inside this ski - and it doesn't sound revolutionary - clearly produces results that are greater than the sum of its parts. Turn initiation is effortless but then the power kicks in and produces a smooth arc in the turn, with such a solid grip you'd think a Samurai swordsmith had forged the edges.

Normally a ski that performs at such a high level in fast, long radius turns, with a lovely dampness that stops most of the vibration, wouldn't feel so lively and snappy in shorter radius turns. Not so here, they are playful and light, zapping from edge to edge with a nimbleness that belies their dimensions.

At 82mm underfoot they aren't ever going to be rated as a freeride ski, but what's so impressive about them is their ability to suck up chopped up snow, bumpy terrain and light powder with ease - they are a joy to turn in almost every kind of snow condition going (perhaps aside from breakable crust, but that is never a joy).

For advanced to expert skiers looking for a really fun and solid all mountain ski to use mainly on piste, at a fantastic price point, then really don't look any further.

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