Dynastar’s investment in its future didn’t manifest itself in many new models for 2019, but in behind-the-scenes improvements in quality control measures that will pay dividends for many seasons to come. The only model to undergo a meaningful makeover was its team rider Powder ski, where the Proto Factory supplanted the Legend Factory. Unless you’re decimating big lines on big mountains, this development won’t rock your world.

For the everyday citizen skier, Legend X and Legend W models are plenty fresh enough, having only been introduced last year. This year, we were lucky enough to get more data on the Legend W series, filling in some blanks in our coverage of a year ago. Dynastar doesn’t differentiate between its unisex and women’s constructions, putting women on exactly the same platform and position as men. Our 2019 results suggest that the smooth-skiing, metal-free design of the Legend might be ideally optimized for the female skier.