Available Lengths: 171, 177, 184 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 182.8 cm
Stated Weight per Ski (177 cm): 1450 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (184 cm): 1512 & 1523 grams
Stated Dimensions: 133-97-113 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 133.5-96.5-111 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 17 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 85.5 mm / 10 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4.5 mm
Core: Paulownia + Carbon Fiber Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.1 cm from center; 80.3 cm from tail
Test Locations: Arapahoe Basin & Colorado Backcountry
Days Skied: 11
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 17/18 Mythic 97, which was not changed for 18/19, apart from graphics.]
Dynastar calls the Mythic 97 a “high-performance free-touring ski for committed backcountry skiers.”
It seems like more and more ski manufacturer are putting forward their version of a “high-performance free-touring ski,” but the actual on-snow performance of such skis can vary quite a bit.
So where, exactly, does the Mythic 97 fall in this growing category?
Shape & Rocker Profile
The shape of the Mythic 97, inherited from the outgoing Cham series, is pretty dramatic — despite Dynastar calling the rocker profile “moderate.” The Mythic 97 features a large amount of tip splay (2.0 – 2.5 cm more than we typically see on a ski of this width), a fairly deep rocker line, a significant amount of traditional camber underfoot, a very subtle amount of tail rocker, and heavily tapered tips and tails.
Compared to similar skis in this width (e.g., the Black Crows Camox Freebird, Salomon Mtn Explore 95, Blizzard Zero G 95), the Mythic 97 has a lot of tip rocker and splay, and it’s heavily rockered tips represent a significant contrast to the ski’s very subtly rockered tails. This is an interesting combination, and is the reason for a few of my questions further down.
For many skiers, Dynastar might be best known for making some rather iconic heavy and stout skis (e.g., the Legend Pro Rider series.) But the Mythic 97 certainly swings the other way.
Of course, this isn’t Dynastar’s first touring ski — the Mythic 97 shares a very similar shape with the now-discontinued Cham High Mountain 97, though, at a little over 1500 grams, the Mythic 97 is significantly lighter than the Cham High Mountain 97 (stated weight of 1800 g).
So yes, Dynastar is right to highlight the “ultra-lightweight construction” of the Mythic 97, and to note that the Mythic 97 was built for “long ascents.”
Compared to the rest of the “free-touring” ski market, the Mythic 97 is on the lower end of the weight spectrum. Here’s how the Mythic 97 compares weight-wise to a few other notable skis in this category:
185 cm Blizzard Zero G 95: 1353 & 1376 g
184 cm Dynastar Mythic 97: 1512 & 1523 grams
184 cm Salomon Mtn Explore 95: 1507 & 1595 g
184 cm G3 FINDr 102: 1560 g per ski (stated weight)
178 cm Black Crows Camox Freebird: 1661 & 1664 g
186 cm Line Sick Day Tourist 102: 1720 & 1747 g
But while it’s light, the Mythic 97 isn’t some super lightweight noodle — its flex pattern is quite stout…
Handflexing the ski, I’d sum up the flex pattern like this:
Front Half of Shovel: 7
Back half of Shovel / Front of Toe Piece: 8-9
Behind the Heel Piece: 9
The primary thing to note is that the shovels of the Mythic 97 are much softer than the rest of the ski. The flex through the tail is quite stout, and really only eases up in the last ~10 cm of the ski.
The flex from the tip through the shovel moves through a large range of stiffness. While some skis are only significantly softer at the very tip, the Mythic 97 get progressively softer from the middle of the ski through the entire shovel.
The Mythic 97’s shape raises a few questions:
- The ski’s large amount of tip rocker / splay means that it should float well, but when paired with the softer flex in the shovel, we’re curious to see how the tip / shovels will perform when transitioning in and out of different depths and densities of powder?
- The subtle tail rocker, stiffness, and traditional camber underfoot seem to point to a ski that will have a strong preference for carving rather than slarving and sliding / feathering turns. So we’ll be interested to see how that plays on snow?
- How will the heavily tapered tips and tails affect the Mythic 97’s performance in chopped-up snow? And when carving on firm snow?
And when it comes to the weight of the Mythic 97:
- How well does the stiffer flex pattern work with its relatively low weight?
- Dynastar claims that the Mythic 97 is a “high-performance free-touring ski,” but how does its stability compare to other touring skis, particularly those with a bit more mass?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Dynastar Mythic 97 is a lightweight, sub-100mm-wide ski with a ton of tip splay, seemingly making it a very interesting option for those who want to tour on a narrower ski even in deeper snow. But how then will this ski perform in firmer conditions? We’ve already started getting some initial time on the ski, so stay tuned for our Flash Review and full review.
NEXT: On-Snow Update