Ski: 2020-2021 M-Pro 99, 186 cm
Available Lengths: 162, 170, 178, 186 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 184.6 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2000 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2042 & 2062 grams
Stated Dimensions: 127-99-117 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 126.7-97.4-116.3 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (186 cm): 22 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 68 mm / 19 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 2.5 mm
Core: poplar/PU + partial titanal layer + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -12.2 cm from center; 80.1 cm from tail
In addition to their new, freeride-oriented M-Free line, Dynastar is launching an accompanying line of skis, the M-Pro line.
The M-Pro series serves as the more directional counterpart to the twin-tipped M-Free line, and follows a very long and storied history of Dynastar’s directional all-mountain and big-mountain skis.
Many years ago, the Dynastar Legend skis had tons of fans (and still do) due to their excellent stability at speed. Dynastar maintained a version of those Legend skis, dubbed the Pro Rider, then the Legend Pro Rider, and now the M-Pro 105. Yep, the Pro Rider is back for 20/21, just with a new name and top sheet. But the Pro Rider’s availability was very limited over the past few years, and Dynastar’s “Legend X” series took over. The Legend X skis were very different — way more tapered, much lighter, and didn’t really bear many similarities to the old Legend skis. For 20/21, Dynastar is ditching the Legend X skis in exchange for their new M-Pro line.
And Dynastar isn’t just re-making their old skis. Apart from the M-Pro 105, the rest of the M-Pro lineup is brand-new and includes men’s and women’s versions of the M-Pro 84, M-Pro 90, and the ski we’re reviewing, the M-Pro 99.
So, how similar is the new M-Pro 99 to the old, burly Dynastar skis, the recent, lightweight Legend X skis, and the rest of the market?
Just like the M-Free skis, the M-Pro 99 features an interesting construction. While it has a poplar wood core in the middle, a substantial portion of its core is made of polyurethane (PU). We’ve seen an increasing number of skis with PU sidewalls, claiming that it makes for a more damp ride, but few where this much of their core is comprised of PU.
Unlike the M-Free skis, the M-Pro 99 adds a partial layer of titanal to its poplar / PU core. The titanal layer in the M-Pro 99 is somewhat reminiscent of those used in the Blizzard Rustler and K2 Mindbender series. The metal layer in the M-Pro 99 extends edge-to-edge around the bindings, but tapers as you move to the ends of the ski. Unlike the Rustlers, the M-Pro 99’s metal sheet is asymmetrical — the M-Pro 99’s titanal layer tapers to a sharp point in front of the bindings, but stays much wider behind the bindings. While several companies are now tweaking how they use metal in their skis to maximize the upsides of metal while minimizing the downsides, it’s interesting that Dynastar’s approach is essentially the opposite of K2’s.
K2’s Mindbender skis feature a very tapered section of metal behind the bindings, with the goal of making the tails easier to release. Dynastar does the opposite, with a wider sheet of metal behind the bindings and a narrow strip in front. We’re curious to see how this plays out on snow, especially when it comes to how forgiving and loose the M-Pro 99’s tail feels, and how precise its shovels feel.
Shape / Rocker Profile
When it comes to shape and rocker profile, the M-Pro 99 looks more similar to the Pro Rider than it does to the Legend X96. The M-Pro 99 is not nearly as tapered as the Legend X96, especially in the tail. The M-Pro 99 does have a more tapered shovel and tip than many of the directional skis in its class like the Volkl Mantra 102, Nordica Enforcer 100, and Blizzard Bonafide, but the M-Pro 99’s shape is not as extreme as the Legend X96.
The M-Pro 99’s rocker profile is fairly average these days. It has a moderately deep tip rocker line that splays out pretty abruptly (i.e., starts rising dramatically starting right at the contact point). The M-Pro 99’s tip rocker looks very similar to the Nordica Enforcer 100.
The Legend X96 had a fairly shallow and quite flat tail rocker line, while the M-Pro 99 has a similarly shallow tail rocker line, but its tail “kicks up” a bit more at the end. As with the tip, the M-Pro 99’s tail rocker line looks very similar to the Enforcer 100’s.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the M-Pro 99:
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
This is one area where the M-Pro 99 isn’t that similar to either the Pro Rider / M-Pro 105 or the Legend X96.
The Legend X96 was just super stiff throughout the entire ski. On the other hand, the Pro Rider’s flex pattern is pretty moderate, with fairly soft shovels and a back-half that wasn’t extremely stiff (especially for how stable that ski is).
The M-Pro 99 feels fairly similar to the Pro Rider in the tips and shovels, though the M-Pro 99’s shovels don’t stiffen up quite as quickly. Conversely, the M-Pro 99 is stiffer behind the bindings vs. the Pro Rider. The M-Pro 99 is softer just about everywhere when you compare it to the Legend X96.
The flex pattern of the M-Pro 99 is fairly similar to the 20/21 Nordica Enforcer 100, with the Enforcer 100 having slightly stiffer shovels and a slightly softer section behind the bindings. Overall, the M-Pro 99 is a ski with pretty accessible tips and shovels that are contrasted by a significantly stiffer area around and behind the bindings.
This is one thing that’s stayed pretty consistent over the years across most of Dynastar’s directional skis. Like the Legend X96 and Pro Rider, the M-Pro 99 has a very rearward mount point of around -12 cm from true center. While we’ve seen many companies push the mount points forward on their directional skis, Dynastar is not hopping aboard that train with the M-Pro 99.
The Legend X96 was a pretty light ski, the Pro Rider / M-Pro 105 is an extremely heavy ski, and the M-Pro 99 falls somewhere in the middle.
The M-Pro 99 is significantly lighter than some of the more traditionally constructed skis in its class such as the Enforcer 100, Mantra 102, and Bonafide. But the M-Pro 99 is also a bit heavier than some of the lightweight, playful skis like the Atomic Bent Chetler 100, Liberty Origin 96, and Moment Commander 98.
So, while Dynastar hasn’t made their new M-Pro skis monster trucks like the Pro Rider, they have moved slightly further away from the lightweight trend.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1629 & 1684 Elan Ripstick 96, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–20/21)
1894 & 1980 Black Crows Daemon, 183.6 cm (17/18–19/20)
1896 & 1919 Dynastar Legend X96, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19–20/21)
1928 & 1933 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (19/20)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
1937 & 1945 Fischer Ranger 94 FR, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
1976 & 2028 Parlor Cardinal Pro, 182 cm (19/20–20/21)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–20/21)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2042 & 2062 Dynastar M-Pro 99, 186 cm (20/21)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19–20/21)
2050 & 2080 ON3P Wrenegade 96, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2078 & 2138 Black Crows Justis, 183 cm (20/21)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (16/17–19/20)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2324 & 2359 Kastle MX99, 184 cm (18/19-19/20)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2326 & 2336 Nordica Enforcer 100, 186 cm (20/21)
2603 & 2604 Dynastar M-Pro 105, 192 cm (16/17–20/21)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) Given its very rearward mount point of -12 cm from center, should the M-Pro 99 only be considered by very directional skiers with good technique, or could less aggressive skiers get along with it?
(2) On that note, what happens when you move the bindings forward of the M-Pro 99’s recommended line?
(3) The M-Pro 99 is not super heavy nor super light, but it does use an interesting construction. So how damp and stable will it feel vs. heavier and lighter options?
(4) While their weights and constructions are drastically different, the rest of the M-Pro 99’s design looks fairly similar to the Pro Rider / M-Pro 105, so how similar will they feel? Is the M-Pro 99 a lighter, easier Pro Rider?
Bottom Line (For Now)
The Dynastar M-Pro 99 looks like a blend of Dynastar’s classic and more modern all-mountain skis. The result is a more moderate design, which fairly subtle rocker and taper and a middle-of-the-road weight. But the M-Pro 99 also features a unique construction, so we’re eager to spend more time on it comparing it to its competitors. Blister Members can check out our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review linked below, then stay tuned for our full review.
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