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Dynastar Speed Master SL R22 reviews 2020

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PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The Proskilab reviewers came back from the Speed Master SL tests with huge smiles on their faces! It must be said that the ski offers an exceptional accessibility–performance ratio.
This year, the model was equipped with its R22 "race" plate (like its twin from Rossignol).

It only takes a few metres to notice that we are dealing with a ski with a well-tempered "slalom" personality. The Speed Master SL shows all the qualities expected in this category: trigger speed, edge-to-edge transition speed, grip, curve precision, rebound at the end of turns. We are not disappointed, or even surprised, by this diabolically efficient ski, "very good and very solid underfoot", that is brimming with energy.

Efficient, the Speed Master SL R22 remains very accessible, "easy", "healthy" and tolerant for this category, very pleasant to use on a daily basis. It is also a versatile ski for this category that makes it possible to fluidly alternate very dynamic handling with cooler slid paths, on tight and wide curves.

The reviewers nevertheless found that the ski was best skied on the front to allow for a "good closing of the curve".

The Dynastar Speed Master SL R22 and the Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti (with very similar, if not identical behaviour) are not the most effective skis on the market. More than weapons to make fast times, they are very sporty skis with an exceptional accessibility–performance ratio.

The performance/accessibility/versatility mix makes it a fun machine. The ski seems to be subject to the good will of the skier, comfortable in all circumstances, never putting them in difficulty and giving a lot of sensations. The comments of the reviewers are eloquent: "excellent ski", "biggest favourite among the skis tested this year", "such a level of performance that's so accessible, it's amazing!"… Anyway, this ski excited the reviewers.

The Speed Master SL is a very progressive ski.
A "leisure" slalom ski par excellence, it will delight a great number of skiers, from the good skier who wants to progress towards the performance of "tight curves" or competitions, to expert skiers who prefer fun rather than pure performance.

The edge lines of the Dynastar and the behaviour are so close to those of the Rossignol that we wanted to consider them as one and the same ski. The Rossignol seemed a little more accessible to us and the Dynastar a little more solid on its supports and better performing, but the differences are really minor and may be due to the preparation of the skis.

Review: Pros

  • General performance
  • Excellent performance–accessibility ratio
  • Curve handling
  • Grip
  • Excellent versatility for a ski derived from competitions
  • Transition between skid/slide handling
  • Pleasure and sensations guaranteed
  • Ski for technical advancement

Review: Cons

  • None

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
18.8
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.9
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.5
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.3
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0

Who's it for?

Good → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

World Cup rectangular sandwich construction with World Cup R221 Plate/Titanal/vertical sidewalls. Developed by our racing department, the new SPEED MASTER SL is a powerful and lively Slalom ski that redefines the pleasures of the track and stakes. Its structure is directly inspired by the World Cup Slalom skis combined with more modern edge lines than those imposed by the FIS so as to exceed the expectations of the most demanding alpine skiers. The power and precision of a World Cup ski, plus agility!

Features of the Speed Master SL R22

Brand : Dynastar
Model : Speed Master SL R22
Year : 2020
Family : Slalom
Size tested : 168 cm
Tip size : 121 mm
Waist size : 67 mm
Tail size : 105 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 13 m

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in La Clusaz, France, March 2019