Not all skimo races are sub-2-hour, anaerobic affairs. Some are more like all-day slogs that, for all but the top randonneurs, resemble long high-elevation tours more than anything. The Trofeo Mezzalama is the last of the three Grand Course races, following four days in France for the Pierra Menta and a very long night-and-then-day in Switzerland for the Patrouille des Glacier, and with over 4,000 meters of climbing and descending in a single day, the Mezzalama may just be the toughest of the three. Fortunately, the discriminating racer-designers at Dynafit have optimized their Mezzalama race offering specifically for sufferfests in Europe and North America. Borrowing its dimensions and shaping from the podium-topping DNA 3.0, the Mezzalama also focuses on making those 4,000 meters of descending more fun, with a damp wood-core design that uses paulownia to add compliance for railing through refrozen chunder. The change in core construction relative to the DNA makes it a touch heavier while also increasing the ski's friendliness and durability alike. Look out, Grand Traversers, Teton peak enchainers, downhill-shredder skimo racers -- your ski has arrived.
- Sibling to Dynafit's top-of-the-line DNA 3.0, the Mezzalama is easier to ski at an affordable price point.
- Sidewall-cap construction brings touring-ski stiffness and durability to the race-ski market.
- Paulownia Speed Core provides energetic kick-and-glide on the up and excellent damping on the down.
- 23cm of tip rocker [162cm] means excellent flotation when "powder day" and "race day" intersect.
|Lengths (cm)||153, 162|
|Weight (pair)||1450g 
||Full camber with moderate tip rocker|
||Single radius race shape with long running length|
||Paulownia-wood Speed Core w/ fiberglass wrap|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Citizen-series racing, going fast in the mountains|
|Notes||Damper, downhill-oriented version of the DNA 3.0|
|Bottom Line||Race-ski speed for all-speed skiers|
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Questions & Reviews
If you are looking for better downhill performance and the racing aspect is less of a focus the Blacklight 74 would be a great choice for fitness, volcano skiing and the occasional race as well! It will be more stable than a pure race ski and still come in at a low weight. Hope this helps!
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