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Dynafit Mezzalama Race Ski


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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
convert to ounces
725g [153]
805g [162]
Weight (pair) 1450g [153]
1610g [162]
Dimensions 93-64-78 [153]
94-64-79 [162]
Turn Radius 22m [153]
24m [162]
Skin Fix Tip notch
Specs Verified Yes
Profile Full camber with moderate tip rocker
Shape Single radius race shape with long running length
Construction Mini sidewall
Core 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

Question from Kerry
Is it a price point race ski, or is it really a better downhill performer compared to the DNA? When someone skis this, a comparison with both the DNA and the Ski Trab Aera Gara World Cup would be appreciated.
Answer from Jeff
Kerry, that is a good question, that requires a delicate answer. From the words of Dynafit, they both have a Paulownia core, with the DNA using the ' the best 10% of the wood'. The DNA uses 'extra light' carbon, I suppose a higher modulus fiber, than in the Mezzalama. All that adds up to about 80 gram heavier ski. So yes it is a better price point and those physical differences may make the down a bit better in some conditions.
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Model: Mezzalama MPN: 48489

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