The Mythic 97 is like getting two skis in one! Essentially a hybrid of an alpine carver and a backcountry floater, it has a special feel. Turning on edge feels very solid on hard snow as if it’s running on rails. Get into soft or mixed snow and the generous tip with ample rocker will keep you going fast. It’s nimble through trees due to the short radius yet doesn’t have a problem opening up into bigger turns in open bowls. Best of all it features a lightweight, full-sidewall construction that will keep you slaying the trees and open bowls all day long. A high-performance lightweight ski? Some say that’s a myth. We say it’s a Mythic 97.
- 5-point sidecut allows you to control the turn shape with a large sweet spot.
- Carbon-ply construction offers stability at speed without excess beef.
- Full-sidewall offers durability from impact and impressive edge hold.
- Tip and tail rocker makes it easy to initiate and release from turns.
- Paulownia wood core is the current standard in lightweight fun.
- Reinforced binding area gives confidence to open ‘er up.
Update 2018/19: Just a new topsheet. The Mythic was already ahead of its time.
Update 2019/20: Dynastar added the word "pro" to the name, but no credentials are required to ski it.
|Lengths (cm)||171, 177, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2770g 
|Turn Radius||14m 
|Skin Fix||Round tip, flat tail|
|Profile||Rockered tip & tail, camber underfoot|
|Shape||Big round tip, sharp sidecut, tapered tail|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Crushing in all conditions from pristine to previously unskiable|
|Notes||Large sweetspot makes it enjoyable|
|Bottom Line||Easy turning backcountry bruiser that floats far better than its waist width suggests|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I just received some 177 Mythics from you guys. Thanks, they look great. Should be a good lightweight pow ski.
A question on mount point:
There is a prominent line that traverses the width of the ski and then 2 smaller lines behind this that do not traverse the width of the ski they look to be 1 and 2 cm back of the larger line. Is the larger of the 3 lines the recommended mount point (the one that traverses the width of the ski)? I presume so but wanted to confirm.
Quick & dirty: Stiffer ski that can float and carve without weighing you down on the up. Highly recommend for a one-ski backcountry quiver without breaking the bank. The shop did a fantastic job getting me into such a great match with these skis.
What I dig: Skimo Co.'s description pretty much nails it. These pups carved like a boss on resort groomers, had great edge hold on steeper icier stuff, and have an uncanny ability to float for their waist width because of the tip construction and shape. I also skied the new Dynastar Legend x106 189cm this year with alpine bindings, and loved that ski, too. It felt in many ways like a bigger Mythic, so it's understandable why I liked it—stiff mid-rear flex, great carving hold, still able to smear as needed, and super fun floaty playfulness up front. The Mythic does not strike me as good a ski for beginners, though. My alpine daily driver is a Volkl Mantra M5 184cm (19-20), so I like stiffer fall-line skis. My boots are a good match for the Mythic, particularly in the shorter length for me (weight savings motivated). Even being stiff, though, the ski seemed to track great when in "auto-pilot mode" on a long traverse or flat trail section.
What I didn't expect: This one isn't a deal breaker, but more of a required adaptation for those who haven't skied such light skis before. Because the skis are so light, they don't weigh themselves down—in chopped powder, for instance. So, when the downhill ski is weighted, the uphill ski can potentially plane up and get squirrelly. To counteract this, one simply needs to apply a bit more pressure to the uphill ski (i.e. ski a bit more two-footed) than may otherwise be habit. The lightness is also noticeable at absolute max speed, in that the ski isn't as damp as a 2200gram ski (duh), but certainly doesn't feel unsafe. It just takes a bit more attentiveness when going supersonic.
Other thoughts: I modified my skin tips to use the Colltex Ace Tip attachments w/ hammer rivets, and they work really well with this ski, even though it has a very round tip. They stay put in transit, but remain very easy to remove for tip-first skin rips.
I haven't had the chance to try the Hannibal but I could demo a pair. Currently I have zero g 85s and I'm in the north East skiing firmer snow in the Mount Washington, NH area. I'm looking to pick up something that does a little better when there is actually softer snow but could handle variable/firm conditions as well. The zero g's feel stiff and a bit tinny - I'd like something to be a bit more damp and compliant as well as provide more float.
Thanks for any insight
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