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Dynastar Mythic 97 Pro Ski

Brand: Dynastar
Model: Mythic 97
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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
-> ounces
1385g [171]
1425g [177]
1490g [184]
Weight (pair) 2770g [171]
2850g [177]
2980g [184]
Dimensions 133-97-113
Turn Radius 14m [171]
15m [177]
17m [184]
Skin Fix Round tip, flat tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile Rockered tip & tail, camber underfoot
Shape Big round tip, sharp sidecut, tapered tail
Construction Full sidewall
Core Paulownia wood
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
Question from mbillie1
Not related to this ski, but it's the only Dynastar I see. I am curious about the Dynastar Vertical and Vertical Pro, did you not like them, thus their omission from the site? Or did they sell out, or something else? An item being deliberately not-selected for skimo.co would certainly mean something to me.
Answer from jbo
Hi mbillie1, the Vertical Eagle was a high-performance, but pretty demanding ski for most. It also broke a few too many times.
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by Mav (used product a few times)
Purchased these in 177cm as my first lightweight touring/mountaineering ski to use in the Wasatch back. Coming from a beef setup, these feel soooo light—in a good way. Paired with the Ski Trab Titan Vario Adjustable binding and Arc'teryx Procline Carbon boots. After some resort days, a 8+ hours of fitness laps, and one standard backcountry adventure day, here are my thoughts:

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.
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Question from David Malka
Hi, How would you compare this to the Fischer Hannibal? As far as stifness, float, dampness

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.
Answer from Jeff M
David, Need a bit more versatility. The Hannibal is a nice all around ski. Handles powder, cut up and OK on firm snow. It has just a little tip rise and fairly even flex. The Mythic has a good bit of rocker and a softer tip. But we just mounted up a pair and they even ski groomed resort runs well. If you are looking for more of a powder ski, the Mythic is the choice. Both are versatile skis and either would be an excellent choice.
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Question from Deb
How does this ski compare to the women’s Cham 97. I have the Cham 97 - the tourquoise one.

Thanks for any insight
Answer from Matt P
The Mythic 97 has the same shape and rocker as the Cham 97 but with only lighter construction. The Cham is more of an alpine ski, where as, the Mythic has a lighter core for a more focused backcountry use. Hope this helps.
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Question from Rune
Hi Skimo. I’m hesitating between the mythic 97 and the Salomon mtn 95 as a single pair of skis for all my skiing - 90% backcountry, steeps in spring. I’m coming from the old mythic light (89mm, no rocker) and ski the tlt5 boot. Which would you recommend?
Answer from Nate
Hi Rune, you really can't go wrong. They are similar in weight, construction, and profile. The MTN Explore 95 has a longer sidecut and less pronounced tip rocker, which you may find comfortable coming from the Mythic Light. The Mythic 97 has a shorter turning radius and a more pronounced tip rocker which will allow shorter turns and perhaps a bit easier skiing in super deep/breakable crust situations. I'd recommend choosing the ski that you believe sounds better based on those characteristics.
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