The Pierra Menta race is the Tour de France of skimo. The Dynastar Pierra Menta is one of the most decorated skis at the namesake race. A combination of lightness and impressive skiing often rocketed it to the top of the mountain and podium. The P.M. race ski is unusual in that has a full sidewall. That means edge hold and durability are top-notch. An ultralight wood core wrapped in carbon to make a light-n-stiff ski. The ski has a ton of camber underfoot so it has a lot of energy exiting turns and it propels your feet upward off the skin track (noting it can make skinning a touch more slippery). The tip features a standard race-notch and the flat tail offers back-seat support. Like most race skis, the turning radius is on the longer side which is good for race-style skiing that often features straight-lining, side-slipping, and emergency stops. The Dynastar Pierra Menta is a favorite race ski amongst top racers for good reason.
- Carbon wrap around a Microcell foam core means high-performance and low-grams.
- Full sidewall construction help protect the core and edges from rock damage.
- Tip notch accepts pretty much all race skins you come across.
- Sintered bases means a fast glide on the way down.
- Available in both men’s and women’s lengths.
Update 2018/19: Dynastar updated the graphics, tweaked the shape of the tip notch, and updated the core resulting in a 25g per ski weight reduction.
Update 2021/22: There are some new graphics and modest construction tweaks to the same great ski.
|Lengths (cm)||150, 160|
|Weight (pair)||1280g 
||Lots of camber, light rocker|
||Round tip, long radius, flat tail|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Tip-to-tail sidewall means great edging|
|Bottom Line||Championship-level race ski|
|Compare to other Race Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Any insights between this ski, the gara (ski trab) and the race pro 66 on the down and upill?
Thanks a lot
I will start with the up. From a purely weight standpoint, the Pierra Menta is the lightest of the bunch. However, the significant camber underfoot may require additional diligence when the skin track gets icy. Outside of minor details, for the most part, these skis will all be quite adept in a kick turn, and have all the usual mainstays of a race ski.
The downhill experience is the major differentiating factor. The Pierra Mentas are a total blast on the way down. Heavy camber and a full sidewall mean these skis can hold an edge in just about anything. Also, the stiff tail and longer turn radius will have you going faster than you really should be going on a ski that is 150-160cm long. Finally, a little rocker in the tip will keep you upright in softer snow.
The Ski Trab Gara World Cup is also an excellent ski. Relying on Ski Trab’s 14 layer construction, these skis are built to stand the test of time. They will be similarly stiff like the Pierra Menta, and are built for getting from point A to point B as fast as possible. Packed with intentional design features, the Gara World Cup is a top of the line race ski.
Compared with the prior skis, the Movement Race Pro 66 is quicker to turn and easier to initiate. These skis are great if you seek a slightly more forgiving race ski. However, they will still hold an edge well in firm snow, and are on the lighter end for a race ski.
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They ski well, not noticeably better than other race skis I've been on. Perhaps slightly more damp do to the full length side walls.
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