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 is 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. 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.
C-ply wrap around a Dynacell 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.
Available in both men’s and women’s lengths.
** Please note the remaining 2015/16 skis have a dual tip-notch system which is compatible with typical race bungees, but you may need to tie them longer. The skis also weigh about an ounce more than the current model and have a generous amount of rocker.
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.
To add to my previous review. I broke the tip on some moderate moguls during a training run. I wasn't pushing especially hard, and I'm lightweight 140lbs, and average height 5'9". I bought them brand new, and skied them maybe 5 times. I've never broken a race ski before, and I was surprised by how easily these snapped. Will this be covered under warranty?
I have the 2017/18 version, which from the pictures seems to be the same construction as the newest. This version is lighter than the specs shown here. My 160cm are 640g, that means paired with PG u77 bindings, Skis+Bindings+Screws come in under spec at 736g :)
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.
How is the downhill performance with this ski in typical race type snow conditions and terrain? Any comparisons to the Minum would be great. Any history regarding durability and quality of the construction? Thanks.
Hey Tom! The downhill performance of this ski is wicked! They're very fast and energetic but also definitely require you to stay on top of it, the stiff tails will get away from you if you get thrown in the back seat. If you can stay forward though, these things are rockets. There's a substantial amount of camber in them and once it flattens out it produces a ton of tip rocker as opposed to the Minim which has a long running edge and a relatively low amount of camber. The Minim is smooth edge to edge, powerful, and stiff. Excellent complementary skis for each other. For flat out racing, I think the Pierra Menta takes the cake because of the standard 65mm width, but the Minim seems like it's very much at home in steep terrain.
Sorry I didn't answer your question fully. No comments yet on durability with the sidewalls, edges, bases or topsheets or anything, though they feel solid. Time will tell. The Minim seems incredibly stout and we haven't seen a lot of (maybe any?) structural issues with it.
Thanks for the insight. It sounds like the PM floats through powder and cut up snow pretty well then with the rocker? From your experience are the PM and Minim's pretty comparable in terms of stability through chopped up snow conditions? Last question, how does the uphill skinning compare?
Hi Tom, please note there was a good amount of rocker in the 2015/16 edition (also the one Trace is skiing), but that has largely disappeared in the newer version. The choppy snow is probably a touch easier with the rocker for most folks, and the running length will be a longer with the later edition. There seems to be a little more pop when skinning vs other race skis because of the camber, and the balance is largely determined by where you mount them.