2023 Dynastar E-Pro 99 Review
This easy-going ride will follow you wherever you go, as long as it’s on edge
This article was first published by SkiMag.com.
The Scores (out of 10)
- Overall Score: 6.52/10
- Rank: #10
- Versatility: 6.49
- Crud Performance: 6.43
- Flotation: 6
- Playfulness: 7
- Responsiveness: 7.43
- Quickness: 7.71
- Hard-Snow Integrity: 6.71
- Stability at Speed: 6.57
- Forgiveness: 7.14
- Price: $900
- Lengths: 154, 162, 170, 178
- Dimensions: 126-98-116
- Radius: 18m (170cm)
- Weight: 1,800 g (170cm)
- Level: Intermediate to Expert
In a Nutshell
- Pros: Responsiveness (#7), Forgiveness (#2)
- Cons: Flotation (#13), Crud Performance (#10)
Don’t let this ski’s rank fool you: for the right lady, the Dynastar E-Pro 99 is just the ticket for all-mountain pursuits. With no major changes from last season’s iteration, the E-Pro has a progressive twin rocker shape, sandwich construction, and a hybrid core that mixes poplar and PU. The result is an intuitive, maneuverable ski that wants to go fast and be pushed on edge.
Testers found that the E-Pro 99 is a ski that will gladly deliver fun and poppy turns for the skier who loves to be on edge. It thrives in softer conditions, though it can hold its own on harder snow, and loves to make shorter slalom turns on piste or off. All but one tester labeled the Dynastar E-Pro 99 as energetic, and everyone agreed it’s an excellent option for a wide range of skiers (except maybe the true beginner) because of how natural and easy it feels to turn.
“This is a fantastic all mountain ski for most women in the West, and would transition nicely to a powder ski for someone in the East,” said tester Courtney Harkins, a former ski racer who knows snow conditions across the country intimately. “It’s forgiving and easy to ski for most skiers. I could make it slide turns easily and it would hook up nicely at the bottom of turns. Feels like a good one-ski-quiver option.”
Another key word that testers kept coming back to was “forgiveness.” If you unexpectedly found yourself in a mogul field on a low light afternoon at the end of a long groomer (which we often did on tired legs at the end of a long week testing skis), the E-Pro 99 is the ski you’d want to be on.
A few testers said that it was important to get the ski on edge, because it tended to wash out on turns otherwise. Because of this, one tester said this ski is best suited for the “ex-racer or aspiring racers who see themselves occasionally venturing off trail. The ski likes input, so it’ll take a more accomplished skier to get the most out of it.”
At the end of the day, we’d recommend this ski for an intermediate to advanced gal who has a lot of energy and wants to go fast in all sorts of conditions (and especially in the bumps). East coast skiers should give the E-Pro 99 serious consideration as a powder ski. Rocky Mountain/West Coast skiers who love to make slalom turns might also enjoy this ski as a one-ski-quiver option.
Kelly Klein is an associate gear editor specializing in skis and bikes. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.