Expert Review: 2023 Dynastar M-Pro 90 Skis [with Video]

Ski Experts Daryl Morrison, Thomas Harari, and Rob G. tested the 2023 Dynastar M-Pro 90 skis on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.

A man holding the 2023 Dynastar M-Pro 90 skis.

Curated Experts Daryl Morrison, Rob G., and Thomas Harari got their hands on the 2023 Dynastar M-Pro 90 skis and put them to the test at Powder Mountain in Utah this spring. Check out how they performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories. But don’t forget, every skier is unique; if you have any questions about the M-Pro 90 or would like recommendations on what skis would be ideal for your needs, reach out to a Ski Expert here on Curated.

Before we jump in, a quick note that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands, all of these reviews are completely unbiased.

Brand Claims

What does Dynastar claim about these skis? [Daryl] So the brand claims that these are a great directional option for more advanced to expert skiers who are looking for something that can do reasonably well all over the mountain, and more so in places with lower snowfall. However, because the tips are fairly wide and rockered, they claim that these do well in fresh snow as well. Plus, Dynastar produces two different models of this ski. They're the exact same core construction. One is titled the M-Pro and one is titled the M-Free. So despite them being the same core construction, this M-Pro version is meant for people who just want a directional ski; and the M-Free is a full twin ski. So that is meant to be more of their free ride option.

[Rob] Dynastar claims that the M-Pro 90 is an all-mountain ski that’s good for everything from piece to powder and that is agile, precise, light, and still powerful.

[Thomas] Dynastar claims that these are an all-mountain, 90-millimeter-underfoot ski with a medium turn radius that's just going to be good for pretty much anything you throw at it—leaning a little bit more towards the firm snow and ice than the powder side of things.

Overall Impressions

What's your overall impression of these skis? [Daryl] I skied them in a 170, and I typically ski things 175 and above. So, I wish that I had sized up for these. But my first impressions of these skis were that they carved fine, but that they were unstable at the high speed that I was skiing them at. And again, that's probably mainly due to the fact that I was skiing a shorter length than I typically do. When I slowed down and did shorter-radius turns, they were very happy to do that. I think these would be a really great option for skiers who want to get better at carving and have a ski that's capable all over the mountain in places with lower snowfall, particularly the East Coast and the Midwest.

[Rob] It's an agile and light ski, and I think for a skier with a centered stance, it can make powerful carving turns. The tips on the ski felt fairly soft, which were great for turn initiation but when I really tried to drive through my boots to the front of the ski, I felt it was a little easy for me to overload the ski. Now I'm 215 pounds and 6’2”, so a lighter skier might not have that experience on this ski. But when I moved away from a strong forward stance to a slightly more centered stance and I turned more with lateral tipping than driving through the ski, I found the ski responded beautifully and made really nice, smooth carve turns.

[Thomas] My first impression of these is that they're super fun. A lot of these 90-millimeter-underfoot skis have a pretty short turning radius, where these are a little bit longer. This is a ski that you can definitely open it up a little bit more. You can go pretty straight and fast, but it's still really locked in on the firm snow and ice for the groomers.

Carving

How does it turn? [Thomas] These are fun to turn. They're going to make a little bit wider turns than a lot of similar skis, but that's also what makes them fun.

How is its edge hold? [Daryl] As far as edge hold is concerned, these held their edge just fine while I was in the turn, but they chattered quite a lot for me in the tips.

How is its stability in turns? [Daryl]I felt a little bit unstable turn-to-turn and like I needed to ski them slower than I would typically ski. If you're someone who skis super, super fast, you're definitely going to want to size up on these and get something with a more or a longer effective edge, rather.

[Thomas] These have Titanal metal in them, so they're super stable in the turns.

How is it in terms of speed? [Daryl] I would say that they accelerated fairly well. I don't feel that they have a ton of energy in them. They feel very damp to me edge-to-edge. So, rather than me putting energy from my legs into the ski, and that being shot back out and putting me into my next turn, I felt that the energy that I was putting into the ski from flexing my boot was being absorbed into the ski to some degree. So there wasn't a ton of energy, and there wasn't a ton of pop from turn to turn. They wanted to go straight and less across the hill.

[Thomas] It’s definitely a ski you can open up and go pretty fast with. At speed they are very locked in. They're not the narrowest ski, and they're not the most carving-oriented ski. If you are skiing in a place where there's not a ton of new snow, or you're skiing a lot of variable conditions, primarily firmer ice and packed snow, these are going to be really stable for you at all speeds.

Is it easy to control at speed? [Daryl] They are a little bit sketchy at high speeds. I think if I had gone up and if I had taken out the 186s, it would've been better; but the tips are really sloppy and that was a little sketchy for me.

[Thomas] These are pretty stiff skis, and they like having the tips driven, so they're easy to control if you're a strong skier. If your form is not perfect, or you find yourself in the back seat a lot, these are going to be tricky to ski.

Is there any chatter? [Daryl] At speed, these were chattery for me. But I think that was partially due to the length that I skied them in.

[Rob] The ski is fairly light and agile, but when I was skiing over refrozen terrain, I definitely felt a little bit of chatter because it has such a relatively early rise in the tip. Those tips are going to wobble a little bit if you're going over uneven, rough terrain. But even though I felt some chatter, I still felt the ski was able to perform well in those conditions.

Freestyle

How playful is the ski? How is its pop? [Rob] For a directional ski, it's fairly playful. So if you wanted to ski that had a mix of strong firm snow performance with some poppiness, this would not be a bad choice.

[Thomas] These are not playful skis. These are a lock-it-in and point-it kind of ski. They're going to turn really well, but they are not playful. They don't have a whole lot of rocker outside of the tip and they're not going to be a great park ski or anything like that.

How is it riding switch? [Rob] A true race ski is kind of dangerous to try and flip. It's kind of dangerous to try and do spin tricks on true race skis, because the tail has so much bite to it that you have to land perfectly or you're going to eat it. On an all-mountain ski like this, there's a little bit of an upturn tail in the tip. If I were going to ski switch 50% of the time, that would not be enough; but for occasionally turning around and skiing backwards, it's a fine choice.

How is the ski on jumps and how is its stability on landings? [Rob] This is not a park ski. They're a little heavier than you would want for a ski with which you're going to be doing a lot of jumps. But for a directional ski, it's pretty playful.

Freeride

How would it be in powder? [Daryl] As far as powder is concerned, the reason I would not opt for this on a powder day is because of the narrow waist width. I think that these skis, given the larger tips and the considerable rocker for how narrow they are, would do well in snow up to 10–12 inches. But with the snowfalls here in Utah – oftentimes a foot and a half – this ski would start to struggle in that much snow and the skier would feel as though they were very cumbersome. So at that point, I would opt for a wider gait.

[Rob] It skis well in softer snow. Again, at 90 underfoot, I wouldn't say it's a deep powder ski, but it’s definitely adequate if you want one ski for a range of conditions. Especially if you're an East Coast or Midwest skier who makes some trips out West during the year, this would be a solid choice.

[Thomas] These have a good amount of rocker for what they are. So at 90 millimeters underfoot, they really are going to float pretty well in powder. They're definitely not powder skis, but for those days where you get two, three, four inches of new snow, they're going to ski pretty well.

How is it riding in the trees? How is its maneuverability? [Rob] If your definition of freeride is hopping on and off groomers, going through bumps, and skiing in the trees, this ski will be great.

[Thomas] They don't have a lot of rocker in the tail, so it's a pretty traditional tail. They want to carve rather than pivot. So they're very maneuverable, but they do take a stronger skier and they're not going to want to be as pivoty as some other skis out there.

To sum up, what terrain is this ski ideal for? [Darly] If I were a skier that was trying to get more comfortable on my skis all over the mountain, these would be a solid option to consider because they are fairly versatile and because they do well everywhere. They're a great option for someone that can afford one set of skis to kind of do a little bit of everything.

[Rob] I think if you spend a fair amount of your time on Eastern groomers, but also want to explore off-piste, this would be a great ski.

[Thomas] These are ideal for someone who’s skiing somewhere that doesn't get a whole lot of new snow, but wants to ski the entire mountain.

What terrain is it not ideal for? [Rob] I would not ski this ski through slalom or GS gates, and I wouldn't ski this in three feet of fresh pow.

[Thomas] These are not great for the park nor deep powder days.

Any location in the world that it might be good for? [Rob] This would be a great ski for someone who mixes their skiing between East Coast and West Coast skiing and wants a playful ski that will perform well at moderate speeds—and even high speeds—but maybe doesn't want to ski at mach-looney speeds.

[Thomas] This is a ski that if I was traveling to the Northeast, and wanted to be prepared for anything, I would take this ski.

Recommendations

Who would you recommend this ski to? [Daryl] I would suggest this ski to someone who is trying to get a lot more confident in smaller snow storms here in Utah or bigger storms back East while also having a ski that's really capable on groomers and can hold an edge fairly well. I would also recommend the ski to people who like short-radius turns, specifically. So if you like to straight line it and make longer-radius turns, I would opt for something a little bit stronger with a little bit less rocker in the tip. It’s also great for someone who is not the most aggressive skier but wants something that's going to be an easy-going carver that they can still ski in a little bit of fresh and kick around on spring conditions.

[Thomas] This ski is for the strong or aggressive skier who’s looking to ski the entire mountain in a place where there's not a whole lot of snowfall, primarily firm snow and ice or packed snow, as well as someone that doesn't want to hit the park.

Who should avoid this ski? [Rob] At 215 pounds, I was overpowering these skis a little bit in the tips. I think someone who's a little more slender and in the 170 to 180 range at my height would be less likely to overpower these skis, especially if they were not a former racer. Plus, when I was trying to ski through the front of my boot, this ski was not super cooperative. When I got to a more centered stance and a more modern lateral turning move, the ski performed much better. That makes me think that former ski racers who are used to really aggressively driving through the boots might not like this ski.

[Thomas] You should not get this ski if you're a first-time skier, you're just getting out of rentals, you're looking to ski park, or you're not a very confident skier.

Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you want help finding the right skis for you, reach out to Daryl, Rob, Thomas, or any other Ski Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best setup for you.

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