by Alan Dixon | 2005-01-29 03:00:00-07
Dynafit, the company with the lightest set of randonee skis, boots and bindings, just got lighter. This year they introduce a race ski, boot, and binding. Randonee racing is very popular in Europe and catching on in the US. The idea is lots of climbing, 5,000 feet or more per race, and surviving the downhills on your skis to get to the next climb. With all that elevation gain, weight is of the utmost importance. Dynafit uses carbon fiber in the ski construction, carbon fiber and titanium in the binding, and reduces the boot to one buckle - all to shave precious grams. We can certainly see an application for the race ski and boots for a fast and light day outing. And the new half-pound race bindings would work on many sturdier skis than the race ski.
For more conventional, non-race touring, Dynafit replaces the venerable three-bukle TLT 700 boot with a stiffer four-buckle boot, the Aero. According to Dyanfit, the CarveLite skis are replaced with the carbon fiber FreeRide 8.0 skis. Available in 155, 165, and 175 cm the FreeRide is wider and more shaped than the CarveLite. I demoed both the boots and the skis at the show. The boots are substantially stiffer than the 700’s and feel a lot more like a downhill ski boot. Aggressive skiers should love them. There is also a wider ski, the FreeRide 10.0 more suitable for powder that is only available in 178 and 187 cm lengths. FreeRide 10.0 is 3 lb (1360 g) per ski.
There was no spec book at the booth and a lot of interested people vying for attention so most of these numbers are from hastily jotted notes:
The new 8.3 oz (235 g) Dyanfit TLT Race Ti binding uses carbon fiber and titanium. That’s a pound for a pair of bindings!
Dyanfit TLT Race Boot: A lighter one-buckle version of the TLT 4. Weight 2 lb 6 oz (1080 g) per boot.
Dyanfit 4 Buckle FR Aero TF Boot: Weight 3 lb 14 oz (1800 g)per boot.
Race ski: Narrow, carbon fiber, lightest Dynafit ski by a margin. 1 lb 10 oz (737 g)!! per ski.
Free ride 8.0 ski: Carbon fiber, 1320 g per ski for 165 cm.
"Dynafit Randonee Ski Equipment, Now Lighter First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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