If you have read many reviews here on Backcountry Skiing Canada, you’ve probably come across some of our impressions of offerings from Dynafit. The Dynafit Huascaran is the latest in a bunch of products we’ve look at, including: the Dynafit Zzeus Alpine Touring Boot, the Dynafit Vulcan Alpine Touring Boot, the Dynafit Stoke Ski, and the Gear of the Year Winning Dynafit Eruption Down Jacket. We are admitted disciples of all things Dynafit and the Huascaran doesn’t disappoint. Dynafit’s claim to fame, justifiably, may be their touring bindings. This is the binding that Russ, owner/operator at Ice Creek Lodge, aptly described as being “so advanced design-wise that it’s likely technologically advanced aliens landed, developed it, then left our planet.” Note that the Dynafit Radical ST and Dynafit Speedskin reviews will be up on the site soon—if they aren’t already.
We had a 186cm length to test and, at 114 underfoot, the Huascaran is Dynafit’s widest-body ski. It seems like many European ski manufacturers are not as fast to jump on the “progressive” bandwagon in building their skis, and that’s OK. This ski really shines as a long distance tourer. Sure, we liked the Dynafit Stoke, but the Huascaran injects more of the fatter, rocker, funnerer aspect into skiing—and we like that. Paired with a set of Vulcans, the Huascarans are light enough that you can go for a 6000’ day and not feel totally destroyed.
Here’s a review vid we shot while out touring for the day at Kootenay Pass.
Let’s look at some pictures, shall we?
Huascaran at rest. Note the widebody.
Grrrrr. Phast and light. And phat.
Tip rocker is not overly pronounced but there’s enough there to feel the surfy sensation for sure. Dynafit engineers refer to it as “scoop rocker.”
The Dynafit Huascaran tail notches, which also appear on the Dynafit Stoke. ‘make taking the speedskins on and off a breeze.
Here’s the integrated tip attachment. If you get a pair of Huascarans, you MUST get the Dynafit speedskins to experience the full benefits of therapy.
Here’s a close-up of the core through the topsheet. “Isocore Paulownia Ultralight wood with stringers in beech and bamboo,” says the Dynafit marketing material. The graphics are way easier on the eyes than the Stokes’.
As our video indicates, the Huascarans are exceptionally good skis if you are looking for something fat enough to have fun in deep snow but light enough to go all day. Because the tip and tail rocker is less than something like the Big Bend skis we reviewed last season, the ski has a more traditional, less surfy feel to it. Dynafit is a European manufacturer with a long and storied history of building gear for long-distance touring. The Huascaran represents a ski more in tune with North American freeskiing but still built on the foundation of an intelligently designed and built touring ski. This may be the ideal ski for a week-long hut trip or a big day where you know you’ll have good snow.
The Dynafit Huascarans earning their keep at Ice Creek Lodge.
Price: $899.95ish US
Weight: 1850g / 4.07lbs (per ski)
Running surface: sintered graphite coatings (Electra Race)
Laminate: Fiberglass/Carbon Hybrid Technology with Titanal inserts
Core construction: Isocore Paulownia Ultralight wood with stringers in beech and bamboo
Remarkably lightweight for a ski its size. With the Dynafit Speedskin, and Radical ST binding, the system is ideal for long tours in good snow. I skied the Huascaran on groomers at the area for a few days and was pleasantly surprised too.
Some say it skis a little “planky.” I say this is only somewhat true when compared to a fully rockered ski. The Huarscaran is happiest when paired with the Dynafit Speedskin. This is a plus and a minus—maybe more of a minus because the combo work so well but the skins may be a little hard to find here in Canada. The graphics aren’t the best, but that’s subjective. Bordering on cultural appropriation (as were the Stokes).
Powder Performance 2/2
Groomer Performance 1/2
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