Dynafit got the combination of performance and lightweight just right with their new Free 107 Skis. They are fat enough to float in the deepest of snow but versatile enough to ski any conditions and terrain you can throw at them. Snappy, responsive and fun in the turns, the Dynafit Free 107 Skis are well deserved of our Gear of the Year Award.
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
Dynafit’s new Free Ski line replaces the Beast line of skis but don’t think that this is simply a refresh, it’s not. Dynafit started anew based on customer feedback and created the Free Skis from the ground up. While the Free’s construction is similar to that of the Beast’s, Dynafit replaced the poplar and ash wood core found in the Beast Skis with a solid poplar wood core with carbon stringers and full ABS sidewalls. This lightweight Poplar core reduces the ski's weight while the carbon speed stringers improve the stiffness and strength of the ski. The Free Skis are the only skis in Dynafit's entire lineup that get full ABS vertical sidewalls from tip to tail. By incorporating this impact-resistant ABS along the entire length of the skis, they are able to better absorb vibrations and keep the skis damp and stable. The ABS also provides direct power transfer to the ski edges which helps them grip better on firm snow. You can get the Free Skis in 97 and 107 versions with a 97 version for women as well. In this review, we’re going to talk about the Free 107 Skis as we wanted a wider ski underfoot to better enjoy the plentiful snow we receive here in the interior of BC.
Dynafit improved the shape of the new Free 107 skis by giving them a tighter medium-length turn radius and modified sidecut which helps increase the ski’s quick, playful nature when compared to their Beast predecessor. The single 21.5m turn radius allows the Free 107 Skis to turn effectively while remaining balanced and stable at speed. Their wide waist when combined with the aggressive nose rocker makes them a fun surfy ski in deep soft snow.
The Free 107 Skis have newly engineered tips and tails with a large amount of rocker upfront in the tips which helps with turn initiation and improves overall maneuverability while floating really well in soft snow. Underfoot you’ll find a few millimetres of camber to encourage the skis to rebound and provide a more aggressive all-mountain feel. Thanks to Dynafit's mountaineering heritage they didn’t put a lot of early rise into the Free 107’s tails—instead they are flat and fairly stiff. This helps provide a nice long effective edge to carve on snow and complete a turn with authority. It also makes them super easy to perform kick turns with on the skin track, should you need to.
As mentioned in the intro, the Free 107 skis use a full poplar core with a series of uni-directional carbon stringers which run from the tips of the skis to the tails making the ski more lively, with a very balanced overall flex.
Just as with all other Dynfait Skis, the Free 107’s have an integrated tip notch that accommodated the pre-cut skin Pomoca Speedskins. This allows you to rip the Speedskins from the ski's tips versus the more traditional method from the tails. The Pro S-Glide plush found on the Pomoca Free 107 Speedskins is made up of 70% mohair and 30% nylon for an impressive combination of grip and glide. The Dynafit Free 107 Speedskins retail for $269.95CAN / $229.95US and are an ideal pairing with the Free 107 Skis.
Overall, if you are in search of a light ski that’s wide underfoot and made to devour pow laps in the backcountry but still holds its own when conditions deteriorate, then the Dynfit Free 107 is a ski that I highly recommend you check out. Playful, nimble and stable—I’m sold on these skis and I’m sure you will be too.
From the instant I opened the box and first saw the new Dynafit Free 107 Skis I just knew I’d enjoy them. After all, what's not to like. They have plenty of progressive early rise in the tips, they're fat underfoot, have flat tails, and are impressively light. I was a little worried that they’d ski a little shorter than their 188cm length due to all that progressive early rise in the tips but the flat tails (which I prefer) provide more stability and finish off the turns pretty consistently. This is a big ski in a lightweight ski frame, it skis much bigger than what it should for this weight and this is really what makes the Free 107 Skis so magical. Although the 181cm length only weighs 3,320g / 7.3lb, they have much more power and drive than I would have expected from such a lightweight ski. Most skis in this weight category get pushed around when the going gets tough and also become chattery and hard to control when the snow is firm, and forget carving. While there are better, heavier skis out there for these conditions none of them come close to the Dynafit Free 107 Ski’s weight. Sure you could compare these to the Atomic Backland 107 Skis but they are much more skittish in hardback and variable terrain, the same goes for the Black Diamond Helio Carbon 104 Skis. The Volkl V-Werks BMT 109 Skis provide similar performance to the Free 107's but since they are a full rocker ski without camber underfoot the BMT 109's are more buttery in nature and less carvy. Even the Blizzard Zero G 105 Skis can’t hold a candle to the Dynafit Free 107 Skis as they just don’t ski as big even though they are a measly 2mm thinner underfoot. The Zero G 105’s are lighter by almost 300g but this is also very evident when you ski them and try and command them through more challenging conditions.
In powder, it’s pretty obvious that the Free 107’s are at home and ski well, they are fat and have lots of tip rocker which makes them float over any kind of snow, fresh or broken. It’s their width and construction that allow them to hold an edge when you need them to and their camber underfoot makes them lively, fun and full of personality. This is a great all-around touring ski that will not let you down when conditions are not ideal. Powder, freeride and touring—yes to all. I can’t say enough good things about these skis and while trying to find something to include in the ‘con’ category below all I can really come up with is the ski’s top sheets. While I really like the simple design of Free 107 Skis, the mostly black top sheet does heat up in the late winter sun and causes snow to stick to them, not ideal but also a very minor point. And, I really like the look of a black ski.
If you want to go lighter than this then Dynafit’s Blacklight ski collection is what you'll want to look at in their ski mountaineering line, learn more about those skis here in this video that we shot last winter.
Price: $795.95CAN / $695.95US
Weight: 3,320g / 7.3lb (181cm length skis)
Lengths: 173, 181, 188cm
Dimensions: 135/107/125 mm (181cm length skis)
Radius: 21.5m (181cm length skis)
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