Dynafit's fattest touring ski for serious big-mountain backcountry aficionados—new for the 2012-13 season.
Tourist-trapping mega resorts and carbon-spewing chopper outfits are the bane of your existence. Thankfully Dynafit made the Huascaran Ski to lead you far from the marketed mountains to legendarily deep lines. Once you swiftly glide over a ridge, the lightweight, powerful micro-sidewalls and versatile triple-turn radius yield solid big-mountain performance in everything from notorious ski-movie terrain to tight, storm-day tree stashes. The widest Dynafit ski yet produced, the Huascaran floats the deepest Wasatch or Cascade pow.
- Scoop Rocker features an early-rise tip and tail for fantastic float and smooth trail-breaking in deep powder as well as a bit of traditional camber underfoot to ensure a solid edge-hold in ice and crud-choked drainage run-outs
- Paulownia ultra-light wood core features a bit of foam as well as beech and bamboo stringers to keep the weight down, to provide a snappy structure in variable snow, and to help reduce vibrations
- Torsion Box construction features cap construction to keep the weight low and a small sidewall near the edge to facilitate efficient energy transfer and durability in big, exposed terrain where the snow conditions change constantly
- Fiberglass and carbon laminates as well as titanal inserts yield amazing torsional rigidity and stability for the biggest, fastest lines you can handle
- Weighs in at around eight tour-ready pounds (per pair, depending on size)
- 114mm width underfoot (186cm) keeps you on top of the deepest, lightest storm-day powder
- Triple Radius technology features a separate turn radius for the tip, waist, and tail of the ski, which means you can execute long GS turns, short powder turns in the trees, and quick speed-dumping slashes with very little effort
- Rocker, turn radii, and generous sidecut provide easy turning because the ski engages more of the edge as you lay into your turns
- Pintail uses a pointed tail to enable easy attachment to ski-carrying backpacks and to inhibit hooking during powder turns
- KLICK tip attachment and flat tail pair with the pre-cut Dynafit Huascaran Speedskin for easy and reliable gliding
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I'm looking to hang up my split board/snowboard setup this climb season/next resort season and return to skiing. I plan to do a roughly even amount of ski touring/ski mountaineering and resort skiing and I'm looking for a one ski quiver. Performance in pow is important, but if I give up something I'd rather it be that than PNW crud crushing, edge-holding ability or weight. I'm looking at the Hang5, Huascaran and Revert... any advice?
Whoops, the flat got me. Good pic of the width of the ski. Powder shredders for sure.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
While this is my first pair of light, backcountry powder skis - I absolutely love them. Sure, there are lighter skis out there, but they will be below the 110mm width. I finally made the switch from heavy, beefy Duke bindings and paired these with Dynafit Radical FT bindings, what an amazing set up. I just look at this ski and its awesome graphics - it makes me want to get out there ! I am 6ft and went with the 186 - a great fit. I could have gone 196, but I do some tighter tree skiing and jump turns in chutes, so I went 186. Besides, I don't even think I could fit the 196 in my car or on my sled ski rack! Those would be very long! Not worth the extra weight either. My absolute favorite pair of skis.
What length Hauscaran would you recommend for a 5'9" 144 lb female, "expert" skier (per your Men's Sizing chart). To be used primarily for AT, in a variety of conditions, though primarily (hopefully) for powder...
I'd go for the 177! Unless you just want to charge like crazy and feel good driving the 186... which would be cool too.
I'd probably go with the 167cm. I am 5'10 165lb and really liked the 177 in these skis for what you are describing.
177 sounds right to me as well.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Me: 22 years old, 5"10 165lbs. PNW. Advance Intermediate.
Current Set up: 4FRNT CRJ 180CM with Radical ST, 179CM Klint Prime with Marker Barons
I took the Huascaran out to Stevens Pass in WA on 1/29/13 with 11" past 24 hours. The Huascaran is an extremely lightweight ski considering how fat it is, around 8lbs. I was very impressed by how such a light weight ski handled the cut up crud on the backside of Stevens Pass at Mill Valley. It didn't take long for me to get accustom to the length of the ski and found the ski to be fairly stable at speed and loved to charged. Since the ski is meant for backcountry touring there is a speed limit in the crud but performs remarkably well. I was able to find some deep untouched powder in some gladed trees and the ski never had tip diving and stayed up on top of the snow very well. For being a big mountain backcountry ski it performed way better than I thought navigating the gladed trees. The Huscaran has plenty of girth for powder but stays remarkably nimble among the trees. If one was doing super thick tree skiing I would size down but the Huascaran is really meant for speed and charging soft snow, and it excels at that. The ski has some pop and is fun to get air with it. The ski was surprisingly quick on the hardpack and windscorn ridges and was decent at it. The lack of significant camber and girth makes the Huascaran uncomfortable to carve for extended times but when you need it the ski is very quick to give it. Overall I am very impressed by the Huascaran and Dynafit surprised me with how versatile the ski is. For a pure backcountry pow ski I would definitely replace my CRJ but it lacks some of the versatility for a resort ski that the CRJ offers. Anyone looking for a backcountry powder ski that wants optimal float and an energetic, driving ski should considering the Huascaran!
I am 6'5 195lbs and I ski in Colorado mainly. Would you recommend a 186 or 196. What are the advantages to either. 196 seems really long, but they are still super light and with 3 different side cuts it sounds like you can still make tight turns?
Hi Drew, At your height/weight I would lean toward the 196. There is @ 50cm of tip rocker, so it will feel like a shorter ski. The decision also hinges on how you ski. Are you charging hard? Prefer higher speeds? Go with the 196. Not so aggro, go 186. Hope this helps.
196 for sure!