Dynafit Huascaran Ski 167cm, A WildSnow Girl Take


This post by WildSnow.com blogger  

Dynafit Huascaran is one of the skis that consistently “floats” to the top of our Ultimate Quiver evaluations. We’ve published previous reviews, but got this female take last winter from Piglet, a well known Aspen Powder Tours Guide and gal-about-town who’s one of the mountain women who makes our valley here in Colorado such a wonderful alpine community.

Dynafit Huascaran backcountry ski  has a good surface and width ratio, rocker.

Dynafit Huascaran backcountry ski has a good surface and width ratio, rocker. They work.

Piglet: I was excited to ski the Huascaran, having heard they are designed as a lightweight but wide ski for backcountry conditions. This past March, I took the planks to Aspen Highlands where we happened to have plenty of natural and semi-natural soft snow. I skied a few runs in Highland Bowl, then headed for Steeplechase, No Name and more. I skied them in a variety of snow conditions: firm refrozen, forgiving slush-corn, spring glop. I also hit a variety of ski lines that demanded some sort of commitment and a firm edge, or a quick turn and fun mogul skiing.

Huascaran has a huge sweet spot. It loves to turn (as I do also) but will hold and carve for a nice long turn. Actually will leave railroad tracks though you need to be patient getting it on edge. Skiing down Highlands G4 was firm in spots and the ski held an edge with ease. I looked for the weirdest snow I could find on the hill and let the skis slice right through seamlessly. If I committed then the ski would perform. Love the tip rocker on the ski. It initiates the new turn flawlessly.

Perhaps the only drawback was that the skis felt a bit planky. In other words, not a finesse ski. But that’s okay so long as the performance/width/weight ratio is there, which it is.

Overall, impressive! Anyone wanting a wider ski that’s suitable for human powered vertical should consider Huascaran.

(WildSnow weight vs Surface score of 81 places Huascaran below average in mass. Weight of our 167 cm testers (width 133/110/122) is 1576 grams, 55.6 oz per ski.

In terms of shopping, we’re surprised not to see better summer prices for Huascaran. Perhaps they’re in short supply. REI has a few, we’ll add other shopping links as they become known.

Comments

9 Responses to “Dynafit Huascaran Ski 167cm, A WildSnow Girl Take”

  1. Jack June 4th, 2013 3:04 pm

    Awesome review! I love the “PLANKY” bit. I own a pair of Rossignol downhill racing skis from the 80′s and they are *extremely* planky, as in you have to tell your knees to tell your boots to tell the skis to get up on edge now. Once on edge, they are really solid. If I don’t modulate the end of a turn, they fall off edge and onto flat with a slapping sound. (I don’t imagine the Huascaran are quite that extreme).

  2. rangerjake July 24th, 2013 11:44 am

    Not a ton of great deals since it is one of the few Dynafit skis that returns unchanged for 13/14. This hold over inventory saves some ordering overhead. There’s your answer.

  3. dimitri July 24th, 2013 12:50 pm

    snowinn.com (spanish i think) have an OK price on those skis. Also, they seem to be claiming a 8 day lead time on most of the dynafit 13/14 lines. wait for it.. The TLT 6 & Vulcan too..

  4. rangerjake July 25th, 2013 1:05 pm

    Beware of Snowinn Dimitri. A pseudo scam to say the least.

    Enjoy waiting months for your product and then get told it is out of stock. Some sort of Ponzi scheme.

  5. Daniel July 26th, 2013 8:36 am

    I got my 177 13/14 Huascarans at a pretty decent price. Pays out to buy from the local dealer, eventually. Lookong forward to skiing them!

  6. Njord July 28th, 2013 6:42 pm

    I keep a pair of these in Alaska for the days when we are not out flying!

    Njord

  7. Ru August 1st, 2013 9:05 am

    I’ve bought a bunch of things from Snowinn, and been reasonably happy. It helps that I’m based in Europe, mind you.

    Don’t order anything from them which isn’t marked as ‘in stock’; the lead times are fictional. Don’t order anything from them you need in a hurry.

  8. Bobby Parker August 4th, 2013 11:04 pm

    I was thinking of getting a pair for my girl for her bday.

  9. Dane August 8th, 2013 6:09 pm

    Njord?
    I’d be very interested in what you think of them on the days you do fly?
    Obvious not you heli ski. But wonderted why not?

    And curious as to what you use instead.

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