For the human powered lot – and who are these people, anyway? – some big news arrived courtesy of Dynafit, via the Outdoor Retailer show. Dynafit has broadened their boot selection substantially. Broad Peak? (wink) Broads? (double wink) Broadened? Enough to cover a wall with different boot models. By my quick count, there were about 15 makes of male ski boots. A similar number were on display, oriented towards women.
I may be one of about nine people – possibly the only one not regularly wearing spandex – to be slightly saddened to witness Dynafit moving steadily in a heavier, stouter direction. All but four or five of the boots are heavy, solid, multi-buckle freeride oriented offerings. But I fully understand that skiing around on featherweight gear possibly best described as ‘notBomber’ isn’t for everyone.
However, freeriders and big mountain skiers who like a super solid boots can cheer. Although heavy compared to ultra-lightweight boots, these offerings are still lighter than a lot of other touring capable ski boot options out there.
As long as Dynafit continues to innovate in a light direction, it’s not a big deal if they broaden their selection to appeal to the ‘damn the weight, let’s plod up that hill’ segment of the freeride market. And with the Dynafit DY.N.A. Evo ski boot, Dynafit still offers one of the lightest, part Pebax, part carbon fiber ski boots around.
One item that caught my eye was the Dynafit DY.N.A. PDG, a boot I’ve not seen previously. Weighing a hundred grams more than the Evo, but sporting a correspondingly lower price tag, it’s a sharp looking boot. Maybe it’s the blue accents?
On the apparel side, the news is that Dynafit now offers apparel. Clever, huh? No longer are they aiming primarily for the ski running segment by providing little more than skimpy rando racing outerwear. This makes sense, of course, given the direction the boots have taken. Now on offer are puffy jackets, super thin but weather resistant coats, slightly thicker shells, and a few non skin-tight pants. Cool stuff. It’s interesting to witness a long established ‘light’ player reinventing itself to appeal to a much broader section of the ski market.
Have you heard of Huascaran?