Dynafit Beast 98 Ski Review

Dynafit Beast Ski Review Photo Allison Seymour

From the company that changed touring comes the Dynafit Beast 98 all-around ski. A quiver of one? Perhaps. I got the ski after my trip to California last spring. I was looking for something that could handle spring lines and winter pow. What is the ideal width to balance corn and pow?

Dynafit Beast 98 Review

The Dynafit Beast 98 handled whatever I threw at it. From classics backcountry lines in Colorado like Quandary Peak to remote journeys into the Gore Range in August, on the search for snow, the ski was always doing what I needed it to do.

The swing weight is great, meaning they get around quickly. The Dynafit Beast 98 Skis are stiff and set a good edge in variable conditions, transitioning from frozen to slop as couloirs often deliver. This same stiffness kept tip deflection down and the ski really tracked well in the warmer snow of spring. But how would such a “skinny” ski handle the powder?

Fritz Sperry on the Dynafit Beast Ski Photo by Allison Seymour 1

Fritz Sperry on the Dynafit Beast Ski Photo by Allison Seymour

The stiffness and profile of the ski excelled at arcing long turns through the pow. They held those long arcs with ease. Shorter radius turns were overkill but if you needed to throw a turn in here or there those skills were at your disposal with the Beast 98. After the last run, I looked at my partner and said: “Wow that was one of the best runs I’ve ever had!”

Dynafit Beast Ski In the Gore Range Photo Allison Seymour

The Dynafit Beast 98 Ski ($699.95) can handle everything you throw at it. It’s light enough to go the distance deep into the wilderness and won’t have you regretting your decision to bring it; read not feeling terrified to ski a lesser ski in challenging terrain or conditions. I highly recommend this ski to those wanting to have the best of both worlds, touring and ski mountaineering, without having to sacrifice the quality of either experience.

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Dynafit Beast 98 Ski
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3 Comments on "Dynafit Beast 98 Ski Review"

  1. Question for Fritz:
    Hi Fritz,

    Great review, I’ve been eyeing this skis from its Meteorite beginnings. I currently ski a pair of Black Diamond Verdict, length 180cm (a tad too tall for me. I’m 5.10 weighing 174 lbs.)
    http://www.skimag.com/gear/black-diamond-verdict-2014
    It’s been 3 years now skiing this pair and I’m ready for a new quiver-of-one.
    I was wondering what are your dimensions (height & weight) and what ski-length did you get to test for your review.
    Again, great review.
    Thanks,
    H.

    • Hi Hector,
      I’m 5’10” and about 175 depending on the week. I was skiing the 177cm for the test. This is shorter than I normally ski, i’m usually in the 185 length range. The ski had a demo binding on it so I figured the shorter length would even out with the heavier binding. I had a pair of the black and orange Verdicts a long time ago, 10 years maybe, it skis nothing like that old ski. Haven’t skied any of the recent Verdicts so can’t really compare. I highly recommend the Beast 98 and from the sounds of it the 177 length may be ideal for you. Happy turns

  2. Hi Fritz,

    Great review, I’ve been eyeing this skis from its Meteorite beginnings. I currently ski a pair of Black Diamond Verdict, length 180cm (a tad too tall for me. I’m 5.10 weighing 174 lbs.)
    https://www.skimag.com/gear/black-diamond-verdict-2014
    It’s been 3 years now skiing this pair and I’m ready for a new quiver-of-one.
    I was wondering what are your dimensions (height & weight) and what ski-length did you get to test for your review.
    Again, great review.
    Thanks,
    H.

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