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

What mixture of stiffness would do the trick to allow for jump turns, edge hold on the firm, railing corn and the floating arcs of powder? I’m generally on a 105-110mm ski for powder and may go even bigger for those deep winter days. The float is fun, like surfing in the sky. Alternately I like a skinnier ski for corn and big mountain descents. My last spring ski was 90mm and it was super light, but my pack weight was almost the same even with the addition of approach shoes, but not when the ski boots were on the pack.

We skin up for the skiing. We climb couloirs for the skiing. Some people race up to race down to win a game. I’m in it for the descent, but the uphill has its merits as well. We wouldn’t want to ski a big heavy inbounds ski as our everyday backcountry ski. We need to reduce the burden on our legs so they are fresh for the downhill. Lighter is better for this effort, lighter isn’t always better for the descent.

Dynafit Beast Ski In the Gore Range Photo Allison Seymour

Once I got the ski in May of last season, I skied some fun lines with them as the season closed out. June and the summer are the time for couloir hunting. I skied some lines that eluded me before. Not sure if my previous skis were the reason but regardless the Dynafit Beast 98 handled whatever I threw at it. From classics like Quandary Peak to remote journeys into the Gore 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. They 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?

As many of you know winter took its sweet time getting to Colorado this year. It started with a bang and fizzled. I wanted to get this review done a lot sooner but I just didn’t have the snow to work with. Then around Christmas things started to come around. I broke my boots and had to switch to my lighter F1s for testing. I got them out in firm conditions and soft. They handled both equally well. After a day of pass laps where I encountered everything from water ice to hard pack to crud, bumps and virgin powder, I felt like I was really getting to know the Dynafit Beast 98 ski.

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

Fritz Sperry on the Dynafit Beast Ski Photo by Allison Seymour

Then the gates opened and it snowed a couple feet of ultra-light goodness. After a lap to get used to the depth I started to push the ski. 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!”

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.

Dynafit Beast Pomoca Skins

Note: The skis are designed to work with the Pomoca line of skins. Look for a future review.

Dynafit Beast 98 Ski
5 / 5 RATING      

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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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