Backcountry skiing can be a huge step for anyone that has known only resort skiing. As a great introduction to the sport and a way to get in a couple dawn patrol laps before the lifts open (not to mention the fitness benefit), many people are skinning uphill at their local resort. Recognizing this growing trend, Dynafit created the Speedfit collection to cater to those wanting to earn their turns but not looking for the full backcountry experience.
The Dynafit Speedfit line is designed for those who uphill ski for fitness, primarily on piste, often getting out before and after the lifts are open. The collection includes everything from skis, bindings, and boots to a full suite of technical apparel.
The Speedfit 84 skis are made from a blend of different woods with additional fiberglass layers to create a balance between weight and ski performance. You get a 84 mm waist and 176 cm length in a ski that weighs just 1350 grams.
Full sidewalls guarantee good edge grip on-piste, while the model remains chatter-free and stable in icy conditions. The ski features a rocker construction at tip and tail and carbon in the tip improves damping properties on the descent.
The new TLT Speed Binding delivers the advantages of a classic ski touring binding in a lightweight ascent-oriented package. In this price-point oriented binding, Dynafit added a heel lifter and longer, pivoting toe piece that are both super easy to operate on the fly with your poles. The binding weighs 285 grams, offers a 6-12 DIN range, with a length that will adjust 5 mm in either direction. You can add optional ski brakes so your skis never run away should you yard sale it at some point.
The TLT Speedfit Boot weighs 2.6 pounds and features a lightweight boot liner for extra comfort and insulation during those dawn patrol sessions. The boot is adjusted, opened and closed with one single buckle — making it super easy and quick to operate. The soft tongue offers plenty of flex for the ascent, while the stiff upper gives you the rigidity you need for the descent.
Finally, the Speedfit apparel line includes everything from a Windstopper jacket and stretch softshell pants to a hybrid insulated jacket. Expect to see the new Dynafit Speedfit collection hit shelves in time for the 2017-2018 winter season.
And if you are interested in trying some uphill skiing for yourself, the United States Ski Mountaineering Association has put together a great list of uphill access policies for many resorts across the country. Go check it out.