Sometimes written as the Se7en Summit, this affordable combination of new and old school design is a workhorse in spring conditions. While Dynafit has had a ski with this name for some time, this year’s model incorporates technology from the high-end Cho Oyu / Nanga Parbat / Denali line of skis. In light of the inclusion of flex-tips, micro-sidewalls, carbon-stringers, and the triple radius shape with a scoop rocker, it’s natural to wonder why the ski is less expensive than the others. While we don’t have a full explanation, the ski does weigh a bit more per square centimeter of surface area, which indicates the use of less carbon fiber and more wood. That doesn’t account for the whole difference in price, so we’ll just assume the rest is a clerical error to your benefit. Since Dynafit often misprints the ‘v’ as a ‘7’ in Seven Summits, that story seems consistent.
Triple radius design is longer in the front, allowing you to customize turns with a weight shift.
Scoop rocker with 3D flex tip absorbs uneven terrain so your legs don’t have to.
Stringers made of carbon run the length of the ski, transmuting weight into rigidity.
Pintail make the skis easier to slip into ski carry loops on backpack so equipped.
Micro sidewalls are deeper than they are tall, making them more resistant to blowouts.
I spent last year getting to know and really like the 7Summits. It is a light, versatile ski that does a great job at a lot of things. While I loved it on a few inches of new fresh, anything deeper than 4-5 inches made me wish I had something bigger underfoot. If you're resort/sidecountry skiing and end up coming down a groomed corduroy trail that's been eaten up all day keep your speed under check and make lots of turns, the tip of this ski will chatter like a hipster on a coffee high.
When the snow is consolidated and you're making laps in variable conditions - slushy corn, breakable crust, even the odd bit of ice (great edge hold, but big patches of re-frozen get that springy tip bouncing around) - this is a great ski. It's a nice compliment to something in the (roughly) 100 to 110 range that you can use when the snow is more pristine.
Hi Mark, indeed, this is the time of year when the Seven Summit starts to shine. Nimble waist and radius, with a gentle rocker to help in variable conditions. The Superlites work great on those skis; if you're okay with no flat mode, you can save a lot of weight versus the Radicals. You can use our binding finder if you want a more personalized recommendation.