Dynafit Blacklight 74 Ski
Though Shakespeare wrote that "black was not counted fair," Dynafit is prepared to prove the Bard wrong with its Blacklight line. Bringing together everything the ski designers in Snow Leopard-land have learned from the older Carbonio and Nanga Parbat skis, but in an updated construction that calls to mind the forgiving, easy-turning Tour and Speed series skis, the Black Light 74 is poised to outdo its predecessors in the fight for mountaineering-ski glory. At just 74mm underfoot, it falls between an oversized skimo race ski and a trimmed-down classic touring ski -- perfect for your next volcano-skiing objective, high-altitude expedition, or just the daily dawn patrol up a rock-hard resort groomer. Hard crust situations call for tight, confident turning, and an 18mm turning radius -- shorter than most mountaineering skis -- means that you'll be able to slice and dice on glaze ice and windboard. Those scratchy turns up high won't faze the Black Light, while soft corn and mushy crud will slide easily under the added tip and tail rocker. Later in the day, your tired legs will be thankful for the tapered tip and tail profile, along with the rounder ski flex, for keeping you on your feet as the conditions threaten to buck you out of turns. If you're frequently windburned, carrying ski crampons, and/or looking at plane tickets to the Alps, you'll appreciate this ski for its nimble-turning, easy-edging performance all the way from November's low-tide missions to July days of refrozen corn and hop-turning through runnels.
- 74mm waist puts the Black Light 74 in a unique category, perfect for speed-oriented skiers on hard snow.
- Paulownia Speed Core makes use of some of the lightest, strongest wood on the planet to dampen the ski.
- Unidirectional carbon construction balance stiffness and compliance for easy edging and turning.
- Shorter turn radius and added rocker means easier, nimbler skiing.
- Tip notch allows for use of Dynafit's Speedskin or your favorite fast-gliding race skin.
Update 2022/23: New topsheet graphics, otherwise it's the same great ski!
|Lengths (cm)||158, 165, 172|
|Weight (pair)||1860g 
||Race-notched tips, notched flat tails|
||Light tip & tail rocker, camber underfoot|
||Tapered tip & tail, medium radius|
||3D sidewall cap|
||Paulownia Speed Core|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||High alpine missions, traverses, uphill resort skiing|
|Notes||Full Unidirectional carbon construction|
|Bottom Line||Great ski for alpinism at a great price|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I'm a trail runner who started skiing earlier this winter for some cross-training and have completely fallen for it. I bought atomic backland UL85 and progressed really quickly with them (no prior ski experience before last season). So far, I've only skied on groomers and mostly on steep and variable conditions (usually on the mountain before the cats).
I REALLY love going uphill fast and a lot, as in every day, covering 2K+ meters vert every outing. While I enjoy going downhill, I mainly want to go up fast as possible and maybe even try racing or a vertical challenge this season.
What I like about the atomic UL85 is how easy the ski is to turn while still feeling very stable, great in any/every condition, but it also feels like it might be too much ski for what I'm doing, and I'd really like to drop as much weight as possible while keeping in mind my skill level/continuing to progress downhill.
I do intend to start skiing off-piste this season as well, but will keep the UL85s for that and stick to groomers with the lighter set.
Is this a ski I should be considering - any others? And at what length? I'm 5'8 135lb, and currently have the backland UL85 in 165. Thank you so much!
The Blacklight 74 in 165cm wouldn't be bad for what you're looking for, although it's not significantly lighter than the UL85s. Here's a couple of other options:
Another option would be the Movement Race Pro 71 in 168cm. It's noticeably lighter than the Blacklights and a phenomenal ski for fitness laps. It's a little trickier to ski on, and less forgiving off groomers.
You could also go with Ski Trab Maestro 2 in 164cm. They will ski better off groomers than the Race Pros but are a little heavier.
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The Hagan Ultra 77 is a pretty forgiving ski. It is easy to roll on edge, and will have a turnier feel.
The Blacklight 74 is also a pretty playful ski with a medium turn radius. It will be a stiffer than the Ultra 77, but still very manageable. If you have further mountaineering ski questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
I am a trail runner that has finally gotten around to skiing this winter after thinking that running was still awesome in the winter (it is not). I have fallen in love with skinning up, mostly at our local resort, for the low impact aerobic that is a good replacement for running. I am looking for something a little lighter than what I am currently using (Salomon QST99s and Dynafits ST110s) for multiple laps in the AM before work/weekend and for an upcoming vertical challenge. I also would like to enter our local skimo race but I will be in the rec category and doing it just for fun, so no need for a true race ski I suppose.
I am someone who tolerates the downhill so I can go uphill again so I am not too radical in my downhill ski pursuits. I usually get on the resort in the AM before the groomers so my downhill journeys can be a fun mix of skied out packed down ice or powder depending on the weather. Other times I am there when the groomers are our so that is a little better for getting down. I skin everyday so also need something durable.
Are these a good option for my needs, or is there something else you might recommend?
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I think the maestro is the stiffest and most like race ski and hagan is the most playful with multiple radius. But how do the dynafits compare?
I am 6’1, 180lbs and thinking about 165-170cm length, what would be your take?
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