Though Shakespeare wrote that "black was not counted fair," Dynafit is prepared to prove the Bard wrong with its Black Light 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.
|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 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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