Black coffee, black humor, black ops, film noir -- the word suggests subtlety, sophistication, refinement. In the case of Dynafit's Blacklight series, the skis reach their most refined in the form of the Blacklight 88, which infuses a layer of Skimo Blue (guaranteed to make you faster) over the blacks and greys of the ski's carbon fiber layup. Much more responsive and easy-to-ski than its predecessor in the mid-fat category, the Carbonio 89, the Blacklight 88 may be at the top of the charts for rando-sophistication: a high-performance ski without the high-strung demeanor. Forget the chattery, squirrelly skis of yore; the Blacklight 88 wants to do what you tell it, whether tentatively testing the snow at the top of a chute or opening up high-speed turns all the way to the valley bottom. A generous 40cm of early rise in the tip means the ski won't balk at subbing in for a high-fat ski while racking up vert on a powder day, and 15cm tail rocker adds a more playful demeanor than for many in its width class. Still, don't mistake the Blacklight 88 for a noodly powder ski that only Rogers Pass and Little Cottonwood Canyon skiers would choose. Dynafit's athletes have been skiing the most demanding lines in the Alps and beyond for decades, and in turn they demand a confidence-inspiring edging platform with plenty of effective edge to grip the snow. With the stylish refinement of black meeting the energy of Skimo Blue, the Blacklight 88 is sure to be a stylish choice in all conditions.
- Dynafit's mountaineering-ski experience put to use in a wider, more versatile platform.
- 3D Sidewall/Cap Construction marries the low weight of a cap ski with the durability and strength of a partial sidewall.
- Paulownia Speed Core makes use of some of the lightest, strongest wood on the planet to dampen the ski.
- Unidirectional carbon layup is lighter than previous Dynafit iterations, but with a friendlier feel in choppy snow.
- More rocker-focused than its Blacklight siblings, the 88 still has plenty of camber underfoot and a long effective edge.
- Tip notch allows for use of Dynafit's Speedskin or your favorite fast-gliding race skin.
|Lengths (cm)||158, 165, 172, 178, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2050g 
||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|
|Notes||Full Unidirectional carbon construction|
|Bottom Line||High end touring from Dynafit|
|Compare to other Mid-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I also have a question about sizing. In a few comments in various treads I saw people mentioned sizing down as compared to either fatter or resort-oriented skis. Is this rule ski-specific or there are more general considerations? I am 6', 185 lb, unpacked, and most of the time carry 10-15 lb backpack, or more if I am on a hut trip. Should I consider 184 or 177 version?
Also, based on the discussions in these comments, the Salomon MTN Explore 88 looks like another option. Do these arguments apply to that ski as well? Thanks. (sorry for the flood of questions; in my area it is close to impossible to demo any touring-related skis myself, so I have to digest other people's experience)
Should I get 172 cm or 178 cm length? Looking for a dedicated spring setup
I'm looking for a spring setup for longer traverses (longer days), some peak bagging and yeah some couloir hunting. Doing something like peak bagging Eldorado.
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I'm buying some new lightweight skis for mountaineering and training, and struggling to decide which ones to get.
I have looked at these, the Blacklight Pro, Atomic Backland 85 UL and the Dynastar M Vertical 88.
I average around 3000m vert a week for traning + trips in the weekends so I want a ski that is light enough to get me home before midnight but still able to get down steep terrain and varied snow conditions.
The Blacklight Pro would be the one for vert training and mountaineering, but less versatile for tours in variable snow. The Blacklight 88, will be the quicker turning ski of the bunch, skis firm and powder equally well. The Dynastar is the choice for going fast, long radius, and damp for its weight. And the Backland UL 85 is an all-around, fun to ski, and the bestseller.
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Over all if the conditions are right, these ski are super versatile and youll be stoked to have they on your back during a long boot pack, but on super warm days I might opt for something else.
Also, in terms of sizing, I am 6'1" and weigh around 165 lbs (without a pack). My Icelantic skis are 185s, but I've heard that I should size down for a touring/mountaineering setup. What size would be ideal for me? The Blacklight is only available in 184 while the MTN Explore also has an option at 177. Thanks for the help!
I wanted one ski that was nimble and light enough for uphill lapping on my lunch breaks on the hill behind town, but stout enough to withstand our shallow CO snowpack and "brushy exits" on bigger tours. A friend of mine got on these really early after they were released and said he was surprised at their performance in light powder, which we have a lot of down here. That's ultimately what sold me on this ski. Sure enough, it's a bit more playful than other similar lightweight touring skis I've used, and lighter by a little bit, too.
I can (mostly) keep up with my friends' big skis on low-angle powder, and of course they are amazing in the steeps, low swing weight and a great size/shape for edge hold in firm snow. These are slowly beating out my 100-waisted skis for my top pick on any given day. And the heavy 110-waisted powder pigs basically only see use on really deep days or for sled laps.
These are great skis. If you know this category is what you're looking for, this model will not disappoint.
I can't speak to durability yet, as it's only been half of one season (probably 25-30 days, maybe 60k vert) but so far they haven't seen any more wear than is to be expected, mostly inflicted by the occasional shallow rock strike.
So what don't I like? Well I'll put it this way, if you like short radius turning skis then look no further. This truly is an amazing ski. However, if you prefer low to mid 20s turn radius skis for very steep terrain, and handling in deep variable then this isn't the ski you want. The shorter turn radius and largish shovel tend to grab in less than ideal conditions and steeps. But if you tour regularly in not super steep terrain and you primarily tour in good conditions, ie pow, consistent hardpack, or corn, and enjoy shorter turns then look no further. This is an amazing corn harvester or even pow with it's rocker and wide tip especially considering you'll probably lap your buddies with how light it is. Overall an excellent ski by dynafit for certain conditions and uses. Not so good in less than ideal conditions so definitely not a quiver of one tourer if you ski regardless of conditions. But if lower angle hippie pow and corn are your thing and you tend to avoid heinous conditions then this could be your jam. High marks. Also I found it easy to ski with sub 800g boots and also beefier boots fwiw
I've been lusting after a pair of dynafit Cho Oyu's since I was a broke teenager. I've finally started making money but the Cho's are loooong gone. The dimensions and weight of the Blacklight are not far off, but it seems like there's more carbon. Is this ski an equivalent (or close successor) to the Cho?
To compare the Dynafit Blacklight 88 and the Dynafit Blacklight Pro, the Dynafit Blacklight 88 will be a more playful and forgiving ski, while the Blacklight Pro will be stiffer and require more input from the skier. Also, at 88mm in the waist, the Blacklight 88 will provide more float than the Blacklight Pro, which is around 80mm in the waist. Therefore, these two skis are aimed at two distinctly different quiver spots. If you would like to discuss these skis in more detail, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Are you referencing the Ski Trab Magicos or the Magico 2s? Generally, the Ski Trab Magicos are incredibly durable for their light weight. Also, despite their light weight, they can be skied pretty aggressively. The Dynafit Blacklight is a fun turny ski, and not quite as demanding. The Ski Trab Magico is more comparable to the Dynafit Blacklight Pro. If you would like more elaboration, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My go to ski is the DPS Wailer 99 Tour, 168cm. Everything about these skis is perfect, and I love how playful they are, but looking to add a lighter ski to the quiver.
Weight is less important than finding the length that would be the most fun. I am leaning toward the 165 out of fear that the 158 would not have enough substance and float to drive the ski through crust, mank, etc.
On the Dynafit site they list a 184 length as well, do you guys know if that is available and, if so, whether you’ll carry it?
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