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.
I'm locked into finally getting a dedicated Spring ski as I find myself skiing into early Sumer and traveling more to do so, ie Cascade Volcanoes. I've read plenty of reviews and was leaning towards the Backland UL 85. I mostly ski softer snow and moderate to mildly steep terrain, but all all day forays make for a bigger mix of snow conditions as do early Summer temperatures. Also I've left my steadfast bx diet for lift riding a wee bit so the new boards will not always in ol e skinning.With the price of a complete kit I'm more on the fence with the Backland, Voile Objective, Blacklight 88 and the heavier but seemingly better all around Salomon Mtn Explore 88. Your thoughts?
Thanks for your question, Kevin! If you are going to be using the skis for any resort use, I believe the Voile Objective or Salomon Mtn. Explore 88 would be the better options. The Voile Objective is going to be the most "fun" of the two and is also a little lighter. The Objective is not a hard snow specialist and will be better suited for softer snow conditions. The Salomon Mtn. Explore 88 is the heaviest, but with the addition of the C/FX sheet, will be the dampest and most friendly in more variable snow conditions. In short, if your skiing mostly more forgiving snow and want something a bit lighter, go with the Objective. If you are after something better in harder snow, go with the Mtn. Explore 88. Let us know if you have any other questions!
I really wanted to like this ski, and I do-with some caveats. This ski is very stable and damp for it's weight, and the rocker profile allows it to do better in soft snow or not very deep crust that one would expect for it's width and weight. In uniform surfaces this ski is amazing. I took it out of the first day for several hours and ripped fresh groom with a large grin and then took it on some firmer uniform hardpack off piste in about 35-40 degrees. The lower half of my run was a light semi supportive crust in which I was not expecting to enjoy, but ended up far exceeding expectations. I also encountered some refrozen and found it surprising damp. This is a very stiff ski, which also surprised me, but it isn't chattery.
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
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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?
Hey Will, the Blacklight 88 has a similar sidecut to the Cho Oyu, but we think Dynafit has even improved on the classic Cho with this new release! A little lower weight and a little longer turn radius make this Blacklight 88 a fantastic successor.
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Hey guys, I currently have the Dynafit speed 90's as a quiver killer ski. I have enjoyed them but they are turning into a rock ski. I was looking at the Blacklight 88 or Blacklight pro and was wondering what your thoughts are on the differences?
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.
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How do these compare to the Ski Trab Magico? Please also include value/price considerations. Thanks!
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.
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Sizing advice for a 5' 2", 125 pound skier? Expert skier who skis slowly but confidently and wants a playful ski with enough stiffness and ski performance to ski firm, crusty, and manky conditions well. Would be paired with Scarpa F1s.
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.
Hey Brian, the Blacklight 88 sounds like it would fit the bill quite well for you. I would say you'd be spot on with the thinking behind going up to the 165cm length as opposed to the 158cm, especially if you enjoy the 168cm length and want something just a tad bit more versatile.
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Thanks for the great info. Could you provide more detail on how much tail rocker there is, would like something that is easy to break away the tail.
Nelly, Sure, there is 15cm rise and Dynafit added a few inches of taper at the tail too. Making these turn easier, or break away much better than the flat, square tails of the previous Gen. I did demo the 80mm Pro model and was blown away by how well it held and was easy to turn.
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Hi Guys, i'm in the market to replace my Backland 85s (179). Great ski, but i feel like they ski short for me (6'2"/185 lbs) and also want a looser tail. Currently considering the Blacklight 88/185, Alp Traks 94/183, or Hyper Vector 98/184. Would appreciate any comparisons you could make between the potential group back to the BL85s. My specs: near or below 1300g, stiff tail (pack friendly), surfy tail (easy to pivot on poor snow). Planned use - multi lap in bounds, and long missions BC. Also, I've never skied an all carbon ski (Alp Track). Thanks in advance for you insights.
Thanks for the question, Nelly. All three skis you have listed are similar in functionality to the Backland 85's, however, they are going to have slightly more tail rocker and should all be easier to break away in the tail than the Backlands. If you are geared more for big days that sees a mix of variable snow, the Blacklight 88 is a fantastic option. The Alp Tracks has perhaps the best weight to surface area ratio of any ski on our wall, and would be a good softer snow option that splits the difference between the Hyper Vector and Blacklight. The Hyper Vector is the heaviest option, but best performer in the soft snow due to it's length and wider waist while still retaining an impressive ability in harder and more variable snow. The Voile V6 would also be good to consider. It doesn't perform as well on harder snow as the three you listed, however, it will be a surfier option and best soft snow performer. Please feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any other questions!
Cool, i will definitely check out the Black light, haven't seen many review on it yet,other than one on Wildsnow. It seems you guys have a pretty positive impression of it, would you care to expand on what you think are the strengths and weakness of the Blacklight 88.
Because the Blacklight 88 is a new ski for the 20/21 season, there unfortunetly aren't too many reviews out yet. The quote "good at everything, master of none" does a good job in summing up this ski. It handles itself with poise in powder, but it won't be as good as a more specific soft snow ski, like the Voile V6. It can make fast GS style turns down corn fields, however, the Blizzard Zero G 85 would have a higher overall speed limit. In essence, it's impossible to have a ski that is perfect at everything. In order to make this ski the excellent all around performer it is, they had to make some concessions.
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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?
Hi Tim, only two sizes are available in this limited early release. For next season, we will have all sizes, including the newly added 184 (specs still missing).