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Dynafit Blacklight Pro Ski

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One of Dynafit's favorite contestants into the elite world of the sub-1000-gram ski is the Blacklight Pro, which they claim is made especially for "professional mountaineers." Whether you make a life, or a living, out of your time in thin air and wind-scoured snow, the Blacklight Pro could be the ski that takes you to the next level of professional development. Coming in at only 200 grams heavier than many skimo race skis, but with the width and rocker to float confidently in dense powder and chalky couloirs, the Blacklight Pro puts an end to the idea that low-fat skis can't be versatile. A generous 116mm tip width (172cm length) and snappy 18.5m turn radius might tempt you to ski the Blacklight Pro as you would your powder boards, but when the good conditions stop and refrozen mank comes into view, don't be alarmed -- the unidirectional carbon layup and snappy paulownia core will keep your edging on-point and your hop-turning predictable. Early adopters will be interested in Dynafit's Pin-Skin System, exclusive to the Blacklight Pro, which uses a small-diameter hole in the base of the ski as a rear skin fix. Instead of a traditional tail clip, which is heavy and bulky by comparison, the proprietary skin from Dynafit will include a small pin at the rear of the plush that inserts into the pinhole attachment—making the skin as light and packable as a race skin, but with the added security of affixing to the ski base. Whether long ski tours have taken over your weeks or just your weekends, the Blacklight Pro is the ski to take along.

  • 3D Sidewall/Cap Construction marries the low weight of a cap ski with the durability and strength of a partial sidewall.
  • Unidirectional carbon layup is lighter than previous Dynafit iterations, but with a friendlier feel in choppy snow.
  • Blend of rocker (20-25%) and camber (75-80%) might just trick you into believing you're on a powder ski without the unnecessary girth.
  • Exclusive Pin-Skin System combines the light weight and fast gliding of a race skin with the security of traditional, tail-fixed skins.

Update 2022/23: Dynafit gave these skis some slick new topsheet colors.

Lengths (cm) 158, 165, 172, 178
convert to ounces
855g [158]
920g [165]
985g [172]
1020g [178]
Weight (pair) 1710g [158]
1840g [165]
1970g [172]
2040g [178]
Dimensions   114-78-98 [158]
115-79-99 [165]
116-80-100 [172]
117-81-101 [178]
Turn Radius   15.5m [158]
17.0m [165]
18.5m [172]
20.0m [178]
Skin Fix   Pin Skin System
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Light tip & tail rocker, camber underfoot
Shape   Tapered tip & tail, medium radius
Construction   3D sidewall cap
Core   Paulownia Race Core
Skimo Co Says
Usage Speed touring, mountaineering, casual racing
Notes Awesome Pin-Skin connection system
Bottom Line Dynafit's best ski yet
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Questions & Reviews

Question from David R
I’m looking for a strong, lightweight ski for steep 14er descents and long approaches, like up Denali. What are your thoughts on the Blacklight Pro vs the Magico 2.0? Or would you recommend something else altogether? Thank you!!
Answer from eric
David- Either ski would be a good choice. The deciding factor might be which boot you use. The Blacklight has a stiffer tail and skis better with a stiffer boot. Whereas the Magico 2 is stiff with a rounder flex and seems to ski fine with a lighter boot or even a race boot.
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Question from Brendan
How do the blacklight pros compare to a SkiTrab Magico.2 on the downhill? I've heard that the BL pro's are quite stiff relative to most skis in this category but ski less stiff than they handflex - is that your guys experience?

I'm an athletic 230lb and gravitate toward burlier skis in most other weightclasses (OG volkl Katana, Mantra 102, etc) and have really liked my salomon minim skimo skis. Wondering if the combo of super light and super stiff in the BL pro's is a recipe for jittery and unskiable?

Was considering BL pros in a 178cm.

Answer from eric
Brendan- Both the Magico.2 and the Blacklight pro ski very well on the down. The Blacklight's are definitely a bit stiffer than the Magico.2's. I think the stiffness tends to help them plow through more than deflect. The weight, though light, does not seem to take away from their downhill performance. I would say the Blacklights are more closer in feel to your Salomon Minim skis.
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Question from Michael K
I don't see the Backlight 80 on you site, it that because it's too similar to the Backlight Pro? The 80 seems to be minimally heavier, has different materials, and fits within the other widths of the Dynafit Backlight series. Is the Backlight Pro more race-oriented in the sense that it will be more fragile / less durable? Are there any (downhill) skiing characteristics other than the weight that are different between the Pro and the rest of the Backlight series?
Answer from Will McD
Hi Michael, good question! The Blacklight 80 has the same dimensions as the Pro, you are correct that the only difference is in the construction. The Blacklight 80 uses a carbon-infused fiberglass layup over the core whereas the Pro uses a pure carbon fiber sandwich, which saves weight. Similarly, the Pro uses the Poplar-based core construction of Dynafit's race skis while the rest of the Blacklight series (inc. the 80) uses Dynafit's Paulownia Speed Core.

I wouldn't expect much of a durability difference as we haven't seen or heard of any issues unique to the Pro version. The biggest difference is that the Blacklight 80 will be a touch softer and more forgiving than the lighter Pro version. We only carry the Pro because we find that it skis exceedingly well without needing the somewhat heavier Blacklight construction that the 80 has.
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Question from Anthony R
How would you compare the Blacklight Pro and the Trab Maestro? I currently have a Volkl VTA 88 lite that is showing some age. This will primarily be used for volcanoes, spring traverses, and various other ski mountaineering objectives. I might throw in an occasional skimo race but more of the casual variety. I will be pairing it with some iteration of the atk trofeo and Dynafit TLT6. I typically ski a length of 178 to 185 depending on my objective or goal. I would consider myself fairly aggressive type skier. I am thinking of getting this type of ski in a 171 (the VTA is a 170) to maximize the weight and quick handling. Other skis that I should also consider?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Anthony,

Great skis to have on your radar! My comparison is below:

Both these skis are pretty stiff, and will hold an edge in firm snow. Also, the weight is near enough as to not really matter. I will start the Blacklight Pro. This ski has a surprisingly fat shovel for the waist width, which makes it well equipped for the errant spring powder day. Also, the pin skin system is pretty slick if you want to keep friction low on the skin track without sacrificing a solid tail attachment. This ski is well suited to spring and all things ski mountaineering. It requires some input from the skier, but is super versatile.

On to the Ski Trab Maestro.2. Built to last, this ski will thrive in anything from firm conditions in the morning, to corn in the afternoon. Also requiring some input from the skier, the Maestro is full of energy, and is a great option for speed touring, or occasions when the grams really count.

As a self described aggressive skier, I think you are completely on the right track with your considerations.

For further questions on ski mountaineering setups, feel free to reach out to!
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Question from Josh
Hello! Looking for something that can handle spring couloirs and the following chunky aprons in the Wasatch, Sierra, and PNW. Im 5' 6", 140lbs, and looking at the 158 length very closely. What do you think? Im slightly concerned that a 78mm underfoot ski will not handle poor apron snow conditions very well.
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for reaching out, Josh. Regarding length, the 158 would work well, especially if you want something to take into steep and tight places. While light skis inherently will get tossed around in variable snow conditions more so than a heavier ski with metal, the Blacklight Pro definitely holds its own with skis that share a similar weight, and it should handle variable snow conditions better than its weight would suggest.
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Question from Daniel Skjauff
How do these compare to the Atomic Backland 85 UL in terms of downhill performance?
Answer from Will McD
Hi Daniel,
Great question, the skis are pretty similar, though there a couple differences. The Backland has a softer flex and the "HRZN Tech Tip" which helps to provide more float in soft snow and powder. On the other hand, the Blacklight's longer turn radius and camber yield excellent edge hold on steep and hard snow, making it an excellent ski for mountaineering or volcanoes. As far as how they ski, the Blacklight likes to be skied powerfully and deliberately and prefers a more aggressive skiing style, and it will handle better at high speeds. The Backlands are a bit more playful and can be skied in a more relaxed stance without needing to power the tips on each turn, but will have a slightly harder time keeping an edge on hard and frozen snow.
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Question from Karl
Thanks Cole P, that's very much the answer I expected. What about Dynafit Carbonio 76 vs. Blacklight Pro? Sorry about all those questions I've been posting recently, don't mean to be a pain, just have some "tough" decisions to be made soon.
Answer from Cole P
Karl, no worries happy to help! The Carbonio 76 is more of a mountaineering ski being a little lighter and easier to turn. The Dynafit Blacklight pro also is a great mountaineering ski but with a wider shovel, it will float a little better in soft snow. The Blacklight Pro will demand more from the skier as well. Feel free to email us at and we can discuss any questions or concerns in depth.
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Question from Karl
How do Blacklight Pro compare to Movement Race Pro 85 and what length would you recommend in either of those? I'm 186 cm / 74 kg. Thank you!
Answer from Cole P
Hello Karl, thanks for reaching out. The Movement Race Pro is a very popular ski but is less stiff than the Blacklight Pro which makes the Movement more compliant, but it also can be nervous due to it's extreme lightness. The Blacklight Pro is a stiff mountaineering ski that requires an upper-intermediate to an advanced skier to make the most of it. The Blacklight Pro will feel more sturdy and confident on steep terrain. For the lengths, I would recommend going with the 177cm/178cm if you are looking for an everyday mid 80's ski. If you are looking for an objective/mountaineering ski I would recommend going with the 169cm/172cm lengths.
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Question from Ben
How does this ski compare to the Movement Alp Tracks 85 or 89? The weights are nearly the same. I'd like to use it for extended tours and ski mountaineering.
Answer from Jeff
Ben, The Alp Tracks 85 is the more compatible ski. Think of the Alp Tracks 89 as the lightest All-mountain ski there is. With more overall width, especially in the tip, it will ski powder quite well. So if your extended tours include pow, it would be the best.
For long tours and mountaineering, either the Blacklight Pro and 85 will provide miles of smiles. The one most notable characteristic of the Pro is that it felt incredibly damp for such a light Carbon ski. That and its narrower and lighter profile will be the best for distance.
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Question from Oscar L
Trying to decide between these and the Movement Race Pro 77 as a hard pack/spring mission ski after my beloved Alp Tracks 84s imploded. Specs seem very similar - any compelling reasons to choose one over the other? Are the Blacklights more durable?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Oscar,

Between the two skis, durability will not be significantly different. The differentiating factors will be weight and ski characteristics. The Race Pro 77 will save you some grams. However, think of this ski as a race ski with larger dimensions. It will be less forgiving than the Blacklight Pro in more variable conditions. Additionally, the Blacklight Pro will have more float in that occasional spring storm. Both skis will excel on hardpack.
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Question from Nathan I
Hi, I'm 6'2", 180 lbs and wondering if I should get the 172 or 178. These are my skinniest ski yet, and the shortest ski I have is 184 (Dynafit Denali). I want to use them for long trips, big objectives and couloirs (and I'm sure day tours). Going to put the Trab Vario.2 on them. Struggling with the size choice, as 172 feels so short, but I realize that may just be the name of the game... Thanks!
Answer from Zak M
Hey Nathan, I would suggest going with the 178cm length. If you're used to 184cm the 178cm should still give you a bit better control and versatility when it comes to performing jump turns while not feeling like super short toothpicks.
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Question from Logan
Without being able to test most skis due to where I live I’m hoping someone with experience could compare these to the Black Diamond Cirque skis (78 or 84). Very interested in these or the cirques!
Answer from eric
Logan- The Blacklights have a little bigger shovel and float a little better in soft snow. Also the Blacklights will be a more powerful, stable ski. The BD Cirque 84 is a little softer, easier to turn ski, but still descent edge hold.
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Question from John B
How are these compared to the Dynafit Carbonio 76?
Answer from Julieana
Hey John, the core construction is different between the two. The blacklight pro is a really damp, really stiff ski. Super powerful and a lot of fun! It'll definitely feel more aggressive than the Carbonio 76.
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Question from Tom
I'm looking for a lightweight set up for spring tours, resort training laps and races such as the Grand Traverse (at a relatively casual pace). What are your thoughts on the new Dynafit Blacklight Pro vs the Salomon X-Alp. I'm 6'0", thinking 170 or 172cm.
Answer from Zak M
Hey Tom, Dynafit markets the new Blacklight Pro as a ski for "professional mountaineers." While this is not to say that the everyday skier can't handle its characteristics, it is a tempting ski with a weight verse performance ratio that is extremely good. Overall the X-Alp will be a slightly quicker turning ski and a slightly more forgiving one at that. Both skis would be a good candidate as a lightweight fitness ski with the Blacklight Pro being the shining star for overall performance.
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Question from TZed
What do you think comparing this to the new backland UL 78? Backland is a bit lighter, for mountaineering where some soft snow but also at times bulletproof...
Answer from Teddy Young
Thanks for reaching out, we really enjoyed the Blacklight Pro during the on-snow demo back in the pre-COVID times! I'd say that the Blacklight Pro is a bit damper and stiffer, and has a longer turn radius. It can also accept being driven by a more powerful boot! In comparison, the Backland UL 78 might be described as docile, quicker/easier to turn, and overall more playful!
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Eric (downright abused product)
These are pretty awesome. I ended up with a 172cm instead of a 178 which affected my usage a bit. Once I realized they were essentially like a bigger, much more capable race ski, I really got the best out of them.

Of course, they won't charge through crud like a Beast ski but for ski mountaineering, they are great. They're very light, very snappy and responsive, and burly enough that you can ski a bit faster than you would on a pure race ski. Pair them with a race binding and you've got something you really could actually race in. I have often found myself grabbing my TLT8/Blacklight combo rather than my PDG/PDG race gear for training sessions and spring ski mountaineering.

These are just a bit more fun to ski in corn or a bit of pow with barely any weight cost.

I haven't tried the pin skin yet - just the speed skin. I'd probably stick with that setup unless I was able to have two pairs as a backup but then, I haven't tried them yet!

My only complaint is Dynafit doesn't make a version that's 100 underfoot for mid-winter pow skiing!
Reply from Jeff
Eric and all Blacklight enthusiasts.
21/22 Dynafit is delivering the Blacklight 95 for an ultralight Powder ski.
Reply from Dane
>My only complaint is Dynafit doesn't make a version that's 100 underfoot for mid-winter pow skiing!

So now that they are out, anyone skiing the BL 95 ?
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