In designing the Free 97, Dynafit set out to create a balanced ski that isn’t too laborious on the up yet has the confidence to excel no matter the snow conditions. To achieve this, they started with a poplar wood core lined with carbon fiber stringers, which helps to provide a damp yet playful ride. They added more tip and tail rocker compared to their Beast series. This simultaneously increases maneuverability for those tight spaces as well as helps with float when it's nuking powder. All of this was done with you, the backcountry skier, in mind and a desire to elevate your ski experience every time you step onto these planks. As a "Thank You" we should probably all buy a set of these fun, damp, and ready-for-action Dynafit Free 97 skis. Just sayin'.
- Rocker profile in both the tip and tail lends itself to flotation and turn initiation to keep you happy with face shots or fresh corn.
- Full ABS sidewall construction helps increases durability and power transfer so you can rip around shark teeth with confidence.
- Poplar Wood core and carbon stringers provide a lively yet smooth ride down that sweet, sweet ski line.
- Notched tips for use with Speedskins or you can use any trim-to-fit kit with standard bails.
|Lengths (cm)||170, 177, 184|
|Weight (pair)||2920g 
||Race-notched tips, rockered notched tail|
||Generous tip rocker, camber underfoot, ample tail rocker|
||Spoon tip, medium radius, tapered tail|
||Poplar wood core with carbon stringers|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||All around fun in a wide range of conditions|
|Notes||Ample tail rocker helps to scrub speed when needed|
|Bottom Line||A solid, versatile ski with that "quiver of one" potential|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
This is definitely a ski that can stand up to being pushed. Based on the rest of your quiver, I would say you'd definitely be happier with a Free 97 than a Camox Freebird, they're a much more substantial ski. Offers a lot of performance for the weight. In terms of sizing, At 6 feet and 190lbs, I would go with the 184, especially for powder performance. The ski has a pretty deep tip rocker, and some tail rocker as well. It will be a strong ski on edge, but the effective edge is not particularly long.
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With more information and where and what you hope to ski will help. This ski is a solid all around ski. And would be great for a mix of BC powder to some resort skiing.
For an inexpensive option in a more entry level package, the Seven Summits is a good choice. All mounted and includes skins.
I haven't any experience with the G3 Finders, so did lots of online searching. On paper, they are pretty similar to the Free 97, except for the rocker profile. The Free 97 are also 5mm narrower and a narrower ski will always be better on firm snow. Some reviews I read backed you up, not a favorite for firm and icy. The Dynafit Free 97 does do quite well when the snow gets hard or difficult, so definitely a better choice.
The Ripstick 94 may not be as well known, but is a great all around ski too. I haven't tested it on steep ice, but it rips groomers better then most any ski you will find here.
The Free has a more pronounced rocker, but the 177cm length should still be good for you.
The Free 97 would work great for you! It's damp so it handles crud well, but not so damp that it isn't fun and energetic. Another good option is the Dynastar M-Tour 99. It's similar to the Free 97, just a bit lighter and a bit stiffer. All depends on your skiing style! I personally have skied and love both.
What will be the main difference in their performance characteristics?
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