Unleash the beast! If you’re looking for a quiver-of-one for day tours and off-piste adventures then the ‘freeride-touring’ Dynafit Beast 98W is an all-round ripper of a ride. Don’t let the name intimidate you however – the Beast 98 W is more of a friendly labrador than a backcountry monster.
“Capable, reliable and accessible, the Beast 98 W genuinely wants to do well for you and is always hungry to perform.” says gear editor Sophie. “As long as you’re in charge of the ski, the Beast 98 W will handle the rest”.
Weighing in at 1400g (170cm) per ski with a 98mm platform underfoot, it weighs significantly less than many of its ‘freeride-touring’ sisters. More than light enough to perform on the uphill if you’re robust of quad, it climbs efficiently and won’t let you down on a steep, icy skin track. The overall feeling is of a ski that manages the ascent because it knows the reward thereafter.
The descent is the Beast 98 W’s DNA and this is where it truly excels. We’ve skied the Beast 98 W over the past couple of winters across the full spectrum of conditions from spring snow to deep powder, crud to chop, narrow chutes to wide groomed pistes and have been seriously impressed by its ability to adapt and perform.
With full ABS sidewalls, ash-poplar wood core and a single radius sidecut, the Beast 98 W is light yet stable, holds an edge admirably and responds immediately on demand. If you yearn for peace and quiet in the backcountry then you’ll appreciate the chatter-free ride brought to you by the Beast 98 W’s carbon Ride Tip in the shovel that does a great job of minimising vibration at the front of the ski.
All in all, this is an impressive all-rounder from a brand with genuine backcountry heritage.
Lengths: 163, 170, 177
Radius: 17m @ 170
Dimensions: 124-96-115 @ 170
Weight per pair: 2800g @ 170
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