Get Stoked With New Dynafit and Arc’teryx Products

Just a quick down a dirty update on some new products that are sure to have some serious buzz both at this year’s Outdoor Retailer and next winter. I’m down here at Snowbird at the Cliff lodge for a preview of some products before the hustle and bustle of the actual trade show and it just so happens that both Dynafit and Acr’teryx are involved in the event. Two companies that I happen to have an affiliation with.

Greg Hill, stoked…for the STOKE!

To start, there has been talk all summer about the Dynafit Greg Hill signature model ski call the Stoke, after Greg’s home town of Revelstoke. As everyone knows, Greg is a die hard backcountry skier and knows what’s important when skiing massive vertical in the big mountains of the Canadian Rockies. The Stoke combines lightweight with a wide platform and an early-rise tip to provide a wide range of versatility. I’ll be testing a pair of them today…and I’m looking forward to see how it skis. See photo for dimensions and specs.

Dynafit Stoke dimensions.

What’s Greg Hill up to these days? Remember a couple years ago when Greg tried to ski 1 million feet of human powered skiing? Well, it seems that 1 million feet wasn’t enough and now he is shooting for 2 million feet in a calendar year. So far, he has about 100,000 and is on track to accomplish his feat so far. We wish him luck!!!!

Dynafit TLT5 alpine touring boots.

dynafit-tlt5-tongueThe other big news from Dynafit has to be the introduction of their new TLT5 series of boots, which focus on lightweight, touring ease and substantial downhill performance. The TLT5 platform is designed around the DyNA race boot, but has a removable tongue that allows for unprecedented touring comfort when removed, yet can be reinserted in the boot at the top of the skin track to give you added stiffness on the decent.

Tongue slides into toe section.

dynafit-tlt5-reward-travelThere will be two versions of the TLT5 boot, the TLT Performance TF, which comes with a thermo fit liner and a carbon cuff, the other is the TLT5 Mountain TF-C, with has a non-moldable liner and has pebax cuff…and less expensive. I’m sot sure of the price points of these boots yet, but from what I’ve seen so far from all the boot manufacturers, they will probably cost less than you think they would.

Arc’teryx Alpha SV glove.

arcteryx-alpha-sv-glove-fingerFor sure to win all kinds of design awards and raves from the gear geeks is the re-launch of Arc’teryx’s glove line. Though Arc’teryx has offered gloves in the past, they haven’t really been what they haven’t jumped into the program with both feet…until now. A big part of the new gloves is what is called Tri-Dex Technology. While most waterproof gloves are made with a waterproof bladder insert stitched into or welded onto the shell of the glove, Tri-Dex Technology actually uses actual Gore-Tex fabric in intricate patterns which are welded together to give amazing fit and comfort.


arcteryx-alpha-sv-glove-linerThe gloves are highly articulated and allow for great dexterity. The Alpha SV, the flagship model, has both a one handed cuff opening and closure and a nice intergraded wrist strap that is stretchy, which really helps with comfort. The glove has a removable liner that is also arcteryx-alpha-sv-liner-cuffarticulated, which also helps with fit. Unlike most gloves, the liner isn’t Velcroed or secured into the glove, but its shape keeps it more than secure. In addition, the liner has a nylon piece of fabric on the inside of the cuff, which lets your hand (and jacket) slide in with ease. These glove will not be cheap, but they will be the best waterproof glove can buy.

Okay…that’s about it for now. I’ll be using some of these products skiing today and looking forward to learning more about them down the road.

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30 Responses to “Get Stoked With New Dynafit and Arc’teryx Products”

  1. 1 Colin in CA Jan 19th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Good Lord, those gloves are sexy. Wow.

  2. 2 Euro Rob Jan 19th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I don’t like early-rice. Certainly not before lunch time!

  3. 3 randosteve Jan 19th, 2010 at 6:53 am

    ugh…typos! the gloves are very nice and the dexterity is out of this world. enough to pick up coins and paperclips off the floor.

  4. 4 Smokey Jan 19th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I don’t think I would pay $300 bucks for a pair of orange gloves…no matter how many paper clips I can pick up off the floor.

  5. 5 jerimy Jan 19th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    How is the fit of the TLT5 compared to a Zzero4? I know the BSL is much shorter, but do the sizes run similarly?

  6. 6 randosteve Jan 19th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    The fit is more like a titan…volume wise. The Mountain has a thicker liner…so it fits tighter.

  7. 7 Adrian Jan 19th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    suprised to see long term revelstoke local like Greg band-wagoning the over use of the the term stoke. but i guess Revelbush no longer fits, nor would it sell skis.

    congrats on the step in a new direction Greg.

    back to my boycott the anything with Revy or Stoke in its name.

  8. 8 randosteve Jan 19th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    a name is only a name adrian. personally…i think it is a fun name for a ski. yeah…revelestoke has lot of things with stoke in their name…but i can’t even tell how many businesses in jackson have the word teton in them. doesn’t mean i need to boycott them though…or the tetons for that matter.

  9. 9 eric Jan 20th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    thanks for the update. i, for one, am pretty happy with how stiff manufacturers have been able to make their AT boots (e.g., titan), but i find myself hoping that some of the techniques for saving weight (e.g., from the DyNA) trickle into these boots.

    am i dreaming when i think about a boot at least the stiffness of the zzeus in a <=3.25 pound package?

    how close do these new boots come in terms of stiffnes and weight?

    *fingers crossed*

  10. 10 ptor Jan 20th, 2010 at 4:29 am

    At only 182cm, it might not stoke out larger skiers so much. Good to see smiling Greg revelling in his stoke.

  11. 11 randosteve Jan 20th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    eric…the TLT5 Performance comes in at 1115grams and the TF-X 1290. both i would say are a little step down in stiffness compared to the Zzero.

  12. 12 Omr Jan 20th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    ArkTurks makes great gear, but they require your left ovary in trade. Worth it? Plenty of comparable gear for less. They are going the way of NF, Ptg and MH, brand recognition and quantity sales is now the drivng force. Closer to home, how about CV?

  13. 13 gringo Jan 20th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    they look nice…but the Euros still cant get away from the pinner length ‘touring’ skis….

  14. 14 James Jan 20th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Steve. My foot is too wide for Zzeros. Could these boots be punched by a good tech or does the thinness of the shell and flexy part in the toe pretty much deem that out of the question?

    Adrian. Ya they should have named the ski something completely ambiguous and unknown. Now that would be marketing genius.

  15. 15 randosteve Jan 20th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    gringo…i have mentioned to dynafit that the STOKE should have a longer option…so maybe they will respond next year with something longer. I think they opted to have a shorter size for the ladies…as opposed to a 190 (or close to that) for people who like bigger skies. seems like the ladies would benefit from ski like the STOKE…so not a overall bad decision all and all

  16. 16 randosteve Jan 20th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    James…i’m not sure about how much the TLT5 can be punched out. i think it might be a little more related to the Grilamid plastic that they are made of…as oppposed to the thickness of the plastic. i’ll see what i can find out.

  17. 17 randosteve Jan 20th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    regarding the 2 radius of the STOKE…i’ve gotten some emails asking questions about the two different radius mentioned in the specs. the large number is the sidecut from the waist forward and keeps the ski from being too hooky…while the shorter number is the radius from the waist back…give the ski a bit more snap out of the turn.

  18. 18 Johan Jan 21st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    No bladder in the glove, just Gore-Tex fabric… sweet.

  19. 19 Derek Jan 21st, 2010 at 11:04 am

    After much consideration I think I will return all of my Cloudveil gear because it is all named after different runs or areas in Teton County. Who cares if it performs or not that’s not important I am SUPER HEADY LOCAL BRO AND ITS SO NOT COOL BRO. What a joke! That ski looks bad ass. Keep it coming.

  20. 20 Nick Jan 21st, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Steve – any intial thoughts on the Stoke after your test? How does it compare to the new BD ski that is the “lighter” Verdict (blanking on the name)?

  21. 21 Adrian Jan 21st, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    derek, down boy. it was ment as a joke, some gentle ribbing of a local inspiration. I would have gone with Captain Kirk (Selkirks get it? oh will the puns never end!) and a massive mural of the enterprise shreding lines through the unknown. but thats just me. good thing no one is even going to give me my own stick.

  22. 22 randosteve Jan 21st, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    johan…if you live in jackson…get in touch next week. i have a pair of the alpha sv gloves and will let you check them out.

  23. 23 randosteve Jan 21st, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    nick…both skis perform well in their own way. i think the black diamond drift is a bit stiffer over all…staying in line with the “all about the down mantra”…and better on harder snow. the stoke is very easy to turn in the powder…maybe because of its shorter length…and possible softer flex.

  24. 24 Johan Jan 22nd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Steve,

    I live in North Vancouver, home of Arc’teryx, and have seen some mysterious orange gloves around the mountains here…. test pairs perhaps. I’m excited for these!!

  25. 25 Vert Jan 23rd, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    wild gloves!…finally, something for hands that makes sense!!…if these stay dry like an arcteryx goretex jacket, it looks like the future of gloves has arrived…where can I find more information about these?

  26. 26 randosteve Jan 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    vert…i’m sure you will hear more about these gloves down the road. i’m one of the few people in the states to have a pair of these gloves right now.

  27. 27 Mike Traslin Jan 25th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Those boots look amazing!

    His own signature model????

  28. 28 Alan Scowcroft Feb 9th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I have been skiing the Dynafit Manaslu for two seasons now and can confirm that the dual sidecut really works, especially in deep or difficult snow. As for the gloves, I have only one question – when can I get some in Chamonix!!!!

  29. 29 randosteve Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    alan…not until next fall. start saving up! :)

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