The Huascaran…Dynafit’s New F12 Landfish

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Remember when Dynafit was known for making ultra-skinny and short skis for rando’ers that liked to spoon tight wiggle turns and put in low angle skin tracks? Well, they still make skis for that, but for next fall, Dynafit will add a new stick its collection called the Huascaran (a 6,768m peak in Peru) that will one-up the Stoke as their flagship powder slaying ski and is sure to be a hit with the fat and baggy crowd.

Nice, progressive tip rise on the Dynafit Huascaran.

The Huascaran (AKA, the Landfish…for it’s swimming through powder characteristics) will be the widest ski in the Dynafit line next winter, having a profile of 136/115/125mm and will be available in 167/177/186/196cm lengths.   While the Huascaran is relatively fat, it is constructed out of bamboo, beach, paulownia and ISO-core (a mix of foam and fiberglass), which keeps it light.  The Huascaran weighs in at only 8.4lbs (186cm), which puts it right in the same weight/size category as a Black Diamond Carbon Justice, and other Voile or DPS ski options.

With a long progressive rise in the tip, not only will the Huascaran keep you on top of the lightest and deepest powder when you are shredding downhill, but it will also rise to the surface when you are breaking trail and skinning through really deep snow.  On the other side of the equation, and to add some bite to the edging power of the Huascaran, Dynafit used a hybrid cap/sidewall construction which adds torsional rigidity through a cap on top of the ski, as well as durability and better power transmission to the edges by having a traditional, albeit small,  sidewall.

Mini-sidewalls add durability and edge grip.

The Huascaran has what Dynafit is labeling “triple-turing-radius”, meaning the front of the ski has a different turning radius than the middle of the ski, and both have a different turning radius than the tail of the ski.  At 20m under the foot, this side-cut is good for firmer snow conditions, while a larger side-cut at the tip keeps them from being too hooky in softer snow.  This  side-cut shape, along with the Huascaran’s pin-tail, allows for easy initiation , as well as slashy finishes to your powder turns.

I definitely enjoyed skiing the Huascaran over the past few weeks and it was pretty hard to bury the tip in deep powder, even though the mount for my BSL was quite forward. Turns were a breeze and I mostly skied them with my BD Quadrant boots since the skis I had were the 186cm length. At 176cm, I would probably use them with my TLT5 boots. Look for the Huascaran next season, I think you will like it!


18 Responses to “The Huascaran…Dynafit’s New F12 Landfish”

  1. 1 N Jan 11th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I hope that they have re-worked their insert system, for I ripped out FTs from the Stokes on two separate occasions before ditching Dynafit skis altogether. Love the look of these though!

  2. 2 randosteve Jan 11th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    sing praise n…no inserts on the huascaran! :)

    i dislike inserts mainly for the lack of flexibility when mounting. glad to see them go away on this ski.

  3. 3 N Jan 11th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Ah yes, I missed the photo at the bottom right. Have you skied any of the new boot line? The Vulcan is looking pretty sweet.

  4. 4 randosteve Jan 11th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    not yet, n. i saw images of all the new boots yesterday, but should be able to get on some next week at the outdoor retailer demo day.

    i think most people that have been on the TLT5′s the past couple years, will probably gravitate to the One and Vulcan boots for more durability and support.

    the boots look nice and the One boots seem to be of similar weight to Scarpa Meastrales, while the Vulcan boots are similar in weight to a Quadrant.

  5. 5 Brian Jan 11th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Having some “issues” with the stoke inserts, I’ve said ever since I returned them on warranty “just get rid of the inserts, and it’s an alright lightweight fat ski”. this is a good development.

  6. 6 randosteve Jan 11th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    agreed…and hope they do the same with the stoke and manaslu.

  7. 7 Kirk Turner Jan 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Awesome! Progressive rocker looks nice, wish they were about 4mm wider in the tip, would be right up there with the carbon justice. How much camber underfoot do they have? Justice is pretty flat, wondering if they might be just a little more versital…. this with vulcans would be a kick a$$ combo

  8. 8 deez Jan 11th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    115 under foot isn’t necessary, but its good to have choices, or to be able to think that its a good idea to have a choice, or to at least have the chance to demo a pair and realize the stoke is better especially if you are spending 80% of your day trudging uphill.

    This ski would be a good alternative for someone skiing with a wide stance. Or someone who has a wide stance while using an airport bathroom, or James Musclow, which is kinda the same thing. Bwaaaahaaaaaahaaaa.

  9. 9 randosteve Jan 11th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Nothing is necessary, deez…but 115 sure is fun in the pow!

  10. 10 wyomingowen Jan 11th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    It must be easy to theorize while getting sonned gapping jakking half sets in a dirty city.

    I’ll take your comments as defrement to someone whom is getting it done. I’ll let you know how it feels underfoot.

    Sorry your skis are so skinny

  11. 11 RolyatB Jan 11th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Ya, my Stokes blew up too. After only 7 days of skiing on them the tip was delaminating, blown side wall and edge, and over all haggerd look. This ski looks spooky similiar to the Stoke. DARN!

  12. 12 N Jan 11th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    True Rolyatb, though I’m hoping that they’ve learned something from the stoke. It’s really too bad, for their skinner skis, bindings, and boots are bomber. What went wrong with the stoke? I really haven’t seen anything directly from dynafit about their unreliability, but I have heard a lot of negative experiences concerning them from other folks here in CO.I’m just happy that both of my pull-outs we’re on mellow terrain and not whilst in a steep couloir or some other “no fall zone.”

  13. 13 N Jan 11th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    “Were on,” rather. Damn iPhone auto-correct!

  14. 14 Bee Jan 11th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    There must be something wrong with my aesthetic sensibilities. While I would be happy to have ‘em in the tool box, the graphics look like something to please the 14-year-old mind.

    Why is tacky popular? Snowboards?

    It’s like one of those holiday sweaters.

  15. 15 Jesse Jan 11th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Hey Bee,
    Seriously??? Leave snowboards out of it…..what are we 12?

  16. 16 Nick Jan 13th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    These look awesome. I have been rocking the combo of a Mustagh AT SL for spring/corn (ps – I LOVE that ski) and the Stoke for powder. Stoke is fun, but something with a tad more width and early rise tip is always nice for a pure powder ski.

    Not rushing to pick these up, but will be fun to read the reviews.

    I haven’t run into any issues with the durability of my Stokes (but I am not out on them every day or anything like that).

  17. 17 Chris Jan 14th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Any chance of getting a full-length photo of these so we can see the full rocker/camber profile? That would be very cool. Thanks!

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