This beast belongs in wild snow.
Keeping the Dynafit Beast 108 Ski on groomers in the resort would be like keeping a majestic polar bear in a zoo. With a full rocker profile and backcountry-focused dimensions, the Beast 108 belongs where the snow is deep and the terrain is limitless. Now, if you're thinking a Dynafit ski with freeride dimensions and a full rocker profile sounds familiar, then you've probably heard of the Chugach and Hokkaido skis. Built on the same platform as these skis, the Beast 108 employs the Double Elipse Rocker profile that matches the sidecut and rocker profile to allow the effective edge to either shorten or lengthen as you roll the skis on edge. This gives the ski a predictable, hook-free feel whether you're edging down variable conditions in the alpine or arcing wide-open turns down a big apron. Where the Beast really differentiates itself from its predecessors, though, is with a lighter construction that trims just under nine ounces from the original Chugach.
- Backcountry-focused ski designed for skiing creative lines
- Versatile 108mm waist for powder and bouts of variable snow
- Sidecut and rocker profile match for a predictable feel
- Full sidewalls increase durability and stability at speed
- Carbon and fiberglass stringers add torsional rigidity
- Notched tip is compatible with Dynafit skins
- Q & A
The Chugach on a Diet
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Full disclosure: I was involved in the design and development of these skis, but am my own harshest critic.
The bottom line: The Chugach we all grew to know and love but +/_ 250g per ski lighter.
The Beast 108 shares the same shape, rocker profile, and construction as the award winning Chugach, but in a lighter package. Nearly half the weight reduction was achieved with 0 performance loss. Simply by using a thinner top sheet (plastic layer that protects the cosmetics of the ski) and replacing the aluminum tip/skin fixation piece with ABS (same material as most sidewalls) we were able to loose over 100 grams. The remaining weight loss was achieved by using a slightly lighter weight fiberglass in our lay-up and reducing the dimensions of the ash stringers in our poplar/ash core. Edges and bases remain full thickness and materials remain the same. The result is a ski that retains 95% of the performance but is over a pound per pair lighter than the Chugach! Unless you were finding the upper limits of the Chugach, (I know I wasn't) most people will be hard pressed to notice a difference downhill. In fact, Powder Magazine gave the Beast 108 a Skiers Choice Award against a stacked field of much heavier alpine skis. Where you notice the difference is on the way up. You'll be hard pressed to find a better performance to weight ratio out there. They float, they carve, they slide and and they slarve.
Note: the development of the Chugach and Hokkaido were a huge departure from Dynafit's past designs. We were primarily focused on getting the shapes and rocker profiles dialed. Happy with our shapes, our main focus with the Beast line was refining the construction and loosing as much weight as possible with minimal performance loss. I was extremely skeptical how much weight could be lost before there would be a noticeable difference in the downhill performance. I was amazed with the results and think you will be too. At least I hope so.....