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
Fat but light!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Beast 108 is an amazingly light ski for its width and gets you to the top of the mountain with plenty of energy left to enjoy the ride down. In fact, getting an extra lap on a powder day is a real possibility with this super lightweight ski. The Beast 108 loves the powder and ripping big, fast turns is a blast on these boards! For such a light ski, it handles variable snow conditions surprisingly well and if the snow gets a little funky it doesn’t get tossed around as much as some other skis I’ve been on this year. My other main pair of skis are a bit shorter and more nimble in tight trees or narrow chutes but when the terrain is open the Beast rules!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Beast 108 excels in deep powder and off piste skiing conditions. This ski loves to go fast and carve large arching turns. The super light weight and full rocker profile make the 108 a really fun big mountain ski that will leave a smile on your face and remind you why you fell in love with skiing in the first place. The only thing that this ski may be lacking is its control-ability in firm or icy skiing conditions. You may feel that these skis can get away from you fast in steep confined icy trail skiing. Overall I'm super psyched on the 108's and as a guide and sponsored athlete I love skiing the 108's and 98's.
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.....
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.