Seeing—and skiing on—gear before it comes out is cool, and always makes me feel a bit like I'm part of the "in" crowd (finally). A recent jaunt into the backcountry with Crested Butte's Irwin Guides and Dynafit ambassador Donny Roth was the perfect opportunity to preview some of Dynafit's new women's gear that will launch Fall '16.
With last year's hard-charging Chugach and Hokkaido skis, Dynafit introduced its free touring line. The addition of the Sphinx ski expands the existing line to include their first women's-specific free touring ski. Designed specifically for the North American market, the line gives you just what you'd need to get uphill, and more importantly, everything you'd want for the downhill. Namely, a solid ski that instills confidence in serious no-fall zone terrain with features like double ellipse rocker, which gives you more effective edge in steep, icy terrain.
Dynafit didn't stop at a women’s ski—a women-specific TLT7 Performance boot hits stores this fall, too. One hundred and twenty grams lighter than its predecessor, the TLT7 is constructed from grilamid and carbon, making it the perfect boot to pair with the Sphinx. Tech inserts on the new model are set slightly farther back on the forefoot for a more natural pivot point while climbing than in past models.
When it comes to Dynafit's free touring apparel, it's all about the fit. Say goodbye to awkward euro-cut, tight-fitting pants. (Yay!) The new women's Yotei shell and pants are made with Gore-Tex C-Knit for added breathability and welcome additions to any backcountry kit. Plenty of room through the legs for taking big steps (but still fitted enough for a harness), dedicated beacon pocket, lightweight, and with a detachable waist gaiter for deep days. The shell follows suit with enough room for comfortable layering underneath, but is still on the slim side so navigating with a pack on is streamlined. Cool design features (like a tiny pocket inside the hip pocket) are sure to win you over, and hopefully make you feel like part of the "in" crowd, too.
Skiing Hot: Lady-shredders deserve hard-charging gear, too.
Skiing Not: The Pink Power Ranger called, she was not happy about her style being poached. Try mixing and matching colors instead, both shell and pants come in pink and orange.