The Dynafit Beast 108 is a rock-solid companion. The more you push it, the more confidence it instills. Open it up and carve beautiful, large radius turns in steep chalky snow, or load up the tip, scrub speed, and utilize the pop to navigate moguls in a Zen-like hovercraft mode. Although Dynafit’s product line has varied significantly over the generations, their focus on ingenuity and engineering has been a constant. The Beast 108 features sidewall construction with an ash/poplar core for minimal weight with maximum power. Negative camber in the tip and tailor “Elliptical Rocker,” as Dynafit calls it--allows the effective edge to increase as you progressively roll the ski into a turn. This design provides a stable platform that helps the ski bust loose and pivot very easily at any time. With sizes ranging from 173 to 194 centimeters, the Beast 108 comes in a full spectrum of options for skiers of all heights and weights.
After a few hot laps of chalky wind buff under the Challenger Chair, our group migrated over to a mid-mountain lodge for margaritas followed by some groomers. Considering that Dynafit is a backcountry ski company, the Beast 108 skied well here, too. The ski tracked well, maintained solid edgehold, and was extremely predictable and damp at speed.
Overall, this is an excellent ski that’s light for touring but perfectly at home in variable snow conditions and lift-served terrain. It’s also Dynafit athlete Cody Barnhill’s go-to choice for ski touring, Screamin’ Seaman 360s in the park, and everything in between. --Sam Cox