Gear of the Show 2015: Dynafit Chugach Skis

The experts of light and fast branch out with a burly charger.

The Chugach is the first of Dynafit's skis designed by North American Athletes. (Dynafit)
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We don't typically associate Dynafit with versatile big mountain skis. The Austrian company—makers of some of the best, lightest alpine touring bindings on the market—is better known for gear designed to go uphill, not down. Traditionally, its skis have always been lightweight and fast, best suited to ski mountaineering and long backcountry tours.

That's why we're so excited about the new Chugach, the Austrian company’s first ski designed by their North American athletes. It's an ample 108 mm underfoot, with an ash and poplar wood core, and an a unique rocker profile—Dynafit calls it “elliptical”—that helps create a longer effective edge when you’re carving them on hardpack.

At four and a half pounds per ski, the Chugachs are hefty by Dynafit standards, which should help them blast through crud. In other words, it’s the first Dyanfit ski we’ve seen that we would consider skiing all day at the resort—and mounting with traditional alpine bindings. Available winter 2015-2016.

Read about our other Gear of the Show winners from Winter Outdoor Retailer 2015. 

$800, dynafit.com

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