This pretty much sums up my feelings on the Cho Oyu today!
Dynafit never fails to impress me with their skis.
And I don't always use them where and for what they were specifically designed for,
Which makes my impressions even more stunning to me when things go better than expected.
Here is a starter for some numbers and a comparison from an earlier post:
All are one skis weight with a Dynafit Low Tech Race, with steel springs (not Ti, +10g) mounted
167 x 74mm Broad Peak 1320g
171 x 80mm Nanga Parbat 1170g
174 x 89mm Cho Oyu 1210g
182 x 89mm Cho Oyu 1340g
182 x 106mm Grand Teton 1800g
As a reference...460g is a full 16oz. between 182 GT and Cho. So if you like to tour and can deal with a rockered 5 point 89mm ski to replace a 106mm basic trad built ski these days, that is a savings of 2# off your feet. And 2# is a big deal off your feet.
I've written a couple of things previous on the Cho here:
But after skiing the Cho today on lifts at Crystal Mtn WA I had to comment again. Boot top 2 day old freshies, to glare water ice down low on the mtn. these things ski like a decent down hill ski at 89 under foot. All done with a TLT P and soft green tongue on top of the ski. Solid performance..really solid! Impressive ski and so darn light they are nothing to carry on a skimo pack and feather weight to ski with for swing weight. I predict this ski will eventually be a huge hit for Dynafit once word really gets out just how good they really are. Light is one thing...ski performance another. The Cho has both in spades. Good enough edge/torsional rigidity in this one to ski the icecoast and light enough to haul up Rainier for a day shot or a 3 week trip to the South Summit of Denali. Solid enough to rip any chair lift line. Chair lift line? What am I thinking :) Really, really impressive little ski. FWIW I am 190#, 6'1" and been skiing a 182 every where. There is some actual tip rocker so they do ski a bit short. Everyday ski? ...190 would be fun. Touring mid winter? 182 is dialed. Gully summer/volcano ski? ...174 is going to be a feather and will rock your world I suspect. Other Dynafit skis have for me prior to the Cho. And dearly I love the pleasant surprises!!
Just wanted to share the love on this one ;-) But worth note I think. When I can ski a super light touring ski at a ski area with terrible snow conditions on what little snow there is and NEVER, EVER find the ski lacking....my thought is you might have one hell of an impressive back country ski under you! I
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