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K2 Pinnacle 95 or Dynastar 97

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88 - 108 is missing from my quiver but I'm looking for something that is light enough to day tour on.

Current quiver
Salomon x race 170
Blizzard Brahma
Kastle BMX 108

I've owned Dynastar Legend 8000 and K2 Apache Chief and the K2 XP which was a similar ski to the Recon.

Of course I expect this post to attract 'other' suggestions but I was hoping for a comparison between the two skis from someone who has skied them.

The idea is to find a 90 something ski which is light enough to skin up 500 - 1000 but NOT skittish. I climb to ski!!

My playground is the Dolomites in Italy where we can access huge amounts of backcountry using lifts and a small hike or we can make day tours far away from the lifts.

Looking forward to hearing some advice.
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Sorry we missed this thread. What are you putting on for bindings, Tech Alpine or Duke/Guardian? I haven't put them on the scales but I think the Dynastar will be a tad lighter. Are you more concerned with uphill or downhill performance? Playfulness or Power? Both of these skis have no similarities to you past Dynastars or K2's, they are modern incarnations in shape, performance and versatility. I do think the Cham 97 2.0 has a much better shape and flex compared to the first generation. The K2 is all new for them and coming to the party later than the other brands with this shape, I think they have avoided some of the previous offerings by making less changes than more. I personally like the K2 over this Dynastar for downhill performance but I prefer a playful ski that is poppy but I was not looking at uphill performance, but I think the Dynastar might have a slight edge there. You have three skis that excel downhill, the K2 might give you a playful option but if you want to keep your current feel going, the Cham 97 2.0 could be a fine choice. 

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Wat Phil sed.
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Thanks Phil, great answers

I'm thinking of putting a tech binding on. Possible the viper or plum guide.

There are a lot of light carbon skis out there to satisfy the free touring movement but I just don't want to get caught out with something twitchy

Both the k2 and the dynastar weigh in well under 4 kilos so I guess with a tech binding they are light enough for what I have in mind

Have you skied the Scott Superguide 95? This weighs under 3 kilos and folk say it's not twitchy

Thanks in advance
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Another quick question Phil

You think the k2 would make a more playful addition to my quiver? And the dynastar skis along the lines of the skis I already own. Could you clarify please
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Another quick question Phil

You think the k2 would make a more playful addition to my quiver? And the dynastar skis along the lines of the skis I already own. Could you clarify please

 

The Pinnacle is an easier (but no less of a ski) ski to ski than the Cham 97. It has a bigger sweet spot making it a but more relaxed. The Cham 97 wants a more of your attention more of the time and has a more positive feel on the snow. The skis you have are all on that more positive side of the scale like the Cham. It comes down to how you want the balance and what you enjoy in the characteristics of a ski. You already have three stronger skis and that might very well be your preference. There is not a bad choice between these two, just the flavor you like. 

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Thanks for the very precise answer

A third ski has caught my attention - skilogik Urls chariot BC

Has anyone skied it? If you have Phil it would be great to hear your thoughts
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Thanks for the very precise answer

A third ski has caught my attention - skilogik Urls chariot BC

Has anyone skied it? If you have Phil it would be great to hear your thoughts

It has been a few years since I have been on the Chariot. IIRC it is a real nice ski with some of the most beautiful graphics offered on a ski. I do recall it being a bit heavy (someone correct me if that is incorrect) compared to the other two skis you are considering something to consider if uphill performance is important. 

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The BC version of Urls Chariot is 3300 kilos in 174
If th BC versions skis like the heavier rocker or twin tip versions maybe this is the way to go.
They look wonderful with my Panda Poles ;-)
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The BC version of Urls Chariot is 3300 3.3 kg ( I hope) in 174
If th BC versions skis like the heavier rocker or twin tip versions maybe this is the way to go.
They look wonderful with my Panda Poles ;-)

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