Hagan X-Race Skis & Dyanfit Low Tech Race

2012/13 Hagan X-Race mounted with Dynafit Low Tech Race.

2012/13 Hagan X-Race mounted with Dynafit Low Tech Race bindings.  Skis are well under the Mfg spec.

When I made the decision to lighten up my gear for the upcoming race season, I figured I would go all-in or likely be left chasing those who upgraded.  There are many factors to weigh when evaluating skimo race skis.  Weight is usually the first spec that one will look at when comparing options but most brands spec in at 700g +/- 20g.  Manufacturing tolerances are comparable to the variation between different manufacturers so I would consider weight to pretty much be a wash amongst all brands.  Head on over to Skintrack for an in-depth comparison on skis, boots, and bindings.

Durability is more important to me as I don’t want to be ponying up the $$ for a new pair of race skis every season.  After less than one season on the original Dynafit Race Performance (re-branded ski made by Blizzard (Crazy Idea made the original DyNA World Cup)) the cap/sidewall started to delaminate in the center of one ski.  Dynafit replaced the skis with a new pair and has since switched manufacturing of its new DyNA/PDG skis to Blizzard Fischer.

The Hagan X-Race is a skimo race ski with a manufacturer’s claimed weight of 700g.  I didn’t get a chance to put my skis on the scale before they were mounted, but I did weigh the Dynafit Low Tech Race bindings at 139g per pair (with screws).  A post mount weight of my skis came in at 804g for one and 805g for the other.  That is a surprising 35g under the spec!

Hagan X-Race mounting position.

Hagan X-Race mounting position.

The more forward mounting position allows you you have shorter skins, increasing glide on the skintrack.  At first, the more forward position gives a different feel when skiing but after a few laps it no longer mattered.  I have only had the opportunity to ski the X-Race on the groomers but have been impressed with their performance, especially due to the lack of mass.  Hopefully I can get them in some powder soon!

Dynafit Low Tech Race Binding (Left) vs. Low Tech Lite Binding (Right). Notice the much larger slot in the toe pin.

Dynafit Low Tech Race Binding (Left) vs. Low Tech Lite Binding (Right). Notice the much larger slot in the toe pin of the Race Binding.

Upon inspection of the Low Tech Race Binding, I noticed that the toe pin slot is much larger and also extends much further towards the tip.  Piquing my curiosity, a little research yielded a new patent on the toe pins that allows better pincer penetration into snow-packed boot toe sockets, e.g. from a boot-pack.  I’ve had that problem before.  Stepping into the Low Tech Race automatically puts the binding in touring position.  However, you can further engage the lever to increase the release value.

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3 Responses to Hagan X-Race Skis & Dyanfit Low Tech Race

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  2. “After less than one season on the original Dynafit Race Performance (re-branded ski made by Crazy Idea) the cap/sidewall started to delaminate in the center of one ski. Dynafit replaced the skis with a new pair and has since switched manufacturing of its new DyNA/PDG skis to Blizzard.”
    – The Dynafit Race Performance skis that broke on you last year (and which Dynafit replaced for you) are definitely made by Blizzard. The distinctive tip shape looks exactly like the Blizzard Mountain Attack R (http://www.blizzard-ski.com/int/products/detail/product/show/mountain-attack-r.html), and I know that Blizzard used to make other skis for Dynafit.
    – The Dynafit World Cup rando race skis that broke on Josh last year were made by Crazy Idea.
    – The new Dynafit DyNA & PDG skis don’t look like any other skis on the market. The new rumor is that Fischer will make Dynafit skis for 2013-14, but the DyNA/PDG sure doesn’t look at all like the Fischer RCX.
    Now let’s just hope nothing breaks for anyone this weekend at Berkshire East!

    • jerimyarnold says:

      I (incorrectly) assumed that the old World Cup and Race Performance were made by the same manufacture. Both race skis sold by Dynafit (with two different manufacturers) had breakage problems! Lets hope that Fischer makes some more durable rando race skis.

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