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
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!
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!
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.