Whew, I thought the helmet thread would be a bit lively, but had no idea skin cutters would be such a hot issue. I need a vacation. How about Dynafit ski brakes?
By today’s standards a K2 Coomback at 102 mm underfoot is wide, but not jumbo. Dynafit’s third widest “stopper” is specified to handle a 102 mm ski in the enclosed paper but shown in catalog as ‘110’ and will indeed handle about 110 mm. Beyond that, they can be bent or otherwise modified to handle more, but now that Dynafit makes a 130 mm model that’s usually not necessary. Hey, I’m a blogger so some days I just write about what I’m up to. So, a few photos of my install of the 102/110 brake on the Coombacks. For the record.
Check this out for Dynafit ski brake install step-by-step details.
The Dynafit brakes I added to the Coombacks weigh 4.2 ounces each. Considering that, one of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce your system weight is to drop the 1/2 pound of Dynafit ski brakes and go to a leash system. I like ski brakes for avalanche terrain, but I often shift to leashes for spring mountaineering when avalanches are less of a concern, and the days can be big and strenuous at Colorado’s high altitudes.
Blog post about Dynafit safety thong to replace brakes, designed to break away in severe fall or avalanche, use with caution.
Bollinger B&D ski leashes, very popular.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.