Say Goodbye to Sweaty Balls – Dynafit Yotei Jack & Pants Review
For a while there they nicknamed me Cowboy Bond in the backcountry, ’cause I was walkin’ with such a wide stride to avoid more crotch chafe from being stuck in ski pants in hot spring/summer weather. OK, enough about my crotch, lets move onto something better (if there is such a thing). I’ve had the opportunity to take some of Dynafit’s new ski touring apparel for a spin this winter, and the first thought that crossed my mind was “goodbye sweaty balls, hello big spring ski touring missions”. If you’d prefer the former, these pants aren’t for you, and you’re weird. But if you like big spring ski touring missions, keep reading.
Dynafit’s new Yotei Jacket and Yotei Pants are so damn light it feels like you’re skiing with Saran wrap on, only luckily it’s super breathable and not transparent, otherwise I’d be back to the sweaty balls and they’d be on display for all to enjoy. Luckily it ain’t spandex either, which is the other thing that came to mind when I heard Dynafit was getting into freeride touring apparel. Like what, baggy spandex for North American skiers?
Alas no Euro-trash jokes apply to the Yotei. It’s a real contender and my favourite ski touring suit yet – and I’ve had a lot of ski suits. Heck they even went a step further and translated the sizing between Europe and North America… so that you don’t have to upsize just to look gangsta.
Here’s some findings from our super scientific gear lab:
Ultra light and breathable – I’m no scientist, but the suit is made with GORE-TEX’s new 3-Layer GORE C-KNIT Backer Technology, which they boast as 15% more breathable and 10% lighter than their previous 3-layer fabric. I can’t confirm or deny, but I can say it is definitely light as a feather, and I’m still breathing.
Pockets in Pockets – Little stash pockets inside bigger pockets make it easier to sort your junk while ski touring. The key to a big backcountry day is avoiding frequent stops, so the more you can stash in your layers the better.
Arm Zips – Easier to access while wearing a backpack.
Big Hood – Helmet compatible.
Removable Pow Skirt – Save some weight/bulk if you’re not going to be hot-tub carcass hucking that day.
Removable Bib – Bibs can be awesome, but sometimes shoulder straps are annoying when you’ve got a heavy backpack. The adjustable waist straps are handy enough that you can ditch the bib and still keep your pants on.
Colours – If I was in charge of colours there would be more to choose from than just hot orange and baby blue. But then again, maybe not everything in my life needs to be fluorescent green and black.
Resort Ripping – While this is a fully competent alpine ski suit, it’s so darn light that it just seems like you’re asking for trouble if you where it day in / day out while bashing resort laps. You’ll feel like you forgot your pants while you’re sitting on a cold lift, and the thin suit might not embrace resort-skiing abuse as well as a burlier suit. But hey, a heavy burly suit would suck on a big tour, so you can’t have it both ways kid.
If you like sweaty balls, go skiing in plastic wrap or keep your heavy old suit. Or do some googling to find out what ‘Doglotion’ really means. But if you’d rather stop thinking about balls and turn your attention to a huge peak in your local backcountry zone, get in my pants (I mean in the Dynafit Yotei Jacket and Pants) then give’er.
And of course it’s winter tradeshow season, so Dynafit’s next round of bad-ass backcountry outerwear has likely just launched. We’ll do some recon and see what they have brewing next.