Jean H

Why I climbed a mountain with 23-yr old skis

These skis are 2 decades old. They may look a bit old-fashioned, but I took them out last Saturday. They helped me climb from 1000 to 3200 meters and then treated me with an awesome ski descent before I put them back on the shoulders.

They were built in the days where quality was more important than marketing – actually, quality WAS the marketing. These skis were Made in France 🇫🇷, built to last, designed to honor the reputation of a brand.

I own another 3 pairs of skis, all younger, fancier, with nice stories around them, but none is on par with those Dynastar Vertical in terms of finish, durability and specs… Simply put, the skis in best cosmetic shape are the oldest.

And you, which vintage gear are you still using ?

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Jean H

Jean H

Photographer, based in Switzerland. Member of Hemis photo agency.