The Dynastar Vertical Eagles tick most of the boxes for a very lightweight touring ski, and they are marketed by Dynastar as a serious mountaineering ski. I have used mine for local mountain races, early season backcountry, spring backcountry and steep couloirs. The skis are incredibly light, have a full sidewall and badass looks. They are stiff, stiff, stiff, from tip to tail. Almost too stiff for a great variety of uses. If I had to pick one specialty of this ski it would be as the manufacturers describe, "long, high alpine traverses in the Alps". Best used for steep, narrow couloirs where you need a tool to get you down safely rather that a fun all-around touring ski.
The Vertical Eagle is like a "race powder ski" for me. I say that because it is super lightweight (1,100g/ski) and its 87mm underfoot with a 120 shovel. I used it in the Power of 4 race in Aspen and the ski has the stiffness and stability underfoot to rocket down the steep, bumpy, powder or variable snow conditions that you may encounter in a ski mountaineering race. I can routinely beat competitors on 65mm underfoot race skis in the steepest terrain where they might have to pick their way down.
When paired with a mid-power boot, Its also an awesome choice for fast-and-light ascents and descents in the backcountry.
I have this ski and love it, but I don't see it marketed anymore. Does it still exist? If not, what has replaced it?
The Dynastar Vertical 88 is an option to replace the vertical Eagle. This is one of many options for lightweight touring skis out there. GIve us a call at 970-510-0450 and well tailor a setup to your specific needs.