Price US $700

Dynastar Powertrack 84 Ski Review

Dynastar Powertrack 84 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Dynastar  Powertrack 84 is a front-side all-mountain ski with a very fun and lively rebound energy and a relatively easy to ski attitude. I don’t think I’d recommend this to hard charging ex-racer types that really want to drive a ski hard, but for intermediate to advanced level carvers looking for an exciting ride in a relatively easy to ski package, this could be it.

Dynastar Powertrack 84 On-Mountain Video Ski Review

Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O

Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120

Bindings: 

Size: 176cm

Days: 1

Riders: Matt

Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Steep Hard Packed

Ski Personality: The Dynastar Powertrack 84 is a versatile all-mountain front-side ski that feels like a fun and energetic carver.

On the Snow Feel: The Dynastar Powertrack 84 felt semi-stable on snow. It’s light-weight Paulownia wood core and heavy tip taper and rocker give the ski a slightly loose and playful feel when on low edge angles, and more stable and locked in when on edge.

Powder: The Powertrack 84 was perfectly fine for dust on crust, but isn’t really going to be your powder ski.

Turn Initiation and Carving: The Dynastar Powertrack 84 is a lightweight and maneuverable ski at slower speeds, but it still likes to be driven to get on a high edge angle. The soft flex is forgiving, and I found that even though it wanted to be driven, I wasn’t going to be punished for skidding into the turn. Initiation felt smooth, and the more I bent the ski, the more it came to life. I really enjoyed the lively and energetic rebound. It was fun at short to medium radius turns, and varying turn shape was easy to do. Still, I think some heavy and aggressive skiers will find this ski under-powered. I kept thinking the ski felt light, but lively.

Speed: The Dynastar Powertrack 84 is a fun ski at moderate speeds, and I Never noticed tip chatter or catchiness. Still, it’s a pretty lightweight ski, with a moderately soft flex. I think it would be easy to overpower this ski, and the faster you go, the more it will feel out of place.

Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Powertrack 84 does okay in variable snow, and did really well on dust on crust. Still, the ski jut feels a bit too light and soft to really blast through crud with any speed. Especially as the chop gets deeper. I think it will do okay for shallow tracked out snow, and will probably even float pretty well at higher speeds. Just don’t expect it to blast through as well as the Kastle FX 84 HP (which in itself is even a bit limited).

Edge Hold: Overall edge hold was solid, but I did have one issue with slipping in some really steep hard pack on the upper parts of the mountain. I wouldn’t say it couldn’t handle hard pack, but it also isn’t very at home on steep icy pitches.

Bottom Line: I really think this could be a really fun ski for less aggressive front-side all-mountain skiers that are going to spend a lot of time on groomed terrain. It has a very fun and lively rebound energy and wasn’t overly difficult to turn or vary turn shape. I feel that aggressive skiers will probably find it a bit too soft and under-powered for high speed or aggressive carving. It did okay in shallow chop, but probably won’t fair super well in deep chop or tracked out conditions.

 

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Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Skier Level

Intermediate - Advanced

Ski Style

All-Mountain Frontside

Ski Width

Regular

Ski Shape

Directional

Camber Profile

Rocker/Camber/Rocker

Core Material

Wood

Turning Radius

15m

Manufactured in

On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Moderate

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Versatility

Some

Playfulness

Some

Powder

Poor

Carving

Good

Speed

Average

Uneven Terrain

Average

Switch

Poor

Moguls

Good

Trees

Average

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Poor