The Dynastar Powertrack 89 is pretty much unchanged for 2016. Dynastar was going for a lot with the Powertrack 89. They claim they have combined the best of a freeride ski in an all mountain design that gives this one ski quiver a huge sweet spot and super versatile ride. Although this is still a narrow <90mm ski, they come pretty close to a one ski quiver with the Dynastar Powertrack 89.
2016 Dynastar Powertrack 89 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Lange SPX 12
On the Snow Feel: Dynastar says the Powertrack 89 has a rocker tip and tail, but I found the tail to be pretty flat. There was a slight upturn, but that’s about it. Rocker in the tip helps to make the ski a bit more maneuverable, but this is far from a “playful” ski. The Powertrack Profile was inspired by a 5 point sidecut and helps to keep the ski stable, without being too catchy or locked in.
Powder: It’s important to keep in mind that we are talking about a <90mm ski with the Dynastar Powertrack 89. It’s not going to have the float of wider all-mountain skis, and if you like to ski on top of powder, the Powertrack isn’t your ski. Instead, the Powertrack has a good amount of rocker, soft flexing shovel, and wide taper. This will keep the tips of the Powertrack pointing up while the 89mm base will give you just enough float to ski THROUGH the powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Dynastar calls the Powertrack and experts ski, but it had surprisingly soft shovels compared to others in this category. That’s not to say the shovels are soft, but softer than you would expect for an expert ski. When you combine this with the Powertrack Profile the ski is actually surprisingly easy to get on edge, and it responded well even at slower speeds. Don’t let this fool you though, this isn’t a beginners ski. Sure it was relatively easy to get the ski to bend into a carve, but if you didn’t stay on top of your game it was easy for the Powertrack to throw you off course. There is a lot of traditional camber underfoot, creating a lot of pop out of a turn. At the same time, the small amount of rocker in the tapered tip, allowed the ski to be quite quick from edge to edge. Best of all, the Powertrack Profile allows you to vary your turn shape with ease, and the ski was happy with short, medium, or long radius turns.
Speed: The Dynastar Powertrack 89 has two layers of titanal to help dampen vibrations at speed. In short to medium radius turns the Dynastar Powertrack 89 was lively and quick, but it was also a lot of fun to open them up and let them run. In this category I feel the Blizzard Brahma has a bit of an edge in dampness, but I don’t feel like the Powertrack is too far behind. On smooth groomers the Powertrack had great stability at speed, and it was only in roughed up conditions that I found myself slowing down a bit. Here the tapered tip reduces the edge just enough to lose a bit of confidence.
Uneven Terrain: I was pretty surprised that for an expert ski with two sheets of titanal they never felt super stiff or heavy. This was most noticeable when skiing really fast in the variable terrain. For me, the ski was less willing to blast through the crud as much as it wanted to absorb the terrain. Heavy more damp skis like the Blizzard Brahma do a great job blasting through the crud, and although the Dynastar Powertrack 89 still does a decent job of this, I found myself wanting to ski a bit looser, absorbing the terrain rather than blasting through it. When skiing like this, the Powertrack does a good job on the crud, and it was only when it really hardened up that I found myself slowing down a bit.
Moguls: I think I was most surprised by the Powertracks quickness. It’s a beefy ski, but it never felt heavy, and dull. The Traditional camber underfoot provides great pop, and the tapered tip really allows you to swing this ski around. The only downside here is that the ski isn’t the most forgiving, and can punish you if you don’t stay on top of your game. In that sense it’s not all that different from the Blizzard Brahma, although the Dynastar Powertrack 89 seems quicker.
Edge Hold: With a significant amount of camber underfoot you won’t be surprised that the Dynastar Powertrack 89 has good edge hold, but the rockered tip is definitely noticeable. The heavy taper decreases the length of the effective edge, and although the edge hold is good, it’s not great on really firm snow or ice.
Flex: I was pretty surprised with the flex of the Dynastar Powertrack 89. Both the tails and underfoot are quite stiff, and it’s really quite stiff all the way to the shovel. Here, however, the ski is much softer, making the Powertrack a bit more forgiving and quit easy to flex in the turn.
The Dynastar Powertrack 89 is a fantastic all mountain frontside ski. It’s really fun carving short to medium radius turns, but also can handle the speed and variable terrain. It also floats better than most other <90mm skis, and offers a bit more versatility for those who want to explore more than just the frontside groomers. This would make a great variable snow ski in places that don’t see a ton of powder, and a great frontside ski for when the snow isn’t at its best. The Dynastar Powertrack 89 also offers enough float and fun powder performance for the days the groomers see a bit more snow. I found it to be most fun when driving the ski hard, you just got a lot back when you did, but even when skiing more relaxed, the Powertrack was easy to ski and still responded really well.