Dynastar Powertrack 89 Ski Review 2017 ReviewOctober 22, 2016
- Super damp
- Solid edge hold
- Good versatility
- The faster you go, the better it performs
- Quick edge changes
- At the top end, the performance is not as robust
- Very little float
- Better on piste
- Needs to be on edge
- Slightly narrow for this category
This is a great frontside ski, with excellent control, precision, and edge-hold, particularly in hardpack bumps and on the groomed. It handles a variety of turns well, and will thrill skiers who like to carve a fine edge. That being said, this is the All Mountain category, and the Powertrack is not up to par in terms of off-piste versatility and soft snow float. It's an awesome pick of your definition of all mountain is almost exclusively hardpack.
Dynastar’s Powertrack 89 is well-named, with a reliable propensity to grab hold of an edge and not let go until you make the weight shift. With moderate tip and tail rocker and a progressive sidecut, it’s very easy to initiate, very easy to load a carve, and very fun to see just how deep you can drive each arc. The more technically minded the tester, the more they loved the 89.
Still, it is more on-piste focused, with much better precision on hardpack. The float is negligent, and the narrower waist gets rattled whenever deeper conditions invite you to plow instead of carve. If all-around hardpack snow is what you consider All Mountain skiing, this is a great pick.Continue Reading
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.