OK, home now. Here are my notes from a demo in late July.
Dynastar Powertrack 89 – 126-89-110 in 179cm with a 17m radius
There were two new ranges of ski I really wanted to try this year: the Nordica NRGy series and Dynastar’s Powertrack models. Coming off the Cham series last year I was impressed with the Cham 97, but wished they’d continued the same construction for a narrower, high-80s waisted version. The Cham 87 feels a little unsupportive for someone my size, and the Cham 97 is just a little wide (and heavy) to be exactly what I’m after. Enter the Powertrack series, an evolution of Dynastar’s five-point design concept (the Cham) with the rocker dialled back noticeably and available in narrower waist widths to enhance front side performance. I’d been looking forward to trying these all year.
These have a wood-core + metal sandwich construction with a full length sidewall to support the edges and help provide some pop out of the turn.
I had to wait a little while until the longer 179cm version was available in the demo tent. Each time I came back I’d check in to see if they were there and, mostly, they were out on the hill. On the other hand, a guy my size (6'4"and 210lbs) would likely prefer the 186cm version, although that wasn't available at all on this day.
After clicking into these they looked and felt a little odd. The metal tip protector looks like it’s off a narrower ski, and the mounting position feels quite a long way forward – it feels like there’s a lot of tail hanging out the back.
In action they’re a very effective ski. They hook up nicely. They can be carved into quite a tight turn, without losing any support from the tail, and they can easily pivot out of that carve without complaint. They also provide a nice kick coming out of turns – the kind of rebound energy that puts a grin on your face that just won’t go away.
I don’t have a lot of time on Dynastar skis and these were a bit more playful than I was expecting after demoing the Cham 97, which is a more serious thing. On the other hand I still felt there was a lot of tail back there, and would have liked the chance to adjust myself backwards about an inch (or more) on the ski. Maybe next time.
TWS (three word summary) – “smile inducing ski”
Edited by sinbad7 - 1/17/15 at 11:24pm