With end of season sales - if you can call this year in the Pacific Northwest much of a "ski season"- I have decided to treat myself with a late Christmas gift: A new daily driver ski for the PNW area and also travel for CO, UT, Whistler.
Originally, I was highly considering the Powertrak 89 in a 186 (based on my dimensions 6'2", 185 body weight and preferring off-piste). I like the older Dynastars and I also thought the Outland 87 would have been a good daily driver except for the weight with system bindings. I almost pulled the trigger last year on the Outlands after demoing them. I also have a pair of Legend PR 105 (184 cm) for resort skiing in deeper heavy snow and HM Cham 107 for backcountry use.
It seems that I can also get a good deal on the FX94 in a 176 or 186 cm at this time and am now wondering if one of those would not be a better daily driver for the PNW. I am an advanced/expert class who can pretty much ski the whole mountain although I tend to avoid icy steep double blacks as I like to play in the snow more. As I mentioned, I prefer to be off-piste although my new pair of skis, as a DD, would be expected to not embarrass me on hard-pack, groomers, or those icy/crusty morning runs. I might eventually get an ice-skate version of a ski for those really hard-pack groomer days that we seemed to encounter much more this year - I can always sharpen up my 178 Legend 8000 rock skis for that - but for now the DD should be able to stomach it.
By the way, haven't been able to demo either the Powertrak or the FX94; so, any thoughts on which would be a more versatile ski for my DD needs would be appreciated. I am leaning towards the Powertrak 89 (186 cm) thinking that it might be a bit more appropriate for those days with hardpack and or ice, but since I have skied neither skis, I am just guessing here. Have any of you skied both? Perhaps the FX94 in the shorter length, ie. 176 would be a better compromise, although that would be the shortest ski I have ever skied.
Appreciate any inputs.