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Daily Driver for PNW - FX94 or Powertrak 89

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

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.

Thanks,

Nick

post #2 of 17
Both are much better skis than the outland. If you like a quicker/turnier feel, the PT are your ride. If you like smooth and super stable, the FX. Ski the 186.
post #3 of 17
You might also consider the fx 104.
post #4 of 17

When I go out west I take my FX94 and find them great except in the scraped off groomers. The Ski was very good in 20" of powder and can't be beat in crud, Dawgcatcher has them for $ 699 a very good deal

post #5 of 17

Like MarkOJP said.  And the FX94's are a notch stiffer.

 

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post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mark. Based on your reply and some other reading I have been doing, it seems that the Powertrack might be more adaptable to those days when I end up having to ski groomers - egaads - and or scraped off hardpack. Hence it might be a better all-around ski, although not great at  any one thing. I would probably think that the FX104 might really be just a different flavor, ie. softer version of my LPR 105s, so probably not a worthwhile addition to my quiver.

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Brad - I have no doubt you are correct about the FX94 being a great, and probably better choice, for the fresh deep snow and even crud. But you mentioned they aren't too great on scraped off groomers, and I am looking for a DD, so I also need my new pair to be able to handle those groomer days as well as those occasional icy days when I don't want to spend the day switching skis or traveling with more than one pair.

 

Crudmaster  – are you saying that the FX94 would be stiffer than the Powertrak? Or do you mean the FX104?

post #8 of 17
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Brad - I have no doubt you are correct about the FX94 being a great, and probably better choice, for the fresh deep snow and even crud. But you mentioned they aren't too great on scraped off groomers, and I am looking for a DD, so I also need my new pair to be able to handle those groomer days as well as those occasional icy days when I don't want to spend the day switching skis or traveling with more than one pair.

 

Crudmaster  – are you saying that the FX94 would be stiffer than the Powertrak? Or do you mean the FX104?

You might find the following review helpful in your decision.  I ski the FX94 on Mammoth groomers a lot and it is a very fine ski.

 

https://www.dawgcatching.com/blog/ski/all-mountain-spotlight-2015-kastle-fx94-kastle-mx98-fischer-motive-95-ti-stockli-stormrider-95

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by BigNick View Post
 

...But you mentioned they aren't too great on scraped off groomers, and I am looking for a DD, so I also need my new pair to be able to handle those groomer days as well as those occasional icy days when I don't want to spend the day switching skis or traveling with more than one pair.

The FX94 would be a great DD for where you live. Its performance on serious ice ( I ski it east coast and out west) is not stellar, but honestly better than any other ski this width I've been on; only Stockli 95 is nearly comparable. 

post #10 of 17

a daily driver is always somewhat of a compromise and you have to decide on what side of the new snow, crud / hard snow ,icy groomers you want the ski to favor, I live on the ice coast and bought the 94's for the west coast trips. they are IMO not narrow enough for the hard icy groomers, I have a pair of MX88 as my east coast daily driver and that ski excels in those conditions and do not handle the deep fresh snow and crud like the FX 94's. 

post #11 of 17
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The FX94 would be a great DD for where you live. Its performance on serious ice ( I ski it east coast and out west) is not stellar, but honestly better than any other ski this width I've been on; only Stockli 95 is nearly comparable. 


Agreed. If you're talking PNW, Whistler, CO, and UT, how often are you skiing icy groomers? The FX94 will be a fine ski on the groomers you're likely to encounter. Rare is the skier who regrets buying a Kastle. (The only regret you may have is that buying one Kastle often leads to buying more Kastles...)

post #12 of 17
Dunno.. I've skied some pretty angry snow the past couple seasons at Crystal.
post #13 of 17

I skied Alta last Thursday in what you might consider "worst case" conditions for Utah on my 176 FX94 and they held magnificently on the groomers.

post #14 of 17

@Finndog skis the FX 94 as a DD in Steamboat and absolutely LOVES them.  He was positively gushing about them when we met up LOL.  Mind you, his idea of a bad day is if you can hear your skis.  The Powertrak 89 might be a bit narrow/soft for a DD in PNW off piste, I would think?

post #15 of 17

a well-tuned FX94 will hold very well but its not the ski I would want for skiing hardpack the majority of time. I would look for something in the low to mid 80's.  MX83 in a 183 would be my pick but I don't ski where you ski so take that FWIW. There's a pair for sale right now at a killer price.  

post #16 of 17
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I would look for something in the low to mid 80's.

 

Absolutely.

post #17 of 17

The Powertrak is pretty solid for what it is: but I would take the FX94 on groomers too. It has a tail, the 89 does not, feels like it wants to complete the turn for you, and that is not my cup of tea. The 94 allows the skier to finish the turn, much better feel and feedback.  Everywhere else, the FX94 is going to be superior: better grip, much more stability, smoother, just as easy to ski.  A wash in bumps.  Of course, if money is an issue, the 89 might be worth checking out, but the 94 is simply the better ski in all aspects.

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