Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 79
Lengths: 159, 166, 173, 180
The Powertrack 79 CA Fluid is a value-priced, novice- and intermediate-friendly model in the Powertrack line of versatile all-mountain mid-fats. Rather than the edgy full-sidewall construction of the two top models (Powertrack 89 and Powertrack 84), it’s a softer-flexing, less demanding cap construction with edgy vertical sidewalls only under the foot-a better design for easygoing moderate-speed performance. It’s sold only as a system, with an 11-DIN Look Fluid binding.
Dynastar’s All Mountain collection of versatile mid-fat generalists includes four Powertracks with waist widths 89, 84 and 79 mm and target ability levels ranging from expert down to intermediate. The Powertracks, which return unchanged for 2017, blend some of the hard-snow carvability of Dynastar’s Speed Zone series with some of the smeary looseness and soft-snow buoyancy of the freeriding Cham series. There’s classic camber underfoot, for arcing on groomed snow. And there’s rocker tip and tail for shock absorption and flotation in powder and crud. Meanwhile, Dynastar’s Five-Point Sidecut gives the Powertracks a dose of newschool, freeridey slashiness: The tip and tail are tapered (ie, the widest points are closer to the foot), making them looser in the snow, easier to pivot and foot-steer. All Powertracks are built on durable, responsive poplar wood cores. The top two models (89 and 84) are laminate constructions with full-length, full-height, vertical sidewalls, for maximum edge power and torsional rigidity (twist resistance). The two 79-mm models (79 CA Fluid and 79 CA Xpress) have vertical sidewalls underfoot that taper down into softer-flexing, more forgiving cap construction fore and aft, for intermediate-friendly mellowness at slower speeds. The top two models are sold either flat or with binding; the lower two are sold only as ski-and-binding system.
Dynastar, along with sister brands Look, Lange, and Kerma (poles), is part of the privately owned Rossignol Group. It’s factory headquarters are in Sallanches, France, “in the shadow of Mont Blanc.” It was founded in 1963. -J.C.