Most of the skis in this category are best suited to ripping groomers 70 percent of the time, but the Powertrack 84 is more of a 50/50 ski. Its five-point sidecut, combined with tip and tail rocker, make it loose enough for bump skiing and dummy chutes, but from the belly of the turn on back, it’s a powerful carver. In layman’s terms, a five-point sidecut means the hourglass shape of the ski is set back so the tapered tip is free to slink around off-trail. No metal in the build adds to the light and playful feel. We favored it for diving in and out of the trees and back onto buttery groomers. “Strong finish to the turn, but an effortless start,” said a tester.
Swami gripe: It’s not as dynamic in a carved turn—you tend to settle into the arc and go—but it does hang on through the tail.
Swami like: It’s a daily driver all mountain ski in places like Summit County, Colorado, and southern Maine, where edge-to-edge quickness trumps floatation.
Overall: 4.4 Turn Shape Variability: 4.8 Carving: 4.2 Dimensions: 123/84/106