Movement Alp Tracks 84 Ski
The 84 is the mountaineering specialty ski of the Movement Alp Tracks line. Using the same advanced construction techniques found in the 94, 100, and 106, this steep skiing weapon is built to perform on the up and the down. Amazingly lightweight yet stable, the Alp Tracks 84 is a ski you can rely on to travel far and get back home. For edge hold on the steeps, Movement added an ABS shock-absorbing sidewall and variable thickness edges. Vibrations are reduced with a rubber & fiberglass mixture in the tip so you can feel confident when turns matter. The ski has the same shape and profile as the Vertex-X, which was named “Touring Ski of the Year” in Italy. The flat-ish spots in the tip and tail are helpful in the steeps, and the light rocker and gently curved tail seem to do what you want. This version saves a little weight versus the X-version, due to the intensive squeezing process used to finish the skis. The manual steps are time consuming and thus the skis are only being made in a Limited Edition (LT) run. This ski rocks.
- ABS Shock Absorber is an underfoot sidewall that adds strength.
- Tour Edges vary in thickness along the ski, strong here, light there.
- VA-Tech Rubber + fiberglass layer in the tips absorbs vibration.
- Double Plate Reinforcement is a multi-layered fiber screw zone.
- Impact-resistant P-Tex 5000 is a fast, high-end base material.
- Karuba wood cores were sourced with FCS & PEPS certifications.
Update 2018/19: This ski was replaced in Movement's lineup with the AT 85.
|Lengths (cm)||161, 169, 177, 183|
|Weight (pair)||1920g 
||Basic tip loop, tail clip|
||Rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot|
||Rounded tip, medium radius, flat tail|
||Carbon wrap half-cap w/ mini sidewall|
||Ultralight Karuba wood|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski mountaineering, classic touring|
|Notes||Hand made limited edition|
|Bottom Line||Mountaineering mayhem|
|Compare to other Low-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
The long turn radius (18m in my 169cm) means there's a large amount of edge contact with the slope, a plus in the steeps. I wish that they had a full length sidewall, but the micro sidewall in the mid-section does its job well. I also wish they were slightly stiffer, but for skiing anything other than jump turns the flexibility profile is perfect. I cut a tip notch in the nose, a fairly easy process. Though the edges run fully around the nose so a carbide cutting edge is likely necessary.
They have left a fair amount of base material to work with, so in reality in comparison with other mid-fat skis these should be lighter. In my experience dynastar, ski trab and dynafit grind the bases down much more than these. This means there is a lower likelihood of core shots as well as a greater number of possible base grinds.
Here's a link to compare the two: Alp Tracks LT 84 vs. Vertex-X
My first day out on these involved 3-4" of fluff over some refrozen chunky stuff, and then three days later on sun-baked goop and shaded crud -- a pretty solid pair of tests for a true one-kilo ski. In soft snow the Alp Tracks handles spoony turns in the trees with enough float in the deeper drifts, on corn-ish snow it can carve, and on hard ground the stiffer tail coupled with a mid-stiff overall flex just rocks. The real test came on a day when I was expecting to ski chalk and wind-board but ended up skiing drifted snow over breakable crust, in which the Alp Tracks was snappy and quick enough to avoid any major wrecks. I haven't taken them on a full-on mission yet, but I'd be happy taking this ski rather than a typical 75mm mountaineering rig.
Coming from a background of heavier (though not exactly heavy) telemark skis, I've struggled to find a lightweight, versatile low/mid-fat ski that inspires confidence when edging New England hardpack, but handles softer snow well too. Seems like most light skis, in their own way, can edge frozen corn or ride out crud, but managing both, that's the tough part. Case in point, I was on the Voile Obective (82mmx171cm) last spring and earlier this winter -- the Alp Tracks is miles better than the Objective in hard-snow performance (sizing up to 177 didn't hurt either!), much stiffer and more precise, and avoids the uneasy rocker-throw effect. On the higher end of 80-90mm spectrum, I've been pretty happy skiing powder and crud on 182cm Cho Oyus (89mm), but the Alp Tracks loses little in powder performance to the Cho's and gains a lot on breakable crust and mank because it's stiffer and less curvy in sidecut. And the Alp Tracks is 200g lighter.
Not only do I love the ski, but SkimoCo did a great job fine-tuning my ski choice (Eric steered me away from the 94 as a more "sidecut"-oriented profile and toward the technical skiing of the 84), mounted up the skis with Plum 170's at -0.5cm from boot center, and got them shipped out to the East Coast in no time flat. A five-star ski from a five-star shop!
The difference will mostly be that the rocker of the Alp Tracks 84 is a little shorter and less pronounced than that of the Objective. The benefit of that lower, shorter rocker is that the Alp Tracks 84 is going to have a longer effective edge which is usually a benefit on hard snow.
If you are looking for enhanced hard snow performance over the Objective, but want a ski that's got a similar general feel and dimension, the Alp Tracks 84 is a solid choice.
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