2009 Kästle MX98 Ski
|Lengths||174, 184, 194|
|Turn Radius||24, 27, 31|
|Core Material||Ash/Silver Fir Core|
|Recommended Use||Powder, Freeride|
|Sidecut||132 / 98 / 117|
The Ski: MX98,174 cm.
Me: 165, 6', finess skier, likes a variety of turns/speeds, and blends of hold/drift, but lean toward off piste, moderate to slow speed/ medium shaped/blended turns.
I now have a few days on this ski, and will review here after a few more days, but, suffice to say, this is one of the best feeling skis I've ever skied.
they have a somewhat traditional feel, and in some ways remind me of my stockli Scott Schmidt, but quiter and more fun at slower/teaching speeds. the tune is aggressive, stock w/ a 1degree base, 3 degree side, I'm pretty sure, but after detuning the tips/tails a bit, they become less "catchy" in broken off piste. stock, they are razor sharp tip to tail, and w/ these bevels, a bit sensitive off piste.
They have great rebound, but are damp, like speed, and rail carved turns amazingly well for not a lot of sidecut, but ski well at slower speeds and enjoy the traditional short swing turn more then many of the newer designs.
The rubber layers really show up as speed increases, and that quiet snow hugging feel takes center stage.
This ski is replacing my Watea 94 that I loved for a couple years as my 90% of the ski, and will be the anchor of a new 2 ski quiver (transitioning from 3 ski), as I don't need a skinnier ski w/ how fun this one skis on hard snow/ice.
many have heard and believe they are very demanding, but while it's a serious ski, I didn't find it stiff or unruly. I don't like demanding skis, and maybe it's because I'm on the short one, but I find it versatile and fun, not stiff and demanding.
--Wade Holiday, Tahoe