2011 Kästle MX70 Ski
|Turn Radius||15m @ 168cm.|
|Core Material||Ash, silver fir|
|Recommended Use||Frontside Groomers|
Kastle MX70: similar construction to the MX78, but only 70mm underfoot. Tested in 176cm.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
This is a slightly narrower version of one of my everyday skis, the outstanding MX78. Not much to add to my review of that ski: it skis a bit narrower, is a touch grippier on hard snow, but really pretty similar. It is a powerhouse, with no speed limit in 176cm. Feels like a “rec” GS but with versatility, and forgiveness. Can go anywhere, do pretty much anything, save for deep snow. Big sweet spot for what it is. Quicker onto edge. It really releases and engages smoother than a full race ski, so it is slightly detuned in that sense, but when you do hook up, the ski just seems to accelerate forward. Such a powerful ride. This is a ski to get max vertical in on a weekday. Good in bumps, somehow more forgiving than the MX78, considering it it is basically the same ski.
This ski is made for frontside, on-piste skiing for good to expert skiers, and for those who want a bit lower key ski, but aren't looking at the LX series (which is great if you are more of an advanced intermediate to solid advanced skier, but aren't setting speed records on the hill).