Pros: It's a Kastle MX, what else do you need to know?
Cons: See the Pros ^
Is the MX88 in a 178 too long (or too short) for you? Well Kastle split the difference with offering the MX83 in sizes in the "3's" where the MX88 is offered in the "8's", so....If the 178 MX88 is a bit long for you and the MX88 in the 168 too short..wallahh the MX83 is offered in a 173! OK..all that aside. What does that mean? Well forget that the MX83 is 83 underfoot and focus on that the MX83 is a MX. Thats right, Kastle has done a remarkable job creating an instrument that belies its dimensions and the MX83 is no different.
In taking the 83 out in winter park, I immediately felt at home, It was just like the MX88, just a bit more nimble...it that could be. The edge to edge transitions were perfect and the..hell...the MX83 is as good as it gets and remember first and foremost it is a Kastle. What else do you need to know?
Length Tested: 173
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 123/83/109
Mount point: Suggested
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Winter Park
Number of Runs: Not enough
Snow Conditions: Didn't matter
Demo or Own: Demo...will own
Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 35
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees