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2013 Kästle MX88

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Pros: Stability, smoothness, carving ability

Cons: None

Like Philpug, I don't have anything to say that could add to what's written out there about this ski, but I'll just add some personal perspective.

 

Background: age 46, weight 165, height 5'7", advanced skier on steeps (advanced intermediate in bumps and working on it wink.gif)

 

Over the past couple of years, I have been really focusing on my development, taking lessons and worked up to getting 25+ days on the slopes this year in the northeast (Okemo in Vermont).  A couple of seasons ago, I bought the Volkl Kendo (2011) in 163 cm length.  I loved (and still do love the Kendo).  I first noticed the Kastle when I got my Kendo tuned up at the Boot Pro (great guys in Ludlow near Okemo) and noticed these on the rack.  I noticed the crazy price tag ($1400).  I asked the salesman what made them so special and expensive and he mentioned they were hand-made, yada, yada (my mind started thinking bespoke suits and luxury cars) and I was underwhelmed.  He also of course said that they rode like nothing else he knew.

 

A couple of years passed and I couldn't help noticing the review of this ski and I was curious about how a ski that seemed so similar to my Kendo (also 88 width with similar tip and tail width and also full camber) might somehow be different, but I assumed there couldn't be much of a difference.  Finally I decided to take them out for a demo this season while I was getting my Kendo's tuned.  What a mistake—I couldn't believe how smooth they were at high speed, busting through crud.  Although my Kendo's hold an incredible edge, the MX88's were just a little more effortless and they had even more power in the turn. One funny thing that I noticed is that when things are frozen and crusty in March, when I am on my Kendo's cruising at low speed I hear a "slap" "slap" as I ride over the ruts on the trail, but the MX88 in the same conditions don't make a sound.  I don't know what that really means, but it's just one of the mysteries of how these skis are different despite being so similar.

 

In any case, I am ecstatic about having bought my pair from Shon at the Boot Pro.  I got the 168 cm length with the integrated form of the Kastle K12 bindings.  I am bummed that I only got to ski on them briefly before putting them away until next season frown.gif

2013 Kästle MX88
Description:

Kästle’s MX skis have unrivaled power and control. Your hammer for every nail on the mountain. The MX88 is the modern choice to handle every imaginable condition on the mountain in control and speed.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths158, 168, 178, 188
Dimensions128/88/113
Turn Radius20M @ 178
Constructioncamber
Core MaterialWood - Ash, Silver Fir
Binding SystemKTI-System
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingK12Ti
Recommended useGroomed
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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