Adding to the review....
Kastle mx 108, 177, skied same day, same place, same wonderful snow. mank sounds bad, I thought it was GREAT snow. wet, heavy, fun snow.
I was skiing my 98 all morning, and loving it, when I found Phil and the Kastle test crew.
I grabbed this one, as I've been wanting to try it, and I didn't give it back, so I got about 2 hrs on it.
Me, 6ft, 167, finesse skier, more skilled then bold.
first impression, wow, that's light, carrying it across the lot. compared to my 98, w/ metal, it was much lighter, even in the bigger package.
first turn, hum, where's the sweet spot, a bit more rearward then my 98, oh! there it is. yep, it turns well.
so off to the soft, yep floats well. nice flex, soft playful, but w/ that MX solidity and great feel.
take up the speed, still just solid, but open minded, enjoying every turn i throw at it.
tight quarters... now, this is where it shines, it had been making the same turn as my 98, in the snow, solid, not loose, but in tight trees w/ some thick, so skied out snow, it showed me that turn that everyone loves these wider skis w/ some early rise for, you can get them sideways sooo much easier if you have to and then get back out, shut down, get going... at will. different then the full traditional ski.
that brings up my next point.
this may be the first ski w/ some sort of "rocker" that I've really liked. I like the olympus, but I think that is just a great long tip shape, I've owned and skied on lots of others, and haven't really bonded with any of them, but, this one was great.
I think because it has so very little rise, so you get some benefit, but no overkill that tweaks out the feel.
Just plain sweet.
So, I bought one!
you find something that good, I say buy it.
and yes, the 177 felt like the right length. I ski my mx98 in a 174, and the 177 was good. It was stable at my upper speeds, but quick and fun and nimble, like I like. i'm not dropping cliffs, or running alaska faces at 50mph, so the shorter ones are just more fun.
these austria skis are awfully good, that's for sure.