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Which Kastle is right for me?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hello, dear Bears!

 

I have a bit of a retarded question but I hope for your  help nevertheless.

 

This season I  have two pairs of fat skis - Wagner Customs and the Lotus 138s which I quite simply love. I use both when there is 6''+ of new snow and the final decision on them will be made next season after a catskiing trip. In any case I will keep one of them for powder skiing I just don't know which one yet.

 

I am really interested in the Kastle skis as a daily driver for mixed snow conditions. I am especially interested in them after reading so many positive reviews on this forum.

 

So, which Kastle do you think is right for me as a daily driver that will handle a wide variety of snow conditions (heavy crud, soft bumps, groomers both soft and icy, mank) easily.

 

I am 5'10'' and 170 lbs, moderately aggressive advanced skier, I like to turn but not too  much and prefer to ski in control with medium turns at medium speeds.

 

I am thinking Mx88 or 98 in 178? What are your thoughts?

 

Thanks a lot in advance.

post #2 of 20

well depending on where yo are skiing these, it sounds like a clear case for the 88's.

post #3 of 20

check in with Dawg directly here. that's his area of supreme expertise. though he may be busy the next couple weeks, so bear with him.

 

Also, Start Haus in Truckee carries them and their sales staff skis on them, so great knowledge there.


Edited by davluri - 3/15/11 at 10:42am
post #4 of 20

Me thinks you would like the MX88s. They like to do everything you like to do, and then some.

But you will probably end up buying two or possibly three pair of Kastles. Maybe the new BMX108s for the second pair...........

The purchase of one pair starts the onset of " the addiction".

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
There are many addicts here and sadly.........No known cure for this horrific malady. I think you might be beyond the point of no return though. I just hope for your sake you didn't ....(gasp) ..Demo any Kastles!.........I made that exact grave mistake and demoed a pair. That was the dark day event when my own addiction started.
We are all just poor hopeless wretches. Doing the bidding of our pusher/s. Whiteroom, Dawgcatching and the worst of the lot....... PhilPug aka. Phil, The Pimp, Kastle Pimp, Gear Pimp, Pugster and Peggy. He demos new skis and gear then reports back his findings here on Epic. It is then that he sets the hook in multiple old and new addicts. Once he has you in his claws....... Your screwed brother! He always gives you great deals on equipment. But!........... Those good deals never end  Soon you will be selling everything you own * and love to buy more new ski gear. (* which you now will regard as "total crap") You will ask yourself CRAZY things like: " I wonder how much I could get for one of my kidneys?" So you can purchase more gear. Be very careful this could be your undoing man.............I'm now thinking about the BMX108. (Another addict here told me "it might help quell your pain just till next year")............Aaaaaaah No!....Help Meeeeeee!...........

 


Edited by skimalibu - 3/16/11 at 8:29pm
post #5 of 20

MX88 to start, but the real question is : Which one isn't?

 

Be afraid, be very afraid...

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Allright the MX88 is what I thought was right for me, actually!

 

Now the length - what do you think will work best for me taking into account my specs and style?

I will ski them everywhere from a 500' molehill to Colorado/Utah.

post #7 of 20

Given your use of "moderate" and "medium", you could also look at the LX82s for an everyday ski. They have been recommended to me and I am not a hard charger. I skied 3 days on the MX88s in 178 and really liked them (6', 210-215). Haven't had a chance to demo the LX. I would imagine the 172 in those for you, but I will defer to the experts between the two for your needs and the length.

post #8 of 20

MX88 in 178, not the LX's.  They're nice but don't charge as fast, so if you're going to be going hard and fast I'd stick to the MX series 

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thank you, guys! The nice thing is that you actually confirmed all my thoughts.

 

Now the question is where to get those in Russia. Probably, not something I should be  asking here. -))

post #10 of 20

Road trip!!!

post #11 of 20

I think you would be best served to contact Kastle through their website. A rep for your area will then contact you and let you know who's got the goods that is close to you.

post #12 of 20

Do not dismiss the LX series, they are damn nice skis. The 82 and upcoming 92 are very nice skis especially for a lighter skier that wants the Kastle feel. 

post #13 of 20

Where do you normally ski, east or west? I have, and love the 178 MX88 and use it in the east, but, it's also my  widest, therefore, my pow day ski.

 

Just for some alternative thought, last week I skied with Epic at Stowe. He was on his MX78's and just rocked. Of course, he is a far better skier, but, turns them very well and just accelerates away from me. I could just follow the RR tracks he left if I lost sight of him. If I had a wider ski for powder days, it would be a tough choice between the 78 and 88. There is no wrong answer.

post #14 of 20

Much better biggrin.gif
 

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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Where do you normally ski, east or west? I have, and love the 178 MX88 and use it in the east, but, it's also my  widest, therefore, my pow day ski.

 

Just for some alternative thought, last week I skied with Epic at Stowe. He was on his MX78's and just rocked. Of course, he is a far better skier, but, turns them very well and just accelerates away from me. I could just follow the RR tracks he left if I lost sight of him. If I had a wider ski for powder days, it would be a tough choice between the 78 and 88  98 and 108. There is no wrong answer.



 

post #15 of 20
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Much better biggrin.gif
 



I think you read that wrong. He means that if  he had a wider ski, his 88s wouldn't have to pull soft snow duty. At that point, I'd just get the RX.

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Do not dismiss the LX series, they are damn nice skis. The 82 and upcoming 92 are very nice skis especially for a lighter skier that wants the Kastle feel. 



 Oh no,  he is here. Your in trouble..........eek.gif  Much like a hungry white tipped reef shark swimming by you in open water.

 

You are going to get a deal offered to you that no sane human could turn down. There's no hope for you. You WILL own a pair of Kastles and have................. "the illness".

 

post #17 of 20

Ohhhh that's confusing.  I read it as: if he was going to choose a powder ski, he would choose the 78 or 88.  I think it was meant as: if he already had a wide skis he would go with the 78 or 88.

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I think you read that wrong. He means that if  he had a wider ski, his 88s wouldn't have to pull soft snow duty. At that point, I'd just get the RX.

 

post #18 of 20
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Ohhhh that's confusing.  I read it as: if he was going to choose a powder ski, he would choose the 78 or 88.  I think it was meant as: if he already had a wide skis he would go with the 78 or 88.

 

Epic's read is correct about what I had intended to say. Stated more clearly, If I had a powder ski in my quiver around 100 or more, then my other ski just may be the MX78. But, I ski the east coast on a smaller mountain. Were I on a bigger mountain, the the 88 might rule as I own them now. They will be pried from my cold, dead.....you know the rest.

 

My logical mind can't get around owning two skis as close as the MX78 and 88, but, after watching Epic.....the 78 and the RX - if he can justify it, so can I. And he was talking MX 88 next year.

 

And - Sooner or later, you will buy Kastle's from Philpug. You know what you want.

 


 

 

post #19 of 20


 

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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post



Epic's read is correct about what I had intended to say. Stated more clearly, If I had a powder ski in my quiver around 100 or more, then my other ski just may be the MX78. But, I ski the east coast on a smaller mountain. Were I on a bigger mountain, the the 88 might rule as I own them now. They will be pried from my cold, dead.....you know the rest.

 

My logical mind can't get around owning two skis as close as the MX78 and 88, but, after watching Epic.....the 78 and the RX - if he can justify it, so can I. And he was talking MX 88 next year.

 

And - Sooner or later, you will buy Kastle's from Philpug. You know what you want.

 


 

 


epic also has a katana and a S7, which after skiing both he is perfectly right for having both of them;).

 

techincal he is upstate new york and he should buy them from skiershop.........

 

post #20 of 20
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epic also has a katana and a S7, which after skiing both he is perfectly right for having both of them;).

 

techincal he is upstate new york and he should buy them from skiershop.........

 

 

Just proves I can't keep up with Epic. Period. End of discussion for me.



 

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