I have decided it is time to experience the magic of skiing on a Kastle. I will not be able to demo before I buy. I have read every Kastle thread but still not sure.
I do ski in the east but rarely on those dreaded icy "groomers" I hear so much about. OK...I do maybe 4 or 5 times a year but primarily I ski glades. Not so much bushwhacking through the trees, but gladded runs with closely spaced trees...like this, often steeper and tighter but this illustrates the point.
So when the snow is like this or deeper I have other skis 110mm or so. Fortunately I use them pretty often!
Of course there dry periods between storms and then these same trees get hard, OK...icey. and the bumps pretty big and rutted.
I am 5'11 and a fairly heavy 225 pounds. I don't know what number (7,8....) skier I am. I guess I would say I am a slightly cautious, slower advanced skier. Ski anything on the mountain but not fast except on "groomers". My nemesis are those tight, big, icy rutted bumps.
Given what are often variable conditions, I do not want a 2 narrower skis. Currently my narrow ski is a Fischer Motive84 in a 175. It is a very good ski, especially in bumps, but I suspect that at my weight I am overpowering it on ice and to a degree in leftovers and crud.
Logic tells me to get an MX88 in a 178 (or longer?). I have flexed that ski and it seems fairly stiff. Add the big square tail and my concern is that in icy rutted bumps they may prove to be as unpleasant as my old Volkl AllStars. (they were great on ice and even still crud).
FX84 or FX94 or LX92? In the longest length as they are softer than the MX's? Rumour has it the MX78's are a bit easier going than the MX88's.
Your opinions are greatly appreciated!