I know there was a recent thread on Kastle's which has given me a good idea the differences between them, however, I'm not dead set on just Kastle's. I've narrowed down my search to a few skis from both Kastle and Volkl.
I am interested in the Volkl Mantra, Kastle BMX98 or the FX94. Here's my situation: I currently own a pair of Head supershape magnums, a head race stock ski that is slightly wider underfoot (71mm) than the WC's. They are my #1 choice for east coast groomers, hardpack, ice. I used to own a pair of line prophet 90's until I sold them on craigslist 2 weeks ago, with the plan being to get something a little better for me.
I ski east coast mainly, a trip out west here and there. I feel I've got the ski I need for the groomers but am looking for something on the rare east coast powder day, or a day that has fresh or variable snow, and something for out west. Additionally, I want it to be a bit of an all mountain performer, bowls, trees, frontside trails, etc. I am 215 lbs and 6'2".
I gave up the line prophet 90's (178 length) because I felt they were almost better groomer skis than in deeper snow, but they were just eh on groomers and just eh in powder. I will try to describe eh... chattered too much at speed, had to stay unnaturally forward on them to drive on groomers and back to keep the tips up in pow, no point to the massive twin tip, they are a directional ski with a traditional binding mount..... What I did like about them is they pretty much destroyed crud or variable conditions and did feel stable for the most part.
I like the idea of the Volkls because they seem real solid with the metal, and i like going fast, the early rise this year may soften them up in deep snow. I like the Kastle's because they seem to be a bit more versatile in the range of skiing they would be good for. Does anyone have any recommendations?