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post #31 of 33

Forever on the search. I have my powder/ touring ski S7 by Rossingnol fitted with Dynafit touring bindings. I have my teaching ski, the Volkl Auras with Marker Barons (like my touring boots). I need a carver. Female, old knees but young at heart, not a speed demon but want a ski with energy. Tried Heads Magnam and Titan- too stiff. Rossingnol Avenger 76 Nordica Doberman and Fire Arrow, Blizzard 8.1TI. They were all ski-able but nothing special. Then I tried the Kastle MX 88 WOW Loved this ski but too stiff for me. It was a real knee destroyer. But couldn't stop myself from one more run, then one more run. Shot me across the hill like a rocket. Exciting with a capital E with loads more to give then I could handle. Hobbled into the Rep. and he suggested I try the 70 (think it was the MX) and it felt like a wet noodle compared to the MX88. Where do I go from here? RX????? Need a little more forgiving but love the energy of the MX88. Help please....Any thoughts would be greatly received.

post #32 of 33

Welcome to Epic! IMO the RX70 is the ski you want for a carver if you ski in the east or midwest. Thicker metal, stiffer than the MX70, but still friendly, not a race ski, and still has that Kastle light feeling smoothness. If you ski in the far west or Rockies, then the MX78, which carves nearly as well, bit more stability in crud, feels lot like a MX88 light, but even more energy.

 

Or if you knees are really shot, you might think about a Stockli. They're a touch damper in front and more planted in rough snow than Kastles, touch less energy, otherwise lot of similarities. The SX has received raves if you want a more GS-ish carver, no known speed limit but friendly even at low speeds. It'll be a bit more of a pure front side ski than the RX70, but so grippy that many are liking them for Beer League. The CX also a wonderful cross design, bit more Sl-ish. Impervious to crud and rough transitioning snow.

 

Also keep in mind that the narrower the ski, the less torque it'll put on your knees as you go up on edge. If this is a ski you're using a lot, I'd stay below 80 mm... 

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Need a little more forgiving but love the energy of the MX88. Help please....Any thoughts would be greatly received.

A little more forgiving sounds like the LX (82/92).
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