Originally Posted by mcross
My wife FINALLY made the call. She's currently on a pair of Volkl 724 EXS from many years ago.
She is a pretty strong intermediate skier. She only skis on piste at a moderate pace in Tahoe. 5'4" 120 lbs.
She will only have one pair of skis, so she will need something to handle everything from early morning ice to skied out powder.
Kastle LX82 is one idea if you don't want to get into all the new designs that may not matter to her.
My wife is on these in a 164 (5'8", 140 lbs) - she's an advanced skier in terms of technique, but generally skies intermediate on-piste stuff at moderate to fast speeds (fast when it's wide open and uncrowded, but no mach 1 point and shoot).
She has found the LX's to be very capable in icy conditions (better than her 70mm waist Cloud 7's) and pretty much unflappable in 'transition' conditions (mashed up groomer conditions, 6"-8" of on-piste powder, etc.)
I am on the LX82 in a 172 (yes, we get plenty of "what skis on those?" sitting together on the lift, but keeping with a recent theme, the lime green hollowcore is loved by all). I chose the LX as a ski to grow into, and I think it has been a perfect choice so far. There is a lot of top end here, more than an intermediate is likely to drive, but I think it is very forgiving even at quite a bit of speed.
Great ski for a strong intermediate who wants a intermediate feature set (e.g. forgiveness) without giving up top end performance (e.g., speed, stability). Downside is that it is pricey, upside is the integrated CTI Marker binding seems like a good setup for this class of skier, so it is an all-in price.