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Thoughts on Kastle MX88 and Blizzard Bonafide

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Considering the Blizzard Bonafide and the Kastle MX88s for a new 1-ski quiver. I've read all the past threads so I have a pretty good idea of pros and cons, but if anyone has experience riding both for more than a day or two, would love to hear. I've demo'd the Bonafides and like them a lot, but have heard so many great things about the Kastles I'm on the fence.

 

Also need help on sizing... for the Bonafides I would go with the 187 (tried the 180 as well and preferred the longer length). How about the Kastles? 188 or 178? I'm 5'10" 200lbs, 40 y/o, ex-racer who still likes to ski as fast as possible (e.g. 40+ on the groomers, 30+ on the crud). Thoughts?

 

Thanks!

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Hiya,

 

I have skied both; Bonafide in the 180 a few times now, and I have owned the MX88 in 178 for the past two seasons and counting.  I am your age, ~5'10" (depends on which leg I am standing on, sadly) #190, in passable shape and a need for speed (desire sometimes outstrips judgement and ability...).  

 

Where do you ski?  I ski out west; if I was really, truly limited to one ski, it would be the Bonafide 187 (or something like it).  If I skied back east (I grew up skiing the Poconos) and had the same limitation, MX88 in 178.  The MX88 really is That Great (tm).  You like to move, so hard groomers to boot deep pow at your usual speed is loads of fun.  but if you need just a little more softer snow versatility, the Bone is your huckleberry.

 

It would be neat-o if you could own and travel with two; a soft-core por... err, carver/all mountain ski in the mid to high 70s/low 80s, and then a big mountain ski like the Cochise, RMU Apostle, Rev 105 (you are bit heavy for that), maybe even Cham 107 (haven't been on that, I admit), several others...

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I have been with Kastle for a while now.  The 178 is great for all round versatility, and will handle top speed on the groomers with no issues at all, I have yet to find a speed limit on this ski.  Great at bumps etc too.  As for crud and big mountain steeps at speed...they are ok at that length, but longer wouldnt hurt.  At moderate speed etc no worries, but when you really want to "give it", in those conditions, length is your friend.   Of course thou, the longer length would likely then be a detriment for everything else.  The MX88 is alot of ski. 

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A little more info...

 

I ski out west, primarily Bachelor and resorts in Utah. I currently ski older Atomic GS12s (185) on hard pack days, Atomic Big Daddy's (193) on big powder days, and then demo if it's anywhere in between.

 

The past two years I've tried the Kendos (184), Mantras (184, 191), Gotamas (186), Sickles (186), Cochise (185, 193), Bonafide (180, 187), and the older Atomic Pimps (193). I haven't had a chance to try to the MX88 -- just heard all the rave reviews. Of the ones I've tried I preferred the Bonafide for best overall combo, followed by the Cochise for more powder and Kendos for more hardpack. Pimps were pretty nice too, but it's harder to tell how versatile they'd be b/c it was 3+ feet of pow the whole time I was skiing them. :-)

 

I'd like to get it down to 1 ski if possible, but realize that may not always work out. That said it would be great if it could work out say 80% of the time and for that 20% where the pow is just too deep, bust out the Big Daddys or demo something along those lines. Would be nice to have something that is stable at 50+ mph on the hardpack, can handle soft bumps reasonably well, plows through crud at speed and can float in 12" of new in a pinch. That's not too much to ask for, right? ;-)

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I have the 180 Bonafides, and if I weighed 200#s and liked to go fast, then I'd be on the 187s. At 170#s I sometimes wish I had the 187s.
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(couldn't edit) I'd go for 188s in the Kastles, too at your size, age, skiing background.
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Originally Posted by gdhyde View Post

A little more info...

 

I ski out west, primarily Bachelor and resorts in Utah. I currently ski older Atomic GS12s (185) on hard pack days, Atomic Big Daddy's (193) on big powder days, and then demo if it's anywhere in between.

 

The past two years I've tried the Kendos (184), Mantras (184, 191), Gotamas (186), Sickles (186), Cochise (185, 193), Bonafide (180, 187), and the older Atomic Pimps (193). I haven't had a chance to try to the MX88 -- just heard all the rave reviews. Of the ones I've tried I preferred the Bonafide for best overall combo, followed by the Cochise for more powder and Kendos for more hardpack. Pimps were pretty nice too, but it's harder to tell how versatile they'd be b/c it was 3+ feet of pow the whole time I was skiing them. :-)

 

I'd like to get it down to 1 ski if possible, but realize that may not always work out. That said it would be great if it could work out say 80% of the time and for that 20% where the pow is just too deep, bust out the Big Daddys or demo something along those lines. Would be nice to have something that is stable at 50+ mph on the hardpack, can handle soft bumps reasonably well, plows through crud at speed and can float in 12" of new in a pinch. That's not too much to ask for, right? ;-)

 

Two different skis you are asking about, both would work, it depends entirely on where (on the mountain) you want to ski. In UT the kastle is more of a frontside-plus ski, and the bone is a frontside & backside all rounder.  Skiing "out west" and in UT doesn't mean alot. Plenty of people here ski a big dose of groomers, bumps, and open bowls on the front side. To me that sounds like the kastle, but its your call.  If you want to take this thing on the front and backside every day, then the bone is the obvious choice.

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P.S. The bone is enough ski for powder on all but the deepest days. 

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