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REVIEW: 2011-12 Kastle RX12

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So I was looking for a replacement for my 05-06 Volkl Allstars, which have been a tremendous ski....and have resisted being upgraded for some time even when I had demo'd newer skis over the past few years.  I wanted something similar in turn character but with more power.  I'm primarily an east coast skier that loves to ski fast and lay down aggressive turns.

 

I had planned to demo a range of skis this December, but I've always read great things about the Kastle lineup and found myself looking for a set of MX78s or RX12s over the summer, supplemented by lots of realskiers.com and epicski research.  In August I found a 11-12 pair of 168cm RX12s on eBay and took the risk and bought them.  I wouldn't have done this, but they allegedly only had 10 days on them and seemed to be a steal at $550 (Kastle's are usually expensive!!).  Worst case if I didn't LOVE them I would demo more skis and sell the Kastles back on eBay for minimal to zero loss.  Skis were virtually flawless when I received them, kudos to Skier Shop in Stowe, VT.

 

I skied yesterday at Stratton, 100% fake, hard snow, but I must admit it really wasnt that bad.  I quite enjoyed myself.

 

The RX12s are indeed similar in turn character to my Allstars.  Their sweet spot turn radius (medium turns) is the same.  The similarity ends there and the RX12 has tons of power.  I've never felt so confident on ice or super hard pack as I have with these skis.  They simply hold.  They do need a bit of speed to get them to turn as they are a stiff ski.

 

I also had read reviews about this ski as feeling "refined".  I didn't believe that term could actually be used in describing a skis feel, but it does feel refined....just very smooth and stable.  I also felt they were easy to ski.

 

As far as blasting through crud, there are better skis out there, but these are 70mm waisted skis and relatively short in length so I wan't expecting anything in this department.

 

There were no moguls around, so I'll have to post my experiences with bumps later.

 

Kastle's are just plain clean looking too.  Probably one of my favorite looking top sheets.  Also important to mention they have the KTI plate system (maybe all RX12s come with the plate??)

 

These skis are a blast to ski.  I had soo much fun and are the perfect ski for an advanced skier who loves carving.  You will need strong legs!

 

About me:  Lifetime skier, 5'7", 155lbs, in good shape, 31 years old

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Congrats. I have the same ski. Agree with your assessment. You'll like them in bumps. Incidentally, they come with a 1/2 edge, for some reason. If you ever want touch more hookup, try 1/3. 

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Congrats. I have the same ski. Agree with your assessment. You'll like them in bumps. Incidentally, they come with a 1/2 edge, for some reason. If you ever want touch more hookup, try 1/3. 

 

I too have heard to go with 1/3 on the tune.  The shop told me that Kastle's come with great tunes and that these ones haven't had an substantial tune-up yet so I would imagine they are still at the stock settings.

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Yeah, not sure I'd bother with changing things until you actually need a retune. Although I've never found a ski that wouldn't benefit from a good shop. And a few brands (Head's, Dynastars, and all indies I've known come to mind) scream out for tuning before skiing. Bothers the neighbors, actually. 

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Yeah, not sure I'd bother with changing things until you actually need a retune. Although I've never found a ski that wouldn't benefit from a good shop. And a few brands (Head's, Dynastars, and all indies I've known come to mind) scream out for tuning before skiing. Bothers the neighbors, actually. 

 

I was kinda thinking the same thing.  I'm not very familiar with altering base and side angle edges, I never tune my own skis.

 

I'm going to sit tight until I find myself wanting something more.  There are a few race shops at my home mountain that I am sure are more than capable of setting me up with 1/3.

 

Just going to enjoy for now! 

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