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What Kastle should I get for Whiteface for the next few years? MX78, 83? -RX 12 does the ice-will it be a problem everywhere else?

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I am an expert. My only ski is 84 underfoot. i have never skiied at whiteface, though will be regularly  for the next few years. i can of course make any ski "go" anywhere but don't ever want to be absolutely "stuck" (I don't think this would happen at whiteface because of snow so deep that I get stuck without 98 mm skiis. Does anyone know?)    it is not an option for me to get a Kastle that is so specific as to only used once a year if at all.--If I'm not there on the day it snows--well, then, I would never use that ski. hence why I'm thinking narrower- great on ice--smooth carves through moguls, play my way down through the trees. Won't be buying another pair of skiis (or skiing anywhere else) for about 4-5 years.

  I picked up a pair of RX 12 for $575 with bindings. Haven't opened them yet--still in plastic. Didn't know if I should keep these as the 1 pair of skis.  Or should I do the MX78 or 83..   Of course the ski i have now is a 84--doesn't edge well, though, even with a tuning.   Thanks!

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OK.....I'll try........

 

Your RX12 will ski pretty close to a GS race ski. If that is what you want......EOD.

 

If not, then you might consider other skis or brands. The MX 83/ MX88 would be a great choice form Kastle.There are other choices from other brands as well.

 

SJ

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I am an expert. My only ski is 84 underfoot. i have never skiied at whiteface, though will be regularly  for the next few years. i can of course make any ski "go" anywhere but don't ever want to be absolutely "stuck" (I don't think this would happen at whiteface because of snow so deep that I get stuck without 98 mm skiis. Does anyone know?)    it is not an option for me to get a Kastle that is so specific as to only used once a year if at all.--If I'm not there on the day it snows--well, then, I would never use that ski. hence why I'm thinking narrower- great on ice--smooth carves through moguls, play my way down through the trees. Won't be buying another pair of skiis (or skiing anywhere else) for about 4-5 years.

  I picked up a pair of RX 12 for $575 with bindings. Haven't opened them yet--still in plastic. Didn't know if I should keep these as the 1 pair of skis.  Or should I do the MX78 or 83..   Of course the ski i have now is a 84--doesn't edge well, though, even with a tuning.   Thanks!

I have owned all these skis: the RX12 skis long. If you don't ski it too long, it rips in various conditions.  Great bump ski: it is stiff, but seems to work well there!  If you ski it head height or longer, it is going to be more of a GS ski.  I owned it in 176cm, and it was a Ferrari.  Got the 168, and it is much quicker, and skis with more pop. It is very versatile, way more than a typical race carver. Could be an everyday ski for an Eastern skier with good technical skills.  Does OK in softer snow, better than the typical race carver, not great though. 

 

The MX78 grips nearly as well, is a touch more forgiving, almost as stable, better soft snow float.  You will give up that last 10% of hard snow performance though.  

 

MX83 is almost the same, just a little wider and comes in different sizes.  

 

78 and 83 are unmatched in this width for hard snow performance, but the RX12 is even better. 

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RX 12 is a fantastic ski and you will love it on hard snow.  Owned the 176cm for a couple of years.  Just sold them to another bear and will be on the MX88 as my everyday ski this year.  Just couldn't justify both pairs of expensive skis and the MX88 is more versatile.

 

Which length did you get?

 

I wouldn't think you'd want to own the RX12, and a MX78 or 83.  If you wanted another ski to compliment the RX, I would go wider.

 

Mike

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I think the choice is about money. The RX 12 will make a fine 1 ski quiver for Whiteface. If you can get a MX 83 for the same money in a swap or sell and re-purchase, the MX 83 will be more versitile in varied conditions and the ideal choice. Same for theMx 78, option 1B. If not, ski what you own (or what's paid off)

 

I have skied the RX12 and thought it handled soft man made snow really well for what it is. I have a racestock GS in 192 cm and the 176 RX12 didn't feel anything like the race stock ski. The race stock ski is 103 wide in the tip and 67 mm  under foot. I think the RX 12 is significantly wider than that.

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