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Kastle MX78 length advice, ex racer

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Hi everyone, this is my first post here.

 

I am 22 and competed actively from the age of 11-18. When I stopped competing, I sold all my skis except for my Rossignol SL WC 165cm skis, which I have been using as my only pair the last couple of seasons. The edges are now so thin that I can't tune them anymore, and so I need a new pair.

 

I love the edge grip and short turn radius of slalom skis, and almost decided to just buy a new pair of SL race skis, but for several reasons I have now decided I want to go with a pair of Kastle MX78. They seem to be excellent groomers while still being versatile, and the slightly longer turn radius won't make me as exhausted as SL skis will. Lastly, I have basically only ever skied race stock skis, and thought it would be fun to try something else now:)

 

So to my question (as I don't have the opportunity to try these skis before ordering): Which length should I choose? Here are my measurements:

 

Height: 181cm (5'11")

Weight: 63kg (140 pounds)

 

My height suggests the 176cm model (labeled 178) would be a good match, but consider the following:

- I am very light weight

- I generally prefer SL characteristics to GS (let's me carve like crazy without having to reach insane speeds)

- I live in Norway and Sweden, where mountains and slopes are smaller than in Colorado, the alps, etc.

 

Would 168cm be a better match for me then? Or does the MX78 "lose it's awesomeness" if I try to treat it and ski it more like a slalom ski? It seems like most people ski these in quite long lengths, is that the only way they are designed to be used?

 

Thanks so much for taking your time to read this. I'm really looking forward to get some advice:)

 

all the best,

Victor

post #2 of 5

While given your experience you'd probably be able to handle the 176 length just fine, the 168 shouldn't cost you anything.  The length you choose should be based on the character you'd like out of the ski.  Shorter will be more SL like, and with Kastle you really don't have to worry about stability or a speed limit in any length.

 

Also, consider the MX83 if you'd like something in the middle!  At 173 they might be a good compromise and even add a hair of versatility without sacrificing hardly any on-piste performance.

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Thanks for the advice. As long as it doesn't feel like a too short GS ski, than I'm not so worried. However I'm a little concerned that the MX78 168cm is too similar to an SL ski, and that I might as well go with a real SL ski if I want this length.. Any thoughts? My hopes with the MX78 is that it will be a bit more stable at higher speeds and longer turns than SL skis, and that it will handle different snow conditions and off-piste better, while still letting me be quick from edge to edge on hard pack and in icy conditions.

post #4 of 5

I like both lengths!  They ski differently though.  I am a little shorter and heavier than you, owned the 176cm, loved it, but it is GS in feel and very stable. The 168cm is more quick and a carver length. 

 

My recommendation would be to get the MX83 in 173cm. It is a better match for your height and weight for doing sl/gs turns and skiing everywhere on the hill.  168cm is going to feel short off-piste in soft snow. 

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Originally Posted by voggorb View Post

Thanks for the advice. As long as it doesn't feel like a too short GS ski, than I'm not so worried. However I'm a little concerned that the MX78 168cm is too similar to an SL ski, and that I might as well go with a real SL ski if I want this length.. Any thoughts? My hopes with the MX78 is that it will be a bit more stable at higher speeds and longer turns than SL skis, and that it will handle different snow conditions and off-piste better, while still letting me be quick from edge to edge on hard pack and in icy conditions.

 

I don't think you have to worry about them feeling like a SL ski... Kastles have a pretty long radius (18.5 for the 165 I believe), whereas your average SL ski is in the 12's or less.  The shorter lengths will probably feel like a SL/GS hybrid, while the longer ones will have a GS feel to them.

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