Skied this this weekend at Snowmass for one day, and that was all I needed. On their way to California as we speak!
46 years old
Out of skiing for 15 years before this year
Expert before stopped, lived in a resort for 2 seasons
Advanced now, likely back to expert pretty quickly
2014 Kästle FX94, 186cm
Conditions were crap, with ice in the upper mountain in the morning, slush in the afternoon. Also aesthetically the snow was ugly with this brown layer, which apparently dropped as snow from a dust storm in Arizona last month. Anyway...
For me they were just so silky smooth all over the mountain. The ice was challenging but these things smoothed it out more than I'd have expected. While I wasn't on anything steep in the morning, they went exactly where I pointed them, and with such ease I was really shocked. Really surprising a ski this light could be this damp. Much more fun, lively and smooth than the 180 Bonafides I tested at Alpine some weeks ago.
We basically shot groomers all day, with some steeps in the afternoon. Didn't try them in the bumps because the bumps were in crap conditions and my knees suck anymore. The guy with us who was tracking speed had us several times into the 55 mph range and they just tracked and handled it beautifully. Any governing of the speed was my chicken index, not the ski. They were fully tracking at top speed. On the steeps, much quicker edge-to-edge than the Bonafide, much lighter and easier on my knees, and much more fun. And so smoooooth! Just a silky ride down the mountain. Can't speak to crud, but if they handle that anywhere near as well as the Bonafides I'll be stoked. No powder either, had to leave town before the storm hit on Sunday because some flights were going to get cancelled and I needed to be back today.
Anyway, called the shop from which I demo'd them and bought them for a nice price. Great, fun guys working there, was happy to give them my business.
I'll look forward to updating the review if I get to a last weekend in Tahoe this Sat/Sun.