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post #91 of 113

I'm sure Mogsie is saying the FX94 feels stiffer than the FX104.  Scott noted that as well.

( Mogsie currently owns both in 184cm so has direct first-hand experience )

He is suggesting/speculating the stiffness may be a result of the added camber on the FX94.

 

If Mogsie's observation are correct, than this is similar to how the Bonafide @ 98  is stiffer than the Cochise @ 105.

Making a 104/105 of the same stiffness profile as the FX94/Bone probably is a ski that no one wants in that width, so they soften it up a bit.

 

But I too am curious if the FX84 is same/stiffer/software than the FX94.

post #92 of 113
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

I'm having trouble following your syntax here. Are you arguing that the FX94 is stiffer, and dropped in the "(because?)" to indicate you think its stiffness is related to its camber, but left in an extra "and" by mistake? Or are you quoting me and wanting to know why I think it's stiffer?

 

If the second case, I don't think it's stiffer. Nor do others who've reviewed it. Saying that it's possible but I'd be surprised is another way of saying, "I don't agree with you, but I'm being tactful."

 

:dunno 

 

You are all wrong!!! I'm the only one who is right! ;) 

 

What I meant was that maybe it felt stiffer because it had more camber...

 

But seriously... I'm the one who was wrong!!:(    I flex them back to back a couple of time and I can't confirm without a doubt that one is more stiff than the other... I also did a check on their camber ( with the brakes out of the way) and, in fact, the 184 fx104 has a little more camber (maybe 1-2 mm more) than the 186 fx94... What can I say, I always do things right: when I'm wrong, I'm wrong all the way!

 

But 1 thing remain: I find the 184 fx104 a lot more easier to ski (surfier) than the 186 fx94 ( more of a charger)... Is it all only due to the 10 mm more underfoot???

post #93 of 113

Me- > 5'9" 175 lbs.

 

I have the FX94 in 176 and would probably have preferred it at 179-181 length if available.

Do you think an FX104 in 184 would be a good happily manageable length for me ?

From Kastle site: the FX104 184 weighs 185 gm more per ski than the FX94 176

 

I'm still thinking if I were to travel with only 1 ski , what would it be.  I'm thinking:

FX94 176

FX104 184

DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid 184  ( I'm officially over all-carbon-fiber skis now )

New Cochise ( slight camber next year AFAIK )


Edited by ARL67 - 4/12/14 at 11:35am
post #94 of 113
Favorite Kastle of the demo for this weekend and that is saying alot!! MX98 a close second. Dawg nailed it best off piste variable condition ski I have ever tried! Incredibly agile for its width and almost as good on piste its a tad low energy compared to my mx83.But man don't know what to expect? Grab this ski go have fun anywhere. Top reviews are spot on. Not really a review but if you really enjoy skiing the whole mountain and can't always pick your days this is a fantastic choice for a good skier.
post #95 of 113

Data posted in the ski stiffness thread...

post #96 of 113
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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post

Me- > 5'9" 175 lbs.

I have the FX94 in 176 and would probably have preferred it at 179-181 length if available.
Do you think an FX104 in 184 would be a good happily manageable length for me ?
From Kastle site: the FX104 184 weighs 185 gm more per ski than the FX94 176

I'm still thinking if I were to travel with only 1 ski , what would it be.  I'm thinking:
FX94 176
FX104 184
DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid 184  ( I'm officially over all-carbon-fiber skis now )
New Cochise ( slight camber next year AFAIK )
Having just skied them back to back with 10lbs on you and 4' I'd say the fx104 is waaay more ski than the fx94,the 174 would likely be plenty. I found the fx94 in 186 soon easy but the 184 104,likes a front of the boot driver with some solid skills and good quads. It's a tad easier going than last year but it may be their highest HP ride along with the new mx98.Hope that helps
post #97 of 113

Tried at Whistler yesterday, length tried 178. Me 160lb 5,9"- past my best before date.

Very easy forgiving ski. Quick light and nimble in the bumps down Whistler Bowl then effortless making tight turns in the glades. On the groomers on the run out they also held an edge quite well on the few icy patches I hit. No swim at high speed, stable enough to let them go,

Did not try on true power conditions but on corn, 6 inches of wind swept and dust on crust they were almost too easy. Great ski - bit pricy   

post #98 of 113

also tried the MX98s in a 184 again quite a conventional feel, same run, again a fun and very easy ski, but a bit less responsive. The extra length might of

had some thing to do with it but they felt happiest making bigger cruiser turns than I prefer. they worked well enough in the bumps but I suspect they might be more suited to deeper conditions, more high speed cruising or by a heavier skier. Think the fx94 is the better all round ski. If you like bumps in your mix

post #99 of 113
Noncrazycanucks feedback echos mine and others at the demo. Mx98 is pretty approachable for how much top end it has. Hitting 90kph on the sadle was calmer on that ski than any I can remember and it was damn firm. Its med quick for a 98 though didn't like to be rushed on the hardpack; cornsnow though and it was much better. The fx94 is in another league,quicker than the quick mx88.fx104 on firm feels 104mm a bit planky certainly not as inspiring as the mx98. I bet in a few inches of new or even crud the fx104 starts to shine.I will get on all three again next weekend and report back wink.gif
post #100 of 113

Skied this this weekend at Snowmass for one day, and that was all I needed. On their way to California as we speak!

 

Me

6' 2"

203 lbs

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

 

Skis:

2014 Kästle FX94, 186cm

Stock bindings

 

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. 

post #101 of 113
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Originally Posted by ChrisCrash View Post

Having just skied them back to back with 10lbs on you and 4' I'd say the fx104 is waaay more ski than the fx94,the 174 would likely be plenty. I found the fx94 in 186 soon easy but the 184 104,likes a front of the boot driver with some solid skills and good quads. It's a tad easier going than last year but it may be their highest HP ride along with the new mx98.Hope that helps
Skied the fx104,again this weekend in better conditions and got to figure them out.I d say they are about even with the fx94s for ease of use and bit less ski than my bmx108.
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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post

Me- > 5'9" 175 lbs.

I have the FX94 in 176 and would probably have preferred it at 179-181 length if available.
Do you think an FX104 in 184 would be a good happily manageable length for me ?
From Kastle site: the FX104 184 weighs 185 gm more per ski than the FX94 176

I'm still thinking if I were to travel with only 1 ski , what would it be.  I'm thinking:
FX94 176
FX104 184
DPS Wailer 99 Hybrid 184  ( I'm officially over all-carbon-fiber skis now )
New Cochise ( slight camber next year AFAIK )
Revisiting my last comment and spending a couple more hrs on the FX104 I think I was a bit off on how demanding the new 104's are. The first day I did maybe 2 runs, this past weekend a 1/2 dozen on Whistler in mixed snow conditions and range of on/off piste/trees. They are a pretty forgiving ski actually, more so than my BMX108's in 188. Really enjoyed them in mixed new snow (4-6 inches) and crud. I could see many folks choosing these over the BMX108's just for a bit more on piste bite and forgiveness especially in tight places. If your comfortable on the MX88 in 178 you should be fine on the 184 FX104 and I would pick them over a Cochise for a travel ski. Haven't tried the DPS so can't comment there. As Stated elsewhere luv the FX94's brilliant travel ski unless it's really dumping then a bit narrow/ short.
post #102 of 113

Hi,my first post...taadaa!!!!


Me; 6.2" and 200 lb

 

Skies: kastle fx 84 in 184

 

Q: I need new skies as my fx84 are falling apart,so here is the thing...I love the skies and I am considering buying the same thing again,but?,I could use little better bumps and trees performance and little better flotation and I am willing to sacrifice little bit of speed and general performance on groomers (little bit!!!)...so idea is to get fx 94 in 176,I know that it is little to short for me but it would greatly help on bumps and trees and in that case I would not be hitting groomers as much and for those few pow days a year (east cost pow,you know what I mean) I could use little more wider ski,hence the step up from 84 to 94.....any thoughts are welcome.

 

thanks,

 

Miro.

post #103 of 113
LOVE MY FX 94, but your post makes me question the build quality of the FX series as my 94 from last year is in terrible shape after only one season of skiing, delaminating in spots and the top sheet is peeling and/or cut and peeled back in multiple places.....great ski but I honestly expected more durability from a ski of this price.....my MX 88's are still bullet proof.....
post #104 of 113

^^^^ May be wrong, but cannot recall any other post here that questioned Kastle build quality. Only issue I've ever experienced is the older topsheets have that mirror like finish that can show ever little scratch. Bases have held up well to a couple of spring runs that literally ended up skiing on rocks and mud. FX's are made in same factory as MX's, mine (have owned both models) seem pretty similar in terms of durability. Do you tend to ski in trees or off-piste where any ski can get messed up in a hurry? 

post #105 of 113
No....ski quality is shit. I'll post pictures once I grab them from storage....no exciting skiing either....30 days of on-piste skiing at Stratton, the skis are totally shot....not the quality of my MX 78, MX 88 or Kastle SL skis I already own....these just aren't up to that build quality.....
post #106 of 113
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Originally Posted by nvr2late View Post

LOVE MY FX 94, but your post makes me question the build quality of the FX series as my 94 from last year is in terrible shape after only one season of skiing, delaminating in spots and the top sheet is peeling and/or cut and peeled back in multiple places.....great ski but I honestly expected more durability from a ski of this price.....my MX 88's are still bullet proof.....

well,I'm a aggressive charger and risk taker,if I wanna try something I don't think to much,I just go and do it,there is no day up there  without me falling at least 10+ times,but that is how I learn...with that kind of approach you should not expect skies to last a life time,mine are 2 seasons old and could go trough another one but they are completely beaten up,I had no other kastle skies but this one,so can't say much about MX line,but I don't think that they are much different than FX build wise.

post #107 of 113

Konta, how about the new (reintroduced) MX98?  I've not skied it, but I own the old MX98 and it is my favorite ski of all time.  Rips, great in trees, reasonable flotation.  I understand that the new MX98 has a little bit of early tip rise -- not sure how I'd like that, but I'd seriously consider it.

 

Mike

post #108 of 113
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
 

Konta, how about the new (reintroduced) MX98?  I've not skied it, but I own the old MX98 and it is my favorite ski of all time.  Rips, great in trees, reasonable flotation.  I understand that the new MX98 has a little bit of early tip rise -- not sure how I'd like that, but I'd seriously consider it.

 

Mike

you got me thinking now!!!...will have to do my research all over again :)

post #109 of 113
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Originally Posted by Konta Becar View Post

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Originally Posted by nvr2late View Post

LOVE MY FX 94, but your post makes me question the build quality of the FX series as my 94 from last year is in terrible shape after only one season of skiing, delaminating in spots and the top sheet is peeling and/or cut and peeled back in multiple places.....great ski but I honestly expected more durability from a ski of this price.....my MX 88's are still bullet proof.....
well,I'm a aggressive charger and risk taker,if I wanna try something I don't think to much,I just go and do it,there is no day up there  without me falling at least 10+ times,but that is how I learn...with that kind of approach you should not expect skies to last a life time,mine are 2 seasons old and could go trough another one but they are completely beaten up,I had no other kastle skies but this one,so can't say much about MX line,but I don't think that they are much different than FX build wise.

You'd better not ever take a lesson or put yourself in a position where you'll receive any good coaching, then, because the very first thing they'll teach you is separating your ideas into discrete thoughts known as sentences, which traditionally are separated by a specific punctuation mark called a "period," which looks like this: .
post #110 of 113

^^^ Simple: Konta Becar is channeling our late, and grammar challenged, Josh. :rotflmao:

post #111 of 113
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post


You'd better not ever take a lesson or put yourself in a position where you'll receive any good coaching, then, because the very first thing they'll teach you is separating your ideas into discrete thoughts known as sentences, which traditionally are separated by a specific punctuation mark called a "period," which looks like this: .

Ok,so we pissed lil' Miss Peggy Sue here,I thing you could find three "dots" on one spot somewhere up there in my post,why don't you break it a part and distribute it to your liking and maybe that would calm your feathers down. You like poetry,bonsai and grammar, but not all of us are like that, maybe you dream about being a "spelling bee" champion going down the green run, but not me !!! 

 

p.s. you must have been winter fairy? If not be careful,your wings might freeze :)

post #112 of 113

Whaoh.  And he gets angry, too.

post #113 of 113

Konta, once you get your license next week, you can just jump in the family car and drive off your stress. Meanwhile, maybe step back and take a look at your post count. The single digit suggests you may want to chill out, learn the culture here, rather than fluffing at anyone who dares criticize you. Just a thought. ;)

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