March 2 demo, Jackson Hole -- Tram, Thunder, Sublette chairs -- chutes, bumps, bowls, slicked off cruisers, w/ choppy snow on Lower Sublette & Hobacks.
Spring conditions, some new dusting of wind-blown over nasty frozen previous day melt, softening p.m. on lower mountain, northerly aspects actually pretty good all day.
Me: 5'10" 190lbs., technically old-school solid (narrowish stance, drive the tips & ride the middle), sometimes charging and other times not so much.
Found both models @ Pepi Steigler's to try. Good tunes on all. Haven't been on Kastle's since prior to the resurrection, but used to be a fan. Thought I'd see what the hype is about, with no intent to buy.
First tried the 83's in 173. Light, quick, nimble, effortless, good edge, but felt short and I just didn't trust them with any kind of speed in the chop.
Then the 88's in 178. A lot more ski. Solid everywhere. Could be made to be quick, but it took some of work, and I would not call them nimble or effortless by any stretch. Had to work to load them up. They were just ok in bumps -- again too much work to be considered a bump ski in my book. Work, work, work (that is, relative to the 83's in 173). Maybe if I were in better shape ---
Then back to the 83's in 183. Really really liked these. Kinda like an epiphany. Didn't lose much if any of the 173's light, quick, nimble, & easy characteristics, but the extra length added the 'trust factor' that I thought was lacking in the 173's. Seemed maybe even more solid than the 88's and also a lot more comfortable and fun. Loaded easier than the 88's and still released w/ some authority. Quick edge-to-edge fun was easy in all terrain & conditions. Solid & quiet big turns everywhere, and just plain quick, fun & easy thru the bumps. Super tip initiation that I like but just haven't found in any of the new rockered stuff. Did I mention fun?
Had no idea a single ski could be so good in so many oxymoronic (is that a word?) areas of performance.
Upon return, the guys @ Pepi's asked if I wanted a pair.
Yeah, right. Like I really need another pair of skis.
Umm. Bought the MX83's in 183 from Dawgcatching today. They shipped within a couple of hours from time of order - great service, thanks guys. Like somebody else said of the Kastle's in a past thread here -- don't try 'em unless you're prepared to buy 'em.