In my "Indiana Jones" like quest to find the perfect Eastern all mountain ski, I have gone through many models over the past several years. I am not sure where everyone else skis, but my day in the East usually involves a bit of ice. I have always gravitated towards a race carver in an effort to deal with the ice.
Here is a partial list of some of the skis:
Head Supershape Magnum
Head Supershape Titan
Fischer Progressor 9+
Volkl AC 40
Nordica Jet Fuel
Dynastar Contact 4x4
The the main problem is I love to ski bumps . The aformentioned skis all were useable in bumps but far from perfect due their stiffness. There was always the trade-off between bumps and ice performance . The result has been that the people at the consignment sale for our local ski shop know me on a first name basis .
I recently caught the end of the season sale at our local ski shop and bought the Kastle MX 83. I know a lot has been said about this ski,but it is really the perfect combination for Eastern skiing.
We recently had a spring skiing day where we had the weather of three seasons all in one day . It started with ice and snow showers in the morning and then progressed to 47 degrees, sun and large soft bumps.
This ski was able to make slalom turns on Eastern blue ice in the morning.
When it slushy, you could ski in a more neutral position, and without pushing the ski you could easily skid and have a more docile ski that was not edgey. I was able to surf over the clumps of slush.
The tip is relatively soft and skiing bumps was a blast.
Honestly, In 35 years of skiing I have never skied a ski that was this good. They have the flex perfect. The tip is relatively soft and sucks you into the turn. The tail is strong and finishes the turn. Big sweet spot, I think anyone could use this ski. For a more advanced skier the ski comes alive when pushed. It reaches a point, when the ski is pressured, that the ski starts pushing back and really feels like a race ski.
We skied everything that day:ice, steep, bumps and fast. With the changing conditions that day it was a good test for the varied abilities of this ski. Here is the GPS from part of the afternoon.
I don't know how they accomplished this all in one ski but it is like having a race carver, a freeride ski and a mogul ski all in one.
Our season is coming to an end in the East. I am glad I got this last day in and do not have to wonder all summer how this ski feels.
Does anyone want to buy a pair of lightly used Dynastar Contact 4x4's?
Edited by Dauntless - 3/31/13 at 8:41am