Sizing for Kastle FX and LX - Page 2
Late, I agree with Mark on this one. If you liked the 176 and found it stable, you found your ski. It would be hard to do better as an everyday, take it as it comes, all-mountain choice for Crystal.
I also demo'd the 176 on Saturday at Crystal (sounds like we were all hovering around the same tents on Saturday). I am a just click smaller than you are (5'11", 185#) and I thought that the 176 was perfect - 186 would have been too much. I also took it up chair 6 in the Slurpee mush and it crushed it. I am sure it would be great in powder - and awesome in chopped up "resort powder" which is the condition we are more likely to be seeing a couple of hours after the lifts have opened.
The FX 94 skis big (probably because of the relatively traditional tail and the metal laminate construction). I don't see any reason to size it up and I think that you'd need to be a pretty big guy, or a ton of skier to really enjoy the 186. At 176, I found it super-stable, powerful underfoot and still easy to maneuver. And back on piste, it carves beautifully. I typically ride a Bonafide in 180, and I thought that the FX94 felt "bigger" even at 4mm narrower, 4 cm shorter. Probably because the tail is more planted and because it has a longer turn radius than the Bone. So it skis a bit bigger (relatively), even in slightly smaller dimensions.
Really nice ski (although I am not entirely convinced that it is 2x the ski of a comparable Nordica or Blizzard). But it is an awesome ski I'd love to own, one that would definitely appeal to skier who favors the damp Blizzi/Nordica/Volkl feel.
On another note, I was surprised how much more burly of a ski the FX94 was over the FX84 - totally different feel, to me a totally different concept.
Curious what you thought of the FX84 and how much different it was than the FX94. I am on the fence between the two as my mid quiver ski fro when I'm not on my SL skis or my BMX108's. Live just north of you guys in Vancouver, BC. Liked the previous FX94 in 186 but wasn't quite convinced it was for me and liked my BMX and MX78 more. Reviews seem to be excellent for the 13/14 models. So I am leaning toward an Fx84 as I suspect it will be a better piste ski and quicker, more fun to ski in trees and with kids than the FX94. May wait to demo... or I could go with an MX83 which was arguably my favorite ski to date... decisions decisions. Wish I could afford a MX83 and FX94!
While I think Kastle's subtle white design theme particularly in the LX and MX series is a absolute godsend to the often tacky and tasteless ski world I have to say that the new FX series looks really good. The FX94 is a stunner in person. Will it be as timeless? Probably not.
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Okay. Good idea. But I want video of THEIR skiing, too, before letting them past first base. Never forget one guy who was all superior about how a skier "like you" [me] didn't really need such high performance gear as I was wanting to talk about. Few weeks later I suddenly recognized his name in my own race league ...quite a few slots below me in the standings. Busted! The point is not that I'm a great skier. Precisely the opposite: Even I am better than some of these jamokes. So I no longer assume.