Originally Posted by qcanoe
I'm certain that I would notice the difference between the Kaestle in a category and the competitors. Whether I'd like it better or "appreciate it for what it is" I don't know
, but I just think you're painting with way too broad a brush above.
I had the opportunity once to go to a REALLY high end wine tasting. The "cheap" wines where around $150/bottle, the good stuff was over $1000. Could I tell the difference? Yes! Could I explain why or appreciate why one was over $1000 and the other was a paltry $150? No. And I know a thing or two about good wine - but I am no sommellier.
My wife once had the opportunity to drive a Ferrari among some other sports cars on a track day (I forget which one, but it was apparently one of their high end ones and it was the "top" car available) - she said driving it was "neat" because she knew what it was....but in reality, she said the other more "mainstream" sports cars (corvettes, 350Zs, etc) where actually more fun to drive. I suspsect if she was a pro-driver, she would have preferred the Ferrari - but being just "regular" driver (although she did race rally cars when she was younger) -she found the lower performance cars a better match for her. (In case you are wondering she said the Ferrari transmission was too touchy making shifts difficult, and the breaks were super touchy, and the pedals were too small and close together to use effectivley at her skill level)
So the question was...are Kastle's "worth it"? Well.....as written above, unless you are doing it just to impress those in the lift line, chances are....you will do better to save the 30% and buy some of the other great skis out there...
There is a reason manufacturers make beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert skis. Top of the line finese skis like the Kastle are great...and are total weapons on the right feet. But a ski that is more matched to the skill set of the skier...is always better, then just buying the "best" skis they can afford.