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Kastle selection

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Gang,

 

I ordered 2 pair of Kastles recently... an FX84 and an FX94.  My thinking is that for the groomers and hard snow days as well as bumps, the FX84 will be the ticket and for days where we have more snow or soft snow (spring), the FX94 will be the ticket.  

 

What do you guys think?  Is this overkill or a good strategy?  I ski New England and nowhere else.  Right now the snow is man-made boiler plate and I figured the 84 would perform better than my Rossi 88s.  Thoughts?

Bill

post #2 of 13

I'd have done the 84 and a 104, or an RX and a 94, but...


Edited by markojp - 11/25/13 at 4:32pm
post #3 of 13

They do seem to have some overlap. I think I'd have the FX84 and either the FX104 or the BMX108. Probably the BMX108. Either that or I'd pair the FX94 with an RX or MX78.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

But it looks like the 84 was a top rated frontside ski while the 94 was a top rated All Mountain East ski.  Still seems like they have different uses.  Probably going to get more use out of the 84 since so much of the season is frozen tundra type conditions.

post #5 of 13

I'm on the RX and FX94 program.

Love the RX's and can't wait to ski the 94s.

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Sugarloafer321 View Post

Gang,

I ordered 2 pair of Kastles recently... an FX84 and an FX94.

Do you have a sister?

We should get together at the Loaf with deliberate1 and maineskiaddict some day.

My pick for your hill would be MX83 + Soul 7. The FX84 is more of a Saddleback ski. You might have to unload your pair.
post #7 of 13
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No sisters.  Sorry :D  Anyway, I'm skiing Sunday River pretty frequently and the trails are skating rinks at the end of the day.  Although that's to be expected for this time of year, it is still disconcerting when my skis are slipping down scraped down icy trails at the end of the day.  I figured the 84 would be a good all-around NE ski while the 94 would be great at the Loaf and spring skiing.  All the reviews I've read indicate theyd make a great pair.  Besides, I'm used to skiing rockered skis and don't think I can ski a totally cambered ski like the MX83 very well.  I'm too used to early rise.

 

I'd love to hook up with you guys this season.  Have you been out skiing much?  I'll hit the Loaf when they are close to 100% open.  Until then, I'll keep skiing Sunday River.  Thanks for the insight.


Bill

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Sugarloafer321 View Post
 

No sisters.  Sorry :D  Anyway, I'm skiing Sunday River pretty frequently and the trails are skating rinks at the end of the day.  Although that's to be expected for this time of year, it is still disconcerting when my skis are slipping down scraped down icy trails at the end of the day.  I figured the 84 would be a good all-around NE ski while the 94 would be great at the Loaf and spring skiing.  All the reviews I've read indicate theyd make a great pair.  Besides, I'm used to skiing rockered skis and don't think I can ski a totally cambered ski like the MX83 very well.  I'm too used to early rise.

 

I'd love to hook up with you guys this season.  Have you been out skiing much?  I'll hit the Loaf when they are close to 100% open.  Until then, I'll keep skiing Sunday River.  Thanks for the insight.


Bill

 

I'm sure you'll have tons of fun on your skis. I should have provided more cues re: the partially tongue-in-cheek / good-natured trash talk nature of part of my post. I should definitely have added a ;) at the end so you'd know I was angling for your FX84s for use at my home mountain.

 

I was at the River on Saturday for a few hours. T2 was like skiing on a dinner plate after the thaw Friday. But I thought the rest of the mountain was in remarkably good shape, notably American Express and skier right on Monday Mourning. Perhaps I saw you there. Do you have a two-tone blue Patagonia shell with orange trim? Thought so.

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Yes you did!  Next time come up and say hi.  I skied Right Stuff the entire day.  Unfortunately, my first 1/2 of the day was trying out some older demo skis.  I don't think they were ever sharpened.  I had to side slip most of the way down on the steeper section.  I was pissed.  By the time I got my Rossi 88s back on, my confidence was totally shot and I felt like I had forgotten how to ski so I just left the mountain in disgust.

 

I was out there the weekend before and had a great time but Saturday sucked.  I'm hoping to hit it this Sunday.  Shoot me an email at wtb@williamblylaw.com.  And yes, I tend to take things too literally on internet message boards.  :D

post #10 of 13

Your two ski quiver is a bit non-conventional, but it does make sense if you prefer ungroomed conditions to carving groomers. I'm sure Kastle would be happy with your purchase! 

 

They are two great skis that aren't too different and yet, at the same time, they really are. I'm in agreement with the folks who would have gone 104... but that might be too wide too often for you, odds are you know your personal ski needs better than us.

post #11 of 13

I live in NE, I've owned the 94, and have skied the 84. You're only talking 10 mm of waist - most people can't even notice less than 5 mm - and otherwise identical; IMO they both feel fairly similar and fill the same niche. Yep the 84 is a bit more inclined toward on-piste, and a bit livelier, the 94 a bit more toward off. The 84 in a little better in bumps, the 94 in trees. Etc. But that's straining to find differences. Personally, I'd keep one and return the other for something more different. Given it's NE, I'd keep the 94 for soft days and swap the 84 for a M78...or if you're really wanting to handle the boilerplate, an RX12. The 84 is a good ski on boilerplate, but not a great ski. YMMV

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post
 

I'd have done the 84 and a 104, or an RX and a 94, but...

Yup. Or the new MX98. 

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

So... I decided to hang on to both pairs of Kastles (FX84 & FX94) b/c I'm stubborn and I really liked the reviews I read.  Today I got to take out the FX84s to Sunday River.  WOW!!!  What a difference a new set of skis make.  Last weekend I could barely stay upright on some beat up demos (figured out they were NEVER sharpened) and my experience was totally miserable.  Today, different story.  I was able to tip these skis and carved like I've never done before (keep in mind that I'm not much of a carver).  The skis had great edge hold on really hard boiler plate and I was able to "slarve" in the soft snow on the sides of the trail.  No bumps to test them out on but I instantly fell in love with these skis and they will be my primary hard snow all-mountain ski.  


My plan is to use the 84 during our snow droughts and when it's primarily a man-made snow surface and bust out the 94s when we get snow and for the spring when things soften up.  When the snow gets skied off, it will be back to the 84.  Glad I watched Philpug's review on the 94 and read the review on the 84.  Watching those coupled with the reviews on Realskier convinced me to pull the trigger.  I couldn't be happier with that ski and look forward to our first snowstorm so I can bust out the 94.

 

Bill

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