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Is the Blizzard Brahma and the Kastle MX83 too similar to own both?

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Interested in both skis but don't have a chance to demo either.  Anybody demo both and have any insight?

 

Thanks,

 

Chuck

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I own both the 173cm Kastle Mx83 and 180cm blizzard Brahma.

 

Honestly they are not even close to the same. The Kastle is on piste ski that can ski all mountain pretty damn well. The Brahma is an all mountain ski that on piste/powder pretty well as well. The Brahma feels much much bigger than the 7 cm would say, and want to make longer carved turns. The kastle can be bent into some rather small turn in pure carves despite is pretty long 18 meter sidecut. 

 

The brahmas are an all mountain slayer

the MX83 is an on piste scalpel. 

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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

I own both the 173cm Kastle Mx83 and 180cm blizzard Brahma.

 

Honestly they are not even close to the same. The Kastle is on piste ski that can ski all mountain pretty damn well. The Brahma is an all mountain ski that on piste/powder pretty well as well. The Brahma feels much much bigger than the 7 cm would say, and want to make longer carved turns. The kastle can be bent into some rather small turn in pure carves despite is pretty long 18 meter sidecut. 

 

The brahmas are an all mountain slayer

the MX83 is an on piste scalpel. 

Josh,

Thanks a bunch.  That is exactly what I was looking for.  Now someone just needs to buy my MX78 so I can pick up the MX83.

 

Chuck


Edited by procos - 1/21/14 at 5:40am
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Josh,

Thanks a bunch.  That is exactly what I was looking for.  Now someone just needs to buy my MX78 so I can pick up the MX83.

 

Chuck

 

Speaking of scalpels....

post #6 of 11
I would hardly call an 83mm frontside "oriented" ski a frontside scalpel.

Can you carve with it , sure.

Pure hardsnow frontside scalpels will be in the 72mm and under catagory.
In the Kastle line up, that's RX domain
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I would hardly call an 83mm frontside "oriented" ski a frontside scalpel.

Can you carve with it , sure.

Pure hardsnow frontside scalpels will be in the 72mm and under catagory.
In the Kastle line up, that's RX domain

 

Ahh... you mean a Whiteface ski...

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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

I own both the 173cm Kastle Mx83 and 180cm blizzard Brahma.

 

Honestly they are not even close to the same. The Kastle is on piste ski that can ski all mountain pretty damn well. The Brahma is an all mountain ski that on piste/powder pretty well as well. The Brahma feels much much bigger than the 7 cm would say, and want to make longer carved turns. The kastle can be bent into some rather small turn in pure carves despite is pretty long 18 meter sidecut. 

 

The brahmas are an all mountain slayer

the MX83 is an on piste scalpel. 

Now I know who got @epic's 83's. Good for you.

 

I will take your analogy one further. The Brahma is a tool, the MX83 is an instrument. I love the Brahma, but there is a reason the Kastle is $500.00 more. 

 

Oh and yes, they can coexist in the same quiver. 

post #9 of 11

yep, very different ski's.  the 83 is indeed precise, I think that's what Josh meant. 

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Originally Posted by procos View Post
 

Interested in both skis but don't have a chance to demo either.  Anybody demo both and have any insight?

 

Thanks,

 

Chuck

 

Not even close.  The MX83 is a powerhouse, total crudbuster at speed if you are a good skier. It has a speed limit of a 180cm!  Amazing carver, amazing energy, powerhouse yet easy to ski.  Refinement and sweet spot feel are 2nd to none.  It really has world class on-piste performance, yet the off-piste ability of this ski is nothing to sneer at.

 

The Brahma feels more like a quick, narrower softer snow ski to me. Excellent in trees and crud, likes some speed to come alive.  Nice in bumps if you can bend it.  OK carver, skis too short for my tastes, best off-piste, but is going to be floatier than the MX83.

 

If it were me, I would own an MX83, and then if you wanted that platform from Blizzard, grab a Kabookie or Bonafide.  Take more width with still adequate lateral stiffness for bad snow.  If you own an MX83, you aren't going to be grabbing a Brahma for on-piste skiing, so why not go wider?  

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Not even close.  The MX83 is a powerhouse, total crudbuster at speed if you are a good skier. It has a speed limit of a 180cm!  Amazing carver, amazing energy, powerhouse yet easy to ski.  Refinement and sweet spot feel are 2nd to none.  It really has world class on-piste performance, yet the off-piste ability of this ski is nothing to sneer at.

The Brahma feels more like a quick, narrower softer snow ski to me. Excellent in trees and crud, likes some speed to come alive.  Nice in bumps if you can bend it.  OK carver, skis too short for my tastes, best off-piste, but is going to be floatier than the MX83.

If it were me, I would own an MX83, and then if you wanted that platform from Blizzard, grab a Kabookie or Bonafide.  Take more width with still adequate lateral stiffness for bad snow.  If you own an MX83, you aren't going to be grabbing a Brahma for on-piste skiing, so why not go wider?  

The reason not the Bones because I own the FX94 which I prefer to the Bones. I also own the Cochise which I love. I bought a Brahma today from your store today. Couldn't pass up the price. Have wanted to try this ski for awhile. Gonna buy the MX83 as well but gotta wait until my MX78 sells first.
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