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Line Sick Day 95, Rossignol Soul 7, K2 Rictor 82 XTI, Kastle MX78

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Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Burke, VT

Snow Conditions: frozen granular

Demo or Own: Demo day!

 

Product:

 

Line Sick Day 95

Length Tested: 179

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  130-95-115, 19m

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber,

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested (boot center)

 

The Sick Day 95 was definitely not the choice ski for the day. I had a tough time setting an edge by engaging the tip, but this should not be a surprise given the construction of the ski. Due to the twin tip construction they were very forgiving if you got in the back seat. Things got even worse on the areas covered in crunchy death cookies that were ripped up on the groomers. I almost returned the skis after one run because I hated them so much. By the second run I was understanding how to handle the softer tipped skis, but I still returned them after the second run. Based on my initial impressions I think these would excel in soft snow ungroomed terrain, but are not a daily driver for the east.

 

Rossignol Soul 7

Length Tested: 188

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  137-108-127, 18m

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Early Rise Tip & Tail w/camber,

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested (boot center)

 

I was very surprised and how well these did on the frozen groomers. They were much better than the Sick Day 95. They ski much shorter and narrower than their dimensions suggest. The conditions did not do them justice, but it was reassuring to see that the can handle firm conditions, at least with a good tune. They were very forgiving of suboptimal input. They clearly are not the optimal tool for a firm day, but at not time did they feel squirrely or hesitant.

 

K2 Rictor 82 XTi

Length Tested: 179

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  127-82-112, 17m

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Early Rise Tip w/camber,

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested (boot center)

 

These were the pick of the day. They felt like they were built for the refrozen conditions. The new Rictor 82 XTi had much better edge grip than the older K2 Aftershocks that I used to own. They were nimble and really bit into the hardpack. In keeping with K2 tradition, they are a forgiving carver. The inspired confidence in the steeps and handled the speed well. These are a real upgrade from the previous generation Rictor.

 

Kastle MX 78 (2012)

Length Tested: 184

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  121-78-105, 20m

Camber (select one, delete the rest): Traditional Camber

Binding: Own

Mount point: Suggested (boot center)

 

The MX78's are my groomer / beer league ski. I took them out for a comparison as they are my go-to for these refrozen conditions. Compared to the Rictor 82, the MX78 is much more stable at speed. Whereas the Rictor was happy carving short to medium radius turns down the hardpack steeps, the MX78 demands to be pointed down the fall line and carve high-speed, long turns. This has really led me to question my ski selection. I'm starting to think that it may be time to sell my MX78 and look at a more accessible carving ski for the hardpack on traditionally narrow New England trails. The MX78 seems better suited for wide trails at irresponsible speeds, at least in the 184 cm length. On wide groomers the MX78 will wakes up with more and more speed to become a seriously thrilling carver. It will balk at short radius turns on a bullet-proof surface and becomes a lot to handle if you smear your turns or take it into tight spaces. The day really highlighted the trade-off between a more nimble carving ski and a high-speed GS ski.

Tester Info:

Username: yeggous

Age: 30

Height/Weight: 6'0", 195 lb

Ski Days/Season: 50-60

Years Skiing: 3

Aggressiveness: (select one, delete the rest): Moderate(Finesse)

Current Quiver: Kastle MX78, Rossignol Experience 88, Fischer Big Stix 110

Home Area: Wildcat, NH

Preferred Terrain: groomers, off-piste

 

 

 

 

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Get the MX78 in the 176 and your impression of the ski will be completely different.

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Originally Posted by eastskier44 View Post
 

Get the MX78 in the 176 and your impression of the ski will be completely different.

 

No kidding. The MX78 doesn't have any early rise, really flat tail: it probably has a good 7cm more running length than the Rictor in 184 vs 179.  Stiffer too! It has way more stability than the Rictor, even in the 176cm. 

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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
 

 

No kidding. The MX78 doesn't have any early rise, really flat tail: it probably has a good 7cm more running length than the Rictor in 184 vs 179.  Stiffer too! It has way more stability than the Rictor, even in the 176cm. 


The MX78 in 184 feels like a great ski for beer league racing, but can be a lot to handle outside of racing. After comparing it directly to shorter skis I'm left wanting something shorter with tenacious edge grip for skiing refrozen groomers New England groomers. I don't mean wide open groomers that you'll find at modern "resorts" -- I'm talking about the narrow, winding classic New England trails with rock solid "snow" that you'll find at Wildcat, Cranmore, Black Mt, Burke, etc. I'm just trying to justify the expense.

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The MX78 in 184 feels like a great ski for beer league racing, but can be a lot to handle outside of racing. After comparing it directly to shorter skis I'm left wanting something shorter with tenacious edge grip for skiing refrozen groomers New England groomers. I don't mean wide open groomers that you'll find at modern "resorts" -- I'm talking about the narrow, winding classic New England trails with rock solid "snow" that you'll find at Wildcat, Cranmore, Black Mt, Burke, etc. I'm just trying to justify the expense.

Somewhere a 176 RX is waiting with your name on it. :D

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Rictor 82 not made in 179cm it's a 177cm.

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Somewhere a 176 RX is waiting with your name on it. :D

Couldn't agree more! Had an MX78, loved it but for all things front side prefer the RX12 :)

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