So I am a major lurker on this site. I love to see the reviews of all the brands and models. I read all the magazines and watch the reviews on Youtube. I don't just do it with skis but guns, saxophones, golf clubs, cars etc. Anything I have an interest in I just love to read the specs on everything. Im a sucker too as I buy way to much crap just because I am easy to sell to. I have been especially interested in the pomp and circumstance of the Kastle Brand. I have a pair of Blizzard Magnum 7.6. I also have a pair of Shaggys. They showed up at my office after my buddy Dr Steve and I had about 5 too many glasses of red and then went to a Warren Miller Film. I forgot I bought them…its not as bad as the car I bought on Ebay that showed up and I didn't remember either. I would have 20 pair of skis but I also have a little voice that keeps me in line..well its attached to a blond who I have been married to for almost 15 years and I sort of want to keep it that way.
Back to Kastle, I m up at Boyne Mountain with my kids and that little voice, when I take a break I love to go window shop. This time they had a pair of Kastle MX88 in 178 sitting there. So this dude starts telling me all about them blah blah Kastle this….they are the Maserati of skis blah blah….little did I know he is the head golf pro and turned out to be a really cool guy who knew tons about skis. Little did he know I have been reading every review and fact about that specific ski for three years. He says to me take em out. Wait. What? Seriously? Yep he fits me up and I guess I was demoing them. Real quick, Im 44. I have been skiing since I was 11. I went to some stupid camp with my Hebrew School and got bit. Took 10 years off cause of life. That voice told me she wanted me to teach the kids. I have no idea what kind of skier I am. I ski whatever the chairlift takes me to. But I do try to stay on the steepest point of the hill and just do my thing. I am turning into a middle age fat guy as I am about 5 8 190 ish. My Magnums are 163. I suspect they are a bit too short for me as I wash them out all the time and they just won't turn as much as I want them to. I do like them though. I have skied all over the country. Sorry for the rambling…just trying to provide perspective.
So here I am with my holy grail ski at the top of Hemlock. 30 seconds later Im standing at the chairlift saying to myself…they are not really that good are they? A few minutes later Im at the top of McClouth…30 seconds later I'm standing at the chairlift again. Ladies and Gentlemen. I have demoed a lot of skis. This is the smoothest, most refined ski I have ever skied on. I was very tired and a bit wobbly on my third run so I figured I would ride em a couple more times. I pushed as hard as I possibly could. It was absolutely unflappable. FINALLY, a ski that would turn as much as I wanted it to. I would push all my weight at full speed load it up and it just threw me from side to side. My Magnums shudder a lot and just don't seem to …handle what I want it to do. This thing was crazy. The question always seems to be if they are worth the $1000. I don't think they are. I think they are worth $2000. I wished Hemlock was about 3 miles long and steeper. It was as if this ski was too much for the run. I didn't say they made me better . I was not asked for any autographs. It did however do everything I wanted it to do faster, smoother, and more refined than any set of boards I have strapped on. I am not affiliated with Kastle or any ski business. I will buy a pair.