Hello, second thread I've posted and appreciate all of the good information on this forum. A few months ago I posted and asked for inputs on new skis. Here is the post: Currently I am skiing on Dynastar 4X4 PowerTracs, probably 2000-2001 vintage. The skis are 97-70-107 and a length of 186. Five or six years ago, I demo'd a bunch of skis and ended up liking mine the best, with the Volkl Supersport 5 or 6 (think it was the 6) star a close second. It looks like a lot has changed since then in the ski designs. I grew up skiing out West but have recently moved to the East Coast and will be staying out East primarily. I am 6' and 185-190lbs, ski 15-20 days/year average, prefer to ski groomed cruisers going fast, both blacks and blues, don't like skiing moguls, probably a 7 to an 8 on the ability scale, and want to get one, all-purpose ski. My boots are Dale Boots from 2000ish. Thanks in advance.
Since that post, I have demo'd a lot of skis in varying conditions: Gunstock, NH hard snow, Stowe VT both hard snow and 14-16" new snow, Snow Basin Utah with 9-10" new snow and Spring conditions, Alta Utah with frozen corn snow. Piches ski shop had a demo days at Gunstock yesterday so I was able to a ski good number of skis in one day.I have found I like trees and bumps a little more than when I last posted. Since then my buddy in Utah drug me down a lot of off piste runs!! The ski's I've tried and my very unscientific findings!:
Kastle MX88, Great on the groomers and really liked to go fast. Towards the end of the day, seemed to push me a bit, felt like I needed to go fast when I wasn't really up for it (after my buddy had kicked my ass in the trees and off piste conditions at Snow Basin)
Kastle LX92, Conditions were frozen corn, didn't do much for me, felt a little light
Kastle MX83, Really liked this ski on the groomers, if that's all I ever wanted to do, probably would be my first choice
Rossi E88, did not like this ski, seemed rather boring, felt heavy, rather non-descript
Volkyl Kendo, Wanted to like it, but felt like a lot of work on the groomers
Nordica Steadfast, Tried this ski twice, in fresh snow and also hard pack. Wanted to like this ski based on all of the good words on Epic and other reviews, but I did not care for it. Hard to put a finger on it, but it just didn't do it for me.
Atomic Nomad Blackeye TI, Liked the ski, only skied on hard pack groomer. Wanted to try the wider version, but was unavailable.
Blizzard Bushwacker, seemed to chatter a bit on the hard snow, but not a bad ski. Wanted to take off piste but conditions sucked due to freezing rain the night before
Blizzard Brahma, Loved the ski. Stable on the groomers and did one run in the bumps and I really liked it. So far, my favorite and ready to pull the trigger, however…...
I'm going to Killington on Monday and will demo the Kastle FX94 and hopefully the BMX 88. Now that I look at the list, it's kind of ridiculous the number of skis I've tried!! I was ready to buy the Brahma last week until a buddy said to give the FX94 a try, he really loves it. Also, there is a Stokli Stormrider VXL that I can get for 599 in my size. Won't be able to demo, but I'm tempted. My only concern is that it might be a little too demanding, similar to MX88/Kendo. Any inputs on the Stockli? Not sure if it would be good for off piste or bumps. Also, from what I've written, will the FX94 or the BMX88 be worth spending $50 to demo? Thanks a lot. Maybe someday I will be able to give a much more scientific and definitive slant to my experiences with all of these skis!! Thanks again for the help with the initial suggestions. Kastle's are hard to demo…FYI, Pinnacle in Stowe, Peruvian Hut in Alta, Blackdog Sports in Killington, VT all have Kastle's to demo.