I guess I depends "how-powder" you want to go.
I ski the MX78 178cm as my DD at my local groomer hill ( 5'9" 175 lbs ).
I just grabbed some FX94 176cm a couple days ago to be my "travel ski" ( haven't arrived yet )
Great reviews here at Epic ( see Dawgcatching ) for its all-around performance.
I wanted a versatile ski -> groomer performance, chop & crud, some early rise, and moderate width for float. Can't wait to get them here and mounted up. And yeah, I'm a Kastle fanboy.
In the Kastle camp, you could also consider the BMX98 or BMX108 ?
For a non-Kastle ski, another consideration is the DPS Wailer 99 ( Pure3 or Hybrid construction).
My pal has them in Pure build, along with 112RP Pures, and the 99 are a great all-rounder too IMO.
For MY style and likes/needs ( something damper ) if I were to get the 99's, I'd get the 99 in Hybrid construction ( and also cheaper at $800 vs $1250 for the carbon fiber skis ).
I also snagged some V-Werk Katana 177cm as they were too sexy and too cheap to pass up on.
Great review at Blister Gear site, and some comments here at Epic.
Of course the Blizzard Bonafide and Cochise gets lots of love here too.
Hopefully others will chime in. Good luck in the hunt !
Edited by ARL67 - 3/22/14 at 6:50am