I just recently joined Epicski but I have been reading these forums for the past year. I have a question to ask--one that has been discussed at length in a few threads. I have read through these threads but am on the fence as the decision relates to my particular situation. Any help would be great.
I ski on average 4-5 times per week here in New England, but not full days midweek, just on weekends. I am 41 yrs old, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, and have been skiing my whole life. I raced, not super competitively, up through high school. I now coach at the U12 level (this accounts for the bulk 4-5 days of skiing/week). As such, I spend the vast majority of my time on slope on Volkl Racetiger SL wc 165 skis. I also have a pair of Volkl Racetiger gs wc 185 that I use from time to time.
I have been looking for a third ski to be my one go to ski for when I am free skiing and do not want to be on my race skis. I am looking for something that will excel on hard pack, crud, loose snow, bumps, woods etc. But I also ski very fast. My race skis obviously handle the hard pack and the speed very well, but can suffer in the other categories. We spend a lot of time in the woods/bumps/varied terrain free skiing with the racers as part of their training. So having a ski on hand that is better suited to this type of terrain would be great.
Last season I demoed a pair of Volkl RTM 84s and spent a full day on them in spring conditions. They were very good in the spring conditions, particularity the crud etc. I loved them and bought a new pair, at 181 cm length, shortly afterwards. They sat all summer and I pulled them out at the beginning of this season. Again, they handled very well on hard pack, crud, bumps, woods. I have to admit that I am not in love with how they turn--hard to explain--they almost turn on their own and don't respond well to subtle things I do. That said I still like this ski as they are---in the end they are a lot of fun. But the deal breaker for me, and causes me to leave them home, is their poor performance at very high speed. At high speed they feel squirrely, chattery, smeary. Just not what I am looking for at all as skiing fast is more important to me than anything else. So I am going to sell my RTM84s and I am now looking for a new ski.
So brings me to my question in the title. I have read great info about the Kastle MX88 (and MX83) here. I feel like one of these ski might be the right one for me. I checked around here and nobody demos them in this area. In fact, I can't even find a Kastle dealer in New England. So I am turning to the kinds folks here for some advice.
Would you recommend the MX line from Kastle for me and if so, would the 83 or 88 be better suited? Also, what length would you advise? The Kastle website recomends the MX83 in a 183 and the MX88 in a 188 (funny, right?). These seem on the long side but I'm not sure.
Anyway, thanks for all of your help!