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Kastle LX Question

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
i am an intermediate-advanced, 185 lb., 5' 9", 65 year-old skier who skies at a moderate pace in both Eastern and Western snow conditions with a bias to piste but some off piste. Would the Kastle LX 82 be a better choice over the MX83 or MX88? In other words, given my preferred style and choice of conditions, would not the LX be a little less demanding than the MX series, or will my weight alone bend the liveliness out of the LX? Thank you for your comments.
Michael
post #2 of 9

I own both the LX82 and the MX83.  I just bought the MX83's and haven't skied them yet but have skied the LX82's extensively.  I love my LX82 and for what you are describing I think the LX82 in 172 would be the perfect ski for you.  I couldn't imagine not owning my LX82's.  They practically turn themselves.  To me they are the most underrated ski in the Kastle line.

post #3 of 9
I'm 6' 165 66 yo. And I like my 172 LXs. There may be some who can overpower them but for what you describe I think they're great.
post #4 of 9

I think you'd be happy with either the MX83 or the LX82. The MX88 might be a handful if meant primarily for groomers; they like room and speed to run. As far as the LX or MX, latter is stiffer, damper, bit more demanding, but higher speed limit. LX will be better in bumps. Both will be silky and precise. If you want something that doesn't require as much attention, but is still capable of more than most people have to give, I'd say the LX. If you want to push envelopes, and maybe take a couple of lessons, then the MX. 

post #5 of 9

Ski Canada's take...

 

"With a wider platform underfoot, the LX82 even made ungroomed terrain easy and delivered confidence with a solid, flowing feel throughout the turn.  'This ski hit the mark for it's classification.  It's nice and smooth with a bit of energy in the tail to accelerate out of the turn with ease,' said Mark Ledoux.  Some testers felt it was a fairly aggressive option for the category [easy cruisers] and was aimed more toward advanced guys.  It was easy edge to edge with lots of energy and performance, and Kelly Blunden found it was 'great for all turn sizes and can take an advanced skier to the next level.'"

 

 

Mark Ledoux

Top 3 easy cruisers

Blizzard Power 800

Fischer Progressor 800

Volkl RTM 80

Personal ski: Blizzard

5'6", 140lbs, 40yo

Style: Technical, big-mt, CSP, CAAII

 

Kelly Blunden

Top 3 easy cruisers

Fischer Progressor 800

Kastle LX82

Blizzard Power 800

Personal ski: Rossignol

5'11", 205lbs, 52yo

Style: All-mountain carver, CSIA IV, CSCF III

 

 

The 12 testers all listed their favorites in the category.  Here's the list from most to least favorite.  Most 1st, 2nd and 3rd place votes is higher on the list.

 

1. Fischer Progressor 800

2. Blizzard Power 800 (most 1st place votes)

2. Salomon X-Drive 80 Ti

2. Kastle LX-82

5. K2 AMP 80X

5. Nordica Doberman Spitfire Ti EVO

7. Atomic Nomad Radon Ti

8. Head Rev 78

8. Elan Amphibio 78 Ti Fusion

8. Ogasaka KS-RS

11. Volkl RTM 80

post #6 of 9

If you have Kastle on the brain, also consider the FX series -> FX84 or FX94 .

I've had LX92 &  MX88 previously, and currently MX78 & FX94 in the quiver.

 

In the MX88 you might be in-between lengths, as they come in 168 & 178. 

I am very happy with my MX78 in 178 and FX94 in 176, but found the MX88 in 178 a bit too much ski for me.

With the FX94 , I like the bit added beef/dampness over the LX92.

 

- Andy

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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post
 

If you have Kastle on the brain, also consider the FX series -> FX84 or FX94 .

I've had LX92 &  MX88 previously, and currently MX78 & FX94 in the quiver.

 

In the MX88 you might be in-between lengths, as they come in 168 & 178. 

I am very happy with my MX78 in 178 and FX94 in 176, but found the MX88 in 178 a bit too much ski for me.

With the FX94 , I like the bit added beef/dampness over the LX92.

 

- Andy

 

Very good suggestion Andy.  I have 3 Kastles in my quiver LX82, MX83 and FX94.  Haeven't skied the MX83 yet since I just got it but if I like it as much as my other 2 I'll be super stoked.  I also owned the MX78 in 178 and felt it a tad long.  So I am hoping the MX83 in 173 hits the sweet spot in length for the MX series for me.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you to everyone for these very helpful replies!  

 

I have two quick follow-up questions, if you can indulge me. How will the LX82 do in Western powder,say,6-8 inches or so?  And, in your opinion, how does the LX82 compare with the Head Rev Pro 85 (in powder and on groomers)?

post #9 of 9

Neither of them are powder skis. But I've skied both in those conditions. The LX doesn't notice it (6-8 inches that is). The rev can get hooky if it is soft. On groomers the Rev is certainly turny. And chattery, and twitchy in a straight line. Definitely easier to turn, but if you don't need the autopilot, you'll be happier with the Kastle.

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