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Kastle fx 84 vs head rev pro 85

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I normally ski blizzard magnum 8.0 Ti here on the East Coast. I am 55, fit , level 7, 5'10", 200 lbs

Mostly groomers but go west a couple times a year. I really enjoyed the latigo in 177 for the east coast groomers, more playful than the magnum- so i bought it. Really liked the quickness, the forgiving-ness. Confidence inspirit on groomers and ice. But crud confuses it. Easily deflected and not so good in in a few inches of cut up powder. So I am looking for something wider to ski that week after we get a dump in the East and to take w me out west.

 

I demoed a Kastle MX 83. The ski is a beast to the crud. It actually loves the stuff and inspires you to carve and jump. But it wants speed and force to come alive. At slow speeds, slow turns and bumps, it's a plank. And I am not one to race down a hill full of intermediates and children. And though I love the glades at Jay peak, I usually take them slow and stop to take photographs. The 83 feels like it is a chore in those conditions.

 

So I want something playful like the latigo for powder and cut up snow. After reading and reading and reading the two skis that keep floating up are the kastle fx84 and the head rev 85 pro. Sure someone might say, I left out the brahma. So, please if you have skied all three,  tell me your thoughts. Dawg,your reviews are so clear, concise and readable, I actually feel like I have been on the ski after reading your words. They would be appreciated now. 

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after reading this thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130680/review-2015-stockli-stormrider-88/30

 

I m now even more confused

Kastle fx84, HeadRev 85 pro, dynastar power 89 or StockliSR 88

 

I guess I have to demo-I am going to Breck in March - does anyone know a good place to demo these?


Edited by bwana - 1/29/15 at 5:35pm
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I normally ski blizzard magnum 8.0 Ti here on the East Coast. I am 55, fit , level 7, 5'10", 200 lbs

Mostly groomers but go west a couple times a year. I really enjoyed the latigo in 177 for the east coast groomers, more playful than the magnum- so i bought it. Really liked the quickness, the forgiving-ness. Confidence inspirit on groomers and ice. But crud confuses it. Easily deflected and not so good in in a few inches of cut up powder. So I am looking for something wider to ski that week after we get a dump in the East and to take w me out west.

 

I demoed a Kastle MX 83. The ski is a beast to the crud. It actually loves the stuff and inspires you to carve and jump. But it wants speed and force to come alive. At slow speeds, slow turns and bumps, it's a plank. And I am not one to race down a hill full of intermediates and children. And though I love the glades at Jay peak, I usually take them slow and stop to take photographs. The 83 feels like it is a chore in those conditions.

 

So I want something playful like the latigo for powder and cut up snow. After reading and reading and reading the two skis that keep floating up are the kastle fx84 and the head rev 85 pro. Sure someone might say, I left out the brahma. So, please if you have skied all three,  tell me your thoughts. Dawg,your reviews are so clear, concise and readable, I actually feel like I have been on the ski after reading your words. They would be appreciated now. 

 

LX82 instead?

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Interesting you should say that. Yesterday I demoed a pair at Mt. Wachusett.  My impression is that they lacked personality. Lost the edge sooner than the MX 83 - more slippy but also more bendy without the 'pop' that the latigo can give. A cadillac ride, but then again, there was only groomed packed powder - no crud or fresh that I am looking to use these skis in. Next on my demo list are the fx 84. But I really need the proper conditions to get a feel. I am going to sugarbush this weekend - maybe I'll find a place to demo something from my list.

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Last year I demoed the Rev 85 (as well as the Kendo) before purchasing the FX 84 -- I now have about ten days on the FX 84. I liked the Rev 85 in soft groomed early March conditions in Maine -- damp and solid underfoot at moderate speeds, good edge hold, and easy to bend and work the ski -- but wasn't impressed enough to buy (I'm 5'10", 165 lbs, and skied the 177). A day later I demoed the Kendo, which was a stiffer and livelier ski that ate up variable snow better than the Rev.  I ended up buying the FX 84 to get to the best attributes of the Rev and the Kendo -- the dampness and edge-hold of the Rev, with the quickness and off-piste stability of the Kendo. I'm very happy with the FX 84 -- great edge-hold on the early season ice this year, excellent in the bumps, very quick edge-to-edge, and really stable at speed.  Looking forward to playing with them in softer conditions over the next couple of weeks.

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