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.