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Looking for a new One ski quiver...need help

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So a bit about me - I am 6'1, 205 pounds, very athletic type skier.  Don't really do too many tight trees just from a personal fear issue, but love the bumps, moguls, steeps, and long windy crusiers - I usually keep my max speeds to around 50mph from personal fear as well.  I have been using Fischer Motive 88s in 176cm length for the past several years, and they are starting to show their age and I am now looking for a new ski to replace them.

 

Where I ski the most is basically all over the place - a trip or 2 to the Pocono's each year to make sure my legs still work and my boots don't suck from sitting in the closet for 8 months, a week or so up to Vermont, and now recently have convinced my wife after a trip to Aspen/Snowmass that we're going out west for a week every year.

 

Only problem is that she won't support owning multiple skis...(don't need to hear about it from everyone, I just have to live with it haha).

 

So as I said, the Fischer's are starting to die, and it's time for something new.  While at Snowmass this year, I had the opportunity to demo Kastle MX88's and FX94's.  Mind you I was out west last week when they got 3 feet of snow over 3 nights...absolutely amazing conditions.  Both skis felt amazing going through the soft groomers as well as the 1-2 feet of powder stashes all around the mountain.

 

I'm having a hard time deciding on which ski I liked more...and how that is going to translate to skiing back east.  I know that I definitely want to foray into a longer length, somewhere in the 180-186 range (I bought the Fischers as I was improving myself into an expert level skier over the past few years, and feel 100% comfortable going down pretty much anything with them).

 

Does anyone have thoughts/stories about using the MX88's or FX94's here on the east?  Would the 94 be to wide for the Killington's and Camelbacks of the world, or am I simply overthinking this, especially since I already OSQ the Fischer 88's?

post #2 of 7

could probably go Latigo and some Phatty for a 3 ski quiver (including the Fisher) for the price of a Kastle.  Guess it's about what your goal is?

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You should give the Volk Ledge some thought.  It's a symmetrical twin tip with an 85mm waist.  The sidewall construction is tough to accommodate the park abuse.  Although the original design is for the park it does very well on the groomers at high speed owing to it's camber.  I've used it on moguls in a very limited run but get the sense that it will do fine.  It's flexibility served me well in the trees. There is an upgrade to this ski..the wall which is a competition park ski.  I Don't believe it's as versatile as the ledge though.  They also make a mogul ski (Volk Wall Mogul) with a 65mm waist but probably not a good all mountain ski.  You can pick up the Ledge for about $250 new.  It's pretty cheap, maybe she'll let you have a back up pair.

 

 

Ski On!

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I own both skis but ski out west. However, I would think the MX88 would be a better ski for east coast conditions.  Superb edge hold.  If you go to Dawgcathing.coms reviews, you will see how outstanding the MX88 is and is possibly the best ski ever.  Definitely a one ski quiver for your style of skiing.  

 

"Back for 2015, Vying for "best ski on the planet" status is the MX88. What makes this ski so good?  It's range, more than anything.  A ski that can hold it's own in a GS set, and then handle smoothness and speed in the junkiest off-piste terrain, all while remaining easy enough for an intermediate to ski with kids on, is a rare ski indeed!"

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I have a 2 ski quiver: MX83 183cm and Blizzard Bonifide (98mm wide) 180cm. If I were to go with a one ski quiver it would be either a MX88 or a Blizzard Brahma (88mm wide).

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Ive got two days on my new FX 94 and am enjoying them immensely so far.  I am 5'`10'' and 185 and inter/adv intermediate without any race background.  The conditions in the east have been amazing.  I have not really skied them on firm ice/hardpack yet.  On a semi-firm groomer they rip.  I now have my Prophet 90s for sale on craigslist.  I have skied them in 6'' fresh, bumps, and some trees.  Again, very enjoyable.  An example that i can give you in relation to say a MX 83 in a 173 vs the FX 94.  The MX 83 is a precision, knifing, machine.  The FX 94 is less intense and more forgiving for me.  Just my 2 cents.  GL with your decision.

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

I have a 2 ski quiver: MX83 183cm and Blizzard Bonifide (98mm wide) 180cm. If I were to go with a one ski quiver it would be either a MX88 or a Blizzard Brahma (88mm wide).

I actually wanted to demo the Brahma too, but couldn't find one in my length - I've heard lots of good stuff about them too.

I guess my biggest fear of choosing the MX88 is stemming from doing the Highland bowl in my Fischers... Definitely could have used more width going down and the fx94 would have been a bit better, but this is truly a one off situation.
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