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Kastle MX88 158 for my 12 year old daughter?

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I did a bit of searching before posting this question but I apologize if this has been discussed before. I found a pair of brand new 2014/2015 MX88 in a 158 length for a very good price. I bought them with the idea that they might make a great ski for my 12 year old daughter. If they end up being a poor choice, I could easily sell them for what I paid (or more).

My daughter is very tall and heavy for her age (strong, muscle, no fat--she is an athlete running track season right now). She is 5' 5" and 125 pounds.

I imagined the Kastle being a good ski for her when she is off her race skis, free skiing. We live and ski in New England and she races--U14 next year. Something for when we leave the groomers (we like to ski all over--woods, bumps, hiking etc).

She currently skis volkl 150 SL and 166 GS when racing/practicing.

Anyway, just curious to hear what folks think about this. We will be sitting on them until next season anyway so we are not in a rush. 😀

I like the idea that her "free ski" is cambered similar to her race stuff. Maybe this is off base.
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Seems like you already answered all your questions concisely and rationally - quite the feat to be a thread killer of your own thread with the very first post! ;)

 

Sounds like a perfect fit - go for it!

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Like the MX88 in a 188, I find the 158 is also a disproportionate ski. It is stiff, burly and a LOT of ski. IMHO, it is a ski that should not have been built. With that said, it sounds like she has the size and skills to ski it but I would see if you could find a MX78 or even MX83 as a better option if you MUST have a Kastle for her. 

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If she is a very strong racer, yes. My wife is similar size and they skied her. She likes her 155 head i.sl non FIS skis and 166 black pearls as comparison. I tried them one day and had a blast on them. I was 165lbs.
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She'd be fine. Not all that burly. My wife is straight advanced, definitely not a racer, a size up (mid 130's, 5'8") loves her 168 MX88's. My 12 year old son, also a U14, but way smaller than your daughter (ah, sex differences in puberty) does his rec skiing on 150-somethings, and will be running 175 FIS GS's this next season with his coach's blessings. 

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Originally Posted by Paul Lutes View Post

Seems like you already answered all your questions concisely and rationally - quite the feat to be a thread killer of your own thread with the very first post! wink.gif

Sounds like a perfect fit - go for it!

Haha--thanks. 😀
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Like the MX88 in a 188, I find the 158 is also a disproportionate ski. It is stiff, burly and a LOT of ski. IMHO, it is a ski that should not have been built. With that said, it sounds like she has the size and skills to ski it but I would see if you could find a MX78 or even MX83 as a better option if you MUST have a Kastle for her. 

Ah--ok. We can pay attention to this. Worst case scenario is she skis them next year a few times and we sell them used early in the year if she doesn't like them for these reasons.
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Originally Posted by Utagonian View Post

If she is a very strong racer, yes. My wife is similar size and they skied her. She likes her 155 head i.sl non FIS skis and 166 black pearls as comparison. I tried them one day and had a blast on them. I was 165lbs.

I would describe her a solid mid level (non-podium) racer. Pretty competitive though here in NH at her age level (as is most places I would guess).

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She'd be fine. Not all that burly. My wife is straight advanced, definitely not a racer, a size up (mid 130's, 5'8") loves her 168 MX88's. My 12 year old son, also a U14, but way smaller than your daughter (ah, sex differences in puberty) does his rec skiing on 150-somethings, and will be running 175 FIS GS's this next season with his coach's blessings. 

Nice--thanks for the info. 👍 And yes, the different puberty developments based on sex is so obvious (poor boys) on our team at this level. My daughter's best bud on the team is a very good racer--he is almost a foot shorter than her and maybe 45 pounds (or more!) lighter. Good for you son to run that length!

We are away on vacation (someplace warm, not skiing 😔) but ups shows the mx88s being delivered today. They will be waiting for us when we get home tomorrow.
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I also have a 12 year old daughter who races, though she's a little smaller.  My shop recommended a junior ski or fairly mellow adult ski, even though she races.  Junior race skis are probably softer than those Kastle 158s.  It could be a lot of ski for her.  If she's really strong, then go for it.

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Originally Posted by hirustler View Post

I also have a 12 year old daughter who races, though she's a little smaller.  My shop recommended a junior ski or fairly mellow adult ski, even though she races.  Junior race skis are probably softer than those Kastle 158s.  It could be a lot of ski for her.  If she's really strong, then go for it.

Ah good point. My daughter is still on junior race gear. So it must come down to size--whether she is big enough to ski these well. It can't really come down to ability as, like most kid racers, she is better than most adults (who use advanced adult skis). I just got home from vacation and the sky's were sitting in my garage. 👍. I'll try them out with her and report back--interesting experiment. Thanks everyone for the help.
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