Originally Posted by Paul Lutes
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!
Originally Posted by Philpug
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.
Originally Posted by Utagonian
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).
Originally Posted by beyond
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.