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Western Daily Driver: 2015 Kastle BMX98 or ??

post #1 of 11
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I am looking to replace my twin tip 186 cm 96 waisted Fischer Misfits/Atuas which has been a good ski for me, but are reaching the end of their useful life.  I bought some 187 cm Head Rock n' Rolls thinking they would replace the Fischers, but, although a well reviewed ski, I think I might be happier on something else.  

 

About me: 6' 2" 190 lbs.  Strong advanced skier.  

 

I have and like my 191 cm Scott P4s (108 waist, twin tip) but would like something that is more nimble as a daily driver (although I did enjoy these in a variety of conditions late last year).  The P4s are a relatively heavy ski and I feel that I have to be somewhat on my game to ski them well.

 

My quiver goes down to 172 cm Dynastar Contact Ltd/11/10 (72 cm) which may be replaced by the Blizzard Magnum 8.0 ti that I recently picked up cheap.  I also have some 184 cm Fischer Watea 84s that I like some days, but find a touch long in the moguls when I am not on my game.

 

For my daily driver, I was hopping to have something that is nimble in the bumps and was thinking about 180 with a flat or slightly turned up tail or around 185 if it had a twin and skied short like the Misfits/Atuas do.

 

I have never skied a Kastle, but have been intrigued by their reviews.  The FX94 sounds interesting, but I don't think I want to go as long as 186 in this ski or as short as 176.  I see some 178 cm BMX 98s on sale for $475 and wonder if this might be good for me.  Thoughts appreciated.  Thx 

post #2 of 11

Fischer Motive 95s are $372 w/coupon on STP at the moment. Join the crowd! :-) 

 

(Actually, mine have demo bindings on them if you want to try some time. They are 180s.)

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Fischer Motive 95s are $372 w/coupon on STP at the moment. Join the crowd! :-) 

 

(Actually, mine have demo bindings on them if you want to try some time. They are 180s.)

 

 

You want to try this ski.....  Thumbs Up    And, I  would suggest that you buy this now from STP as you have 6 months to return it. 

post #4 of 11
From last years Kastles, the 184 MX98 or the FX104 are the ones you want.
I can't try this years,I don't need anymore skis.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input.  

 

Does the Motive 95 have more of a soft snow or hard snow bias?

 

To be clear, I am not looking for something super stiff and I don't want it to overlap too much with my P4s which I will continue to use on most 6+" fresh days.

 

My first priority is something that is good in the bumps and trees.  I want something that is easy to maneuver in tighter spaces and don't mind sacrificing a bit of float or length to get this.  The P4s are pretty stable and fun to use when it is pretty open, so that will be the ski I grab when I am looking for that.

 

I will have narrower skis for days I expect to be entirely on piste although it would be nice if my new ski was good (but doesn't have to be great) on groomers and allows me to make some dynamic medium radius turns.  

 

Do you think the FX 104 will ski more like my 96 mm Fischer Atua/Misfit in a 186 that I am trying to replace, or more like my 108 mm Scott P4s in a 191 that still have lots of life left?

 

How stiff are the 184 MX 98s?  I am not as hard a charger as you SH. 

 

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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Fischer Motive 95s are $372 w/coupon on STP at the moment. Join the crowd! :-) 

 

(Actually, mine have demo bindings on them if you want to try some time. They are 180s.)

I suppose I could buy now and try yours before I mount them...not often that I get to swap skis with friends do to my boot size.

 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

 

 

You want to try this ski.....  Thumbs Up    And, I  would suggest that you buy this now from STP as you have 6 months to return it. 

 
post #6 of 11

the Fishcer is one of the few that really are all mountain.  Not really sure by your response if maybe you want something in the 80's but the Fischer will fit a really wide band width of performance. I am skiing the FX84 FWIW for my "all mountain ski" but I would call that more of a "all mountain as long as its not more than 3-4" deep" ski.   

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the Fishcer is one of the few that really are all mountain.  Not really sure by your response if maybe you want something in the 80's but the Fischer will fit a really wide band width of performance. I am skiing the FX84 FWIW for my "all mountain ski" but I would call that more of a "all mountain as long as its not more than 3-4" deep" ski.   

I don't think I want something in the 80s underfoot as the ski I am looking to replace is 96 and I still have Watea 84s in a 184 and just bought some Blizzard Magnum 8.0 ti in a 172 (to replace my Contacts in that same length).

 

Re: the 84s, I have been pretty happy with their groomer performance for medium radius GS turns and towards the end of last season as I put more days on them and was skiing better, they felt decent in the bumps, but I still preferred my 96 mm Atuas/Misfits in the bumps- at 186 they skied shorter than the 184s because of the twin tip and softer tail and I think this made them easier for me in the bumps.  In all soft snow conditions and the trees, I preferred the wider Autas/Misfits over the narrower Wateas, so this is why I was thinking something in the mid 90s.   

post #8 of 11

Have you read dawgcatching's review? It is pretty thorough and discusses a lot of your questions (as does the rest of that thread). 

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Have you read dawgcatching's review? It is pretty thorough and discusses a lot of your questions (as does the rest of that thread). 

I read it once before starting this thread and just looked through it again.  Based on that review (especially his 2nd post), it seems as if the FX 94 would suit me best, but I think the 174 Scott said he skied will be too short for me but think the 186 will ski longer than what I want this ski for.  So what ski is closest to the mythical 180 cm FX 94?  

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post

I read it once before starting this thread and just looked through it again.  Based on that review (especially his 2nd post), it seems as if the FX 94 would suit me best, but I think the 174 Scott said he skied will be too short for me but think the 186 will ski longer than what I want this ski for.  So what ski is closest to the mythical 180 cm FX 94?  


Ummm the Fischer motive 95 in a 180. smile.gif. If y want o go new kastle fx95hp.
post #11 of 11
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Ummm the Fischer motive 95 in a 180. smile.gif. If y want o go new kastle fx95hp.

Yeah the new Kastles come in 181 length.

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