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Kastle MX88 or BMX98 for Spring conditions…which would you choose and why?

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I'm an advanced East Coaster heading to Park City for the week of March 19-26…looking forward to a week of fun Spring conditions, which I enjoy.  I usually ski first chair to last when I get the chance to travel.  As usual I'm fussing over what skis to bring along.

 

On past Spring trips I've enjoyed skiing on the Head Rock & Roll and Kastle FX94.  I'm 5'11, 200+…both of these have been fun on soft bumps and pretty good on groomed runs, which I tend to ski aggresively.  I like to ski bowls when conditions are good.  I'm not much of a tree skier.

 

I'm trying to decide this year between a 178cm MX88 and a 178cm BMX98.  I know the MX88 well and love it for hard snow, but have not used it in Spring conditions.  I own the BMX98 but have not skied it yet at all, and don't know how it skis (bought it based on Kastle reputation/great end of season deal).  I'm worried that the MX88 might not be the best choice for slushy afternoons, and BMX98 might be a bad choice for frozen morning conditions.

 

I don't have a slope-side condo, so I'm usually just able to bring 1 pair.  Any thoughts on either of these for skis for Spring conditions? 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 5

Just had a week skiing very mixed conditions in JH (so of course it snowed a foot right after I got home:hissyfit:).  It was my first time in real slush in quite a while.  

 

I'm about your height and weight, I brought my MX88s with me and they were fine.  On the really icy days/mornings I liked them, but the slushier it got the more I wished I had something wider.  My favorite slush skis turned out to be a pair of Nordica Enforcers I demoed on a whim (they were FUN in slush).

 

After that experience, I'd go BMX98 if I were you assuming it will stay above freezing and keeping in mind I've never been on a pair of BMX98s.

post #3 of 5
Like the old Pontiac ad says, Wider is better.
If precision and power in refrozen chunder are more important than fun surfy leverage the 88s fill the position.
Otherwise the BMX 98 will do fine until things loosen up, plus if it snows you'll be glad.
post #4 of 5
I've owned both these. Either will work at PC but with different styles. The 88 will cut through, the BMX98 will rise over. The 88 will be damper n better at big fast turns, the 98 will be significantly better in bumps. If it's icy in the morning the 88 has a distinct advantage. If it's sloppy in the pm, ditto for the 98. Don't you hate having to make choices with trade off's?
post #5 of 5

Fun choice, since you're sure to get a variety of personal opinions depending on people's skiing style, height and weight, and other factors.

 

I'm about your height but 25lbs lighter. I'd strongly prefer the MX88 as the better all-around ski. The BMX98 is preferable only if conditions are deep and slushy. In frozen morning conditions, the MX88 will be more precise and controllable, and in the slush it will be fine -- just that, as Beyond said, it will tend to slice through it rather than plane over it.

 

Another factor is whether a skier tends to carve turns or slide/slarve them. The MX88 is the better carver.

 

Basically I'd say that since you're used to the MX88, stick with that. The MX88 isn't built for soft snow but it's still pretty good in it.

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