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Opinions/help Kastle FX84 vs Fischer Watea 84

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Thread Starter 

Hello all, 

I am down to a few contenders for a ski I can use on some days in the midwest but pack as a "do-all" one ski for trips west.

 

I am 40yo 5'11 160   level 6-7 skier 

 

Not a speed demon but not afraid of it, just not my forte. 

 

I have come to love the trees and short varried turns and seek out the sides of trails for variable conditions as I dart in and out of the trees.. But also like to have fun and cruise sometimes and enjoy the hill at moderate speeds. 

 

Wondering if anyone has some insight into skewing one way or another in terms of these two skis. Watea 84 vs FX84  

My gut tells me the FX is the way to go but a local dealer has a screaming deal on new 2013 Watea.

I have the chance to nab both at a great price but wonder what the general condense would be based on those that may have been on either, or both. 

 

Thanks so much for the insight!  I appreciate the help

 

Jesse

 

Others I have entertained have been 

 

Rossi E84 & 88

Dynastar Outland 87 (think these might be too cumbersome

post #2 of 7

Both nice skis. Your description suggests maybe if the difference in $$ is significant, then the Watea, which will be better at darting, bumps, has a lower top end. Which you don't seem to emphasize. Also a touch less demanding. You might think about what you like in feel; Kastles are smooth and fairly damp, Fischers are somewhat livelier, more pop and snowfeel. The E88 is another nice alternative if you place a higher weight on your western trips. 

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Fischer new 2013 flats  $200

Used 2015 Kastle w/ binding. 

 

Ive skied E83's the past two trips west and found them (and me) to be a bit "nervous" in chopped up crusty stuff, so I end up steering clear of it mostly  hence looking for a more crud friendly pair. If that makes sense. 

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Powder 7 has FX84s (demo w/binding) at $329-$399 — the bindings are Attack 13s, a great demo binding.

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Not even comparable skis. There is a reason waters cost so little. Kastle is great IF you can drive them. Itmay be a serious if if your skills are not up to it. Kastles have a reputation of BigBoys skis.
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Not even comparable skis. There is a reason waters cost so little. Kastle is great IF you can drive them. Itmay be a serious if if your skills are not up to it. Kastles have a reputation of BigBoys skis.


But they're not, really — FXs (the 84s, anyway) aren't unforgiving or difficult skis by any means.  MXs may seem more demanding, depending on your skills. LXs aren't tough at all. 

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Kastles have a reputation of BigBoys skis.

OMG. Save me from zombie narratives. :rolleyes

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