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Kastle RX 176 = pretty sweet ski

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
 So I finally got three days on my new RXs. I'm not sure that I'm the best ski reviewer, but I do know what I like, and I do like these skis. A lot. I think they feel like a combo of the VIST X-Free that I have raved about before and the Head WC iSpeed that I also loved last year. A better hard snow performer than the VIST (and that ski was awesome on hard snow), a more versatile shape than the Head and not clunky in bumps. It was apparently quite icy on the groomers at Stowe this weekend, but the RXs pretty much erased the ice. The K plate is really nice too. I was going to rip the plate off and put on a Marker Piston plate, but I don't think I'll bother. It's nice that you can move both the toe and the heel, so if you wanted to, you could move your mount position forward or back.
post #2 of 20
 Yup. I was surprised how versatile the RX was. When I got on it, I expected to go for a ride but like the other Kastles that I have skied, it met you at your needs but the more you pushed it, the more explosive it was. I skied the FX84 yesterday and for my day with Dan Egan it was the right choice of a ski. I can't wait to get a pair of RX's at the shop in the demo fleet. 
post #3 of 20
Nice review. I am glad you like them.  The MX78 is the closest to the RX I have skied, and it was a thrilling ride.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
 Quick update. Just wanted to add that the bases are fast. Skiing in a group at Killington means lots of traversing and they are noticeably faster than other people's skis.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 Quick update. Just wanted to add that the bases are fast. Skiing in a group at Killington means lots of traversing and they are noticeably faster than other people's skis.

If you can, hot-scrape them 4-5 passes for every couple of days on the hill.  They will just get faster and faster!
post #6 of 20
 I demo'd the FX84 at Stowe and really enjoyed it.  I came off my Hart Beats that I am in love with and the FX 84 made the transition easy  and thrilling.
This is an exceptionally nice ski!
post #7 of 20
Is this the RX 78? RX = plate on ski right?
What are the dimensions of this ski and is it different from last years?
They ski a bit short right?
Last year I was very impressed with the tail of the Kastle. It really was there if you wanted some pop out of the turn.
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
 RX is 70mm and only comes with plate. MX78 can be had with or without.
post #9 of 20
There is an MX70 that is the same shape as the RX, with a lighter (thinner metal) construction and no plate, it has a turquoise tip. There is also an MX78 KTi that has the plate.

Right now the Kastle line-up is:

RX KTi
MX70
FX74
MX78
MX78 KTi
FX84
MX88
MX98
MX108
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

There is an MX70 that is the same shape as the RX, with a lighter (thinner metal) construction and no plate, it has a turquoise tip. There is also an MX78 KTi that has the plate.

Right now the Kastle line-up is:

RX KTi
MX70
FX74
MX78
MX78 KTi
FX84
MX88
MX98
MX108




 


 I have a pair of these here in a 176...I can't wait to get on them next week. Finn has a pair on the way too. 
post #11 of 20
 The UPS Tracking on my new Kastles is driving me crazy! 
Merry Christmas to me!!
post #12 of 20
If it says Kästle and RX, it must be good.  I'm holding out for the National Team model  .
post #13 of 20
 I plan on taking the RX70's up to Okemo this week (my MX78 KTI Demos are with a customer), should be a fun ski for the hardpack conditions and lack of fresh show of late. 
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
 You'd be surprised how fun they are on fresh. They're very versatile. I've been skiing the natural snow (and bushes, rocks and dirt) on Hayride, Liftline and Nosedive and loving it.
post #15 of 20
 I had a chance to get on a fully race prepped pair of RX70 KTi 176's yesterday. This pair was set up with a .5/3* bevel, about 10 hours of hotboxing and about $200 wax in the bases. This was about the best prepped ski I have ever skied. While I have skied the whole Kastle line these are the ones that surprised me the most to not only the power but versatility. I had skied the RX70 in the 168 and it was a magnificent ride but the 176 truly a special ski...and I am far from a fan of 70 waisted skis. To paraphrase a great american....

Ferris: They are so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking them up. 
post #16 of 20
Philbug,  I have the mx78 in 176 and love them.  I've been considering the RX70 in a 176 or 184 to go up against my Fischer Progressor 9+ (175) as my GS ski for recreational racing.   I'm 6 foot and 210 pounds.  They are both 70 under foot with the shovel on the RX 1mm wider.  Tails the same.  Radius is 16.5 on the RX and 16 on the progressor in the 175 lengths.  No complaints on the progs. I'm a ho!
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
 I think if you are racing on them, the 184 could be really sweet. I'm pretty much your size and think the 176 is perfect for a carving oriented all-mountain ski, but I'd love to run some GS on the 184.
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
 Update and random notes. I did change the plate from K plate to Marker Piston because I wanted to be able to change the delta on my bindings. I like what the piston does for me, but it gives me an appreciation for what the K plate did. The ski feels stiffer with the new plate, the K plate did a great job of staying out of the way and just letting the ski be itself.

Another instructor (a big guy) comes over and picks up my skis. Flexes them and says "stiff" with his Swiss accent. I don't think the skis feel like they are really stiff. But they do flex stiff. I had a lesson today who was very interested in Kastle and happened to have the same BSL as me. So we swapped for a run. His Atomics did not flex as stiff as the Kastles, but they felt much stiffer under foot. His first comment was that the Kastles felt "so light". Switching between the two skis made me realize how much snow feel the RX gives you. Even though it is stiff, it seems to just follow the snow and tells you what is under your feet. The Atomics didn't give much feedback and felt "hollow" to me. Also noisy.
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 

Still love these skis. I think they are about 68mm wide now. No tunes left. Gonna need another pair.

post #20 of 20

I have had  a few pair come through the shop, and yes, it is a choice ski.  Those who dismiss skinny skis such as the RX12 w/o skiing them do so at their peril! Working on a Stockli Laser SX vs. Kastle RX12 review. 

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