Originally Posted by davluri
I have a hard time understranding the sacred cow that Kaestle has become. Stockli has to be everything Kaestle is, but not really attracting the fond adulation that kaestle is. Is it Chris Davenport? Kneissel take note and get into the parade, (Mike). Illuminate me.
I have been one that has never hesitated to spend whatever it takes to ski on what I feel are the best skiing skis. "The best skiing ski" is a category that is arbitrary and obviously fluctuates based on many variables.
Throughout the years, I have owned many of the "highest priced," "highest rated" skis on the market. I am a good skier, probably not as good as many on this site, but can ski most anything, most anytime.
The only Kastle I have skied is the MX88. It is a very good ski but I didn't enjoy it as much as my Stockli Stormrider XXLs or VXLs; not as much as my Nordica Pro Burners or my Fischer Watea 84s( obviously not the identical dimensions, but all considered all-mtn skis.)
I also don't believe that the Kastle MX 88 is worth $200-$500 more than these other skis.
All that being said, I also own the Dynastar Contact 4X4 which I like very much but do not think of it as an all-mtn ski; more a hard snow ski that can also handle the occasional foray into crud/junk/powder with reasonable effort. From that standpoint, I believe the MX 88 would be the better all-mtn ski ski of those two.
Originally Posted by FujativeOCR
The strange thing with Hart, is who is coming up with their ski designs that aren't mogul skis? The Italians I'd say are trustworthy, they've been doing it awhile. But who's doing the Chinese and American built ones?
I believe a product may be built in one country, while having a very good designer(s) in another. They must,however, spend some time interfacing with their manufacturing process and plant. In addition, many of the "offshore" plants are much more state of the art than ones that have been in production for very long.
i.e. Some years ago, the Koreans blew the US steel industry away with new plants with electronic blast furnaces.