My first post. Almost as exciting as the first run of a new year. I am in dire need of a new pair of skis, still My crossmax10 pilots are begging for mercy. The Kastle MX78's have really drawn my interest but unfortunately there are no local dealers or upcoming demo opportunities that I have been able to find as of yet here in the Seattle area.
I'm looking for a comparison between the Kastles and the AC50s by people who have skied both. I demoed the AC50s for three days last December in Whistler and loved them under the very set up off-piste and icy on-piste conditions. I have never had a ski so solid under foot. Incredible edge hold. My hunch is that over all they're a stiffer ski than what I want to be riding all day in different conditions.
I know what I want in a ski's performance and have read many, many reviews on many skis and like has been pointed out here on other posts the reviews are very subjective as we are all very different. That's why I'm looking for the comparison. I know, I should demo, demo, demo but reading is so much cheaper.
I know the questions will come so here's my story. 51y.o./M, 5' 11" 175lbs. I can't rate myself but I ski the whole hill aggressively and very well on my good days but don't push it hard all day long any more. No cliffs but five to eight foot cornice drop-ins make me giggle. My Crossmax's are 185's. The AC50's I demoed were 177. I used to be a three quiver guy but my kids took a bite out of that. Before the Salomon's my skis of choice were Atomic 735RS at 207, RD Heli-Dogs at 203 (any body remember those?) and an Atomic SL that escapes me because I never really skied them that often.
Enough of my blah, blah, blah. Thanks for reading.