Need urgent advice. Have been deliberating over the mass of information on this site with helpful inputs from Phil and Jim to specific posts re 1SQ for "east" (I'm in NZ)
Me: 24, 5'11'', 190lbs, level 8, athletic. Certainly not expert. Like mixed condition skiing and will head off piste (frontside and sidecountry only) when conditions allow. Like bumps, trees (when travelling to North America), crud, powder and obviously, still need some good hard pack performance for icy conditions at times and modest snow falls down under. I don't prioritize pure ice pick, hard pack performance over versatility, but am realistic with the inevitable time spent on groomers when you can't choose your ski days.
Have been thinking about blizzi 8.1/8.7, blackeye Ti/crimson, avenger Ti, sollie enduro, sultan 85, Nitrous, Jet Fuels.
But have just seen an offer for some 2nd hand kastle FX84 in 176 length for what looks like a good price- $700 NZD (=about $500 USD, note that we pay way more down here e.g. avengers are about $1400 USD).
My question: Are they THAT good that I should pull the trigger without demoing any of the above? Are they good enough at this price to buy with scuffed and scratched top sheets? and minor base damage?