I'm thinking of replacing my AC40 in a 183 length with something shorter. The AC40 was fine when I weighed 50 pounds more, but now that I'm in the mid 190's, I'm finding it a bit too I-beam like. I've never been on a MX88, but bought last year's MX98 to replace my 184 Mantra that I destroyed the edge of hitting a rock in Lulu's. I've only skied once on the MX98, but absolutely loved it.
I rode the 8.7 at the Loveland demo days, and it was a standout of the skis I tried (Nordica Tempest, something else, the 7.8, and a slalom ski from Blizzard). So, given that it is virtually impossible to find a place to demo the Kastle, should I bite the bullet on a MX88 untried or buy the 8.7? Or do you think the MX98 is a bit too close to both these skis?
About me: 53, level 8/9, ski most anything, most folk would say I'm a charger, ski 40+ days in Colorado/MT/WY/UT. Weigh 193 currently and still dropping, fit, love the steeps and off-piste. Current skis in quiver: MX98 in 174, AC40 in 183, Mantra in 184 (rock skis now), Fisher RC4/WC GS in 180.