Originally Posted by TFull
My two skis are an old salamon xscream 2004 which i need to replace and a 2009 fischer misfit. I am looking to replace the xscream for when I ski the hardpack and the bumps. I want something that is going to hold edge at high speeds, but also flex enough to perform in the bumps.
I am trying to decide between a Fischer Watea 78 either the 174 or the 167 or a kastle mx 78.
I have found a new Watea with bindings for 550 or a pair of demo kastles for 550. The kastle have about 30 days on them so that concerns me.
What are your thoughts? If I go with the fishcer what length should i go with? I have not skied either of these skis btw. Thank you for the input
The Watea 78 is a moderately high performance ski that is great for advanced intermediates and less aggressive advanced skiers, but doesn't have the stability or power underfoot of, say the higher level Wateas. We use it as our "Performance Rental" and it does well in that capacity, but it is not really an expert-level ski. The MX78 is an awesome ski, at the top of it's game in pretty much every respect (you can read my review here: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/89891/kastle-mx78-and-blizzard-magnum-8-1-max )
I have skied other skis that are close in performance to the MX78, but nothing in that width range exceeds it, at least that I have tried. There isn't a ski that has the combination of sweet spot, race-like edge hold, smoothness and forgiveness in crud, and stability, that I have tried. It might be the most versatile ski ever made....With that said, there are lots of good skis out there. Other skis that are in that performance window that I really like are the Blizzard Magnum 8.1, Fischer Motive 84, Elan 82Xti, Stockli XXL, and a few others.
A recent customer, who spent a week in CO skiing off-piste crud and bumps (and who was somewhat sceptical of the hype surrounding the Kastle lineup) sent me a message after the trip, calling the ski "magical" and the best he had ever been on.