Kastle MX88 (2010)

Category: Men's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 5; Average score: 3.20; Balance of skills: 3.08; Best for: Finesseful technique (“touch” skiers); Not for: GSing through junky snow
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Category: Men's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 5; Average score: 3.20; Balance of skills: 3.08; Best for: Finesseful technique (“touch” skiers); Not for: GSing through junky snow
kastle mx88 thumb 2010

Rating: / 5
Price: $1180.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128/88/113
Lengths: 158, 168, 178, 188

Stability at speed: 3.46 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.08 / 5
Crud performance: 2.74 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.09 / 5

Kastle stresses quality at every turn, and its prices certainly reflect that. But it’s no boutique brand for poseurs, either. The MX88 is meant to be skied hard, and testers found it to be especially quick and playful—with an underpinning of surprising power. The tip cutaway reduces swing weight, while vertical sidewalls and signature rubber dampening layers give it edginess and smoothness, respectively. “A smooth, fun ride that’s up for anything,” said Rogan.