Overall Ranking: #6
Overall Score: 3.78 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
151, 158, 165, 172, 179
Waist Width (mm)
Advanced to Expert
Multiwood Core, Titanal
Stability at Speed
4.28 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
3.89 / 5
3.78 / 5
3.67 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
4 / 5
2.89 / 5
The Austrians call the unisex Kästle MX line of skis “all-mountain” chargers, but over here on this side of the pond, we call a spade a spade: With 75mm underfoot and a penchant for digging trenches, the Kästle MX75 fits squarely in the groomer ski category.
Some testers called this ski featuring a multi-wood core reinforced with Titanal one of the burlier, damper skis in the category and applauded it for being particularly smooth and stable, even at high speeds.
Other testers noted that while it’s smooth, it’s a little lifeless, and gave it lower marks in the Playfulness department. “These skis don’t do a lot on their accord but that makes them easy to stand on and enjoy smooth turns,” comments tester Abby Ghent. “I would have liked more play, but these would be great for the skier who likes a steady feel underfoot and those who shy away from skis that have their own personality.”
Don’t be fooled by this ski’s advertised turning radius—larger radius turns are this ski’s jam, and only the strong and willful will enjoy coaxing short turns out of this ski. While the Kästle MX75 is quick to engage in a turn and get on edge, it’s not as quick to release from the turn. Because of this, testers gave it the lowest scores in Quickness and in Forgiveness in the carving category. “The ski gets on edge pretty quickly, but needs a strong skier to get power out of it,” says tester Katie Ryan.
This doesn’t make the Kästle MX75 a bad ski. In fact, many advanced intermediates may appreciate that this ski isn’t likely to throw any curveballs at them.
“This ski gave me confidence,” says tester Wendy Crosby. “When you ski it moderately you can drive this ski and easily change your arc. It’s an easy ride that would be good for the athletic intermediate learning to carve.”
- Strengths: Stability at Speed (3rd in category), Hard-Snow Integrity (6th)
- Weaknesses: Quickness (6th in category), Forgiveness (6th in category)