Kastle MX70 (2010)

Category: Women's Speed; Category ranking: No. 2 (tie); Average score: 3.78; Balance of skills: 3.71; Best for: The category: It is speed-specific. Not for: Anyone on a budget ($1,350 with binding)
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Rating: / 5
Price: $1080.00
Year: 2010
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 118/70/100

Stability at speed: 3.96 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.81 / 5
Crud performance: 3.89 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.86 / 5

The Austrian brand is back. Once a big player on the race scene, Kastle (KESS-ley) has emerged from the ashes of mismanagement with a new unisex line. No fuss, no gimmicks, it’s a skier’s ski: traditional wood core, sandwich-sidewall construction with Titanal and rubber dampeners. Testers were floored. Great grip, good turn variety, predictable, stable and smooth. Not lauded for versatility, but the MX70 sure is good at what it was built for. “It does one thing, and does it right,” Thys said.


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Kastle MX98 (2010)

Category: Men's Powder Wide; Category ranking: No. 9; Average score: 3.19; Balance of skills: 3.28; Best for: Long-turn, high-speed power surfing; Not for: The underweight or underaggressive

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Volkl Fuego (2010)

Category: Women's Speed; Category ranking: No. 2 (tie); Average score: 3.78; Balance of skills: 4.03; Best for: Versatility; the Fuego likes almost all terrain; Not for: Huge bumps—it’s too damp to be quick

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Kastle MX78 (2010)

Category: Men's Cruiser; Category ranking: No. 5 (tie); Average score: 3.12; Balance of skills: 3.03; Best for: Combination of fluidity and quickness; Not for: Crud, where it gets nervous

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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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Nordica Victory (2010)

Category: Women's Speed; Category ranking: No. 1; Average score: 3.95; Balance of skills: 4.08; Best for: Speedsters who like to venture off-piste; Not for: Skidding: It can’t be dialed back.