Kastle MX84 (2017) - Ski Mag

Kastle MX84 (2017)

Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0
Kästle MX84

Rating: 2.98 / 5
Price: $1299.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 84
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-84-112
Lengths: 152, 160, 168, 176, 184

Stability at speed: 3.43 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.57 / 5
Crud performance: 2.24 / 5
Flotation: 1.91 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.77 / 5
Overall: 2.98 / 5

The MX84, with its 84-mm waist, is a high-performance all-mountain ski designed day-to-day skiing in variable conditions, mostly on-trail-a likely one-ski-quiver for Eastern and Midwestern skiers.

Kastle's MX series features skis designed for high-performance frontside skiing, with models aimed at skiers who spend most of their time on groomed terrain, and waist widths ranging from 74 to 89 mm. (Kastle's LX series features lighter, more forgiving groomed-snow cruisers; the FX series features wider, freeride-oriented models for equal duty on- and off-trail.) All MX models have flat, square Fast Grip tails, designed for strong turn finishes and maximum rebound across the fall line. Full traditional camber ensures maximum rebound energy from turn to turn and positive edge-engagement from tip to tail, for locked-in carving and positive edge grip on hard snow. All MX models are laminate constructions built on full wood cores (ash and fir), with vertical sidewalls for sturdy edge grip and metal reinforcement above and below the core for durability, dampness at high speeds, and maximum torsional rigidity (twist resistance). The Hollowtech tip is a Kastle signature: All but a thin translucent layer is removed from an egg-shaped cutout in the tip. This reduces swing weight, and because there's less mass, tip vibration is reduced, so the ski is quieter on the snow and hooks up into a carved turn more readily. Kastle's Elliptical Radius sidecut is progressively tighter tip and tail, for quick turn initiations and strong finishes. MX models are sold four different ways: flat (no binding); with 16-DIN binding (Kastle-branded bindings are built by Tyrolia); with 12-DIN binding; or "Premium" (12-DIN binding on a performance-enhancing plate that adds dampness, stiffness, and elevated stand-height for extra leverage over the edge.)  

K_stle, based in Hohenems, Austria, was founded in 1924, when race coach Aton Kastle developed an all-ash ski. In the 1960s, it had great success with its CPM (compound-plastic-metal) constructions. The brand has an illustrious racing heritage, with World Cup stars such as Pirmin Zurbriggen and Kjetil Andre Aamodt.  In 1991 it was purchased by Benetton and folded into the Nordica division. In 2007 it was divested and returned to Hohenems. Its U.S. headquarters are in Vail, Colorado. - J.C.

The MX is a calm, supple, fully cambered almost- midfat that carves hard- pack the way you expect a Kästle to but uses its width and flowy flex to tame off-piste conditions as well. The egg-shaped cutout works well to reduce swing weight. Full camber feels throwback- refreshing, and the rebound isn’t harsh. It’s best for experts, but there’s an accessible side too. Elling: “Super-fun for firm-snow crankin’. Insanely quick but strong in long arcs too.”

Notes: The MX84, with its 84-mm waist, is a high-performance all-mountain ski designed day-to-day skiing in variable conditions, mostly on-trail-a likely one-ski-quiver for Eastern and Midwestern skiers.

Kastle's MX series features skis designed for high-performance frontside skiing, with models aimed at skiers who spend most of their time on groomed terrain, and waist widths ranging from 74 to 89 mm. (Kastle's LX series features lighter, more forgiving groomed-snow cruisers; the FX series features wider, freeride-oriented models for equal duty on- and off-trail.) All MX models have flat, square Fast Grip tails, designed for strong turn finishes and maximum rebound across the fall line. Full traditional camber ensures maximum rebound energy from turn to turn and positive edge-engagement from tip to tail, for locked-in carving and positive edge grip on hard snow. All MX models are laminate constructions built on full wood cores (ash and fir), with vertical sidewalls for sturdy edge grip and metal reinforcement above and below the core for durability, dampness at high speeds, and maximum torsional rigidity (twist resistance). The Hollowtech tip is a Kastle signature: All but a thin translucent layer is removed from an egg-shaped cutout in the tip. This reduces swing weight, and because there's less mass, tip vibration is reduced, so the ski is quieter on the snow and hooks up into a carved turn more readily. Kastle's Elliptical Radius sidecut is progressively tighter tip and tail, for quick turn initiations and strong finishes. MX models are sold four different ways: flat (no binding); with 16-DIN binding (Kastle-branded bindings are built by Tyrolia); with 12-DIN binding; or "Premium" (12-DIN binding on a performance-enhancing plate that adds dampness, stiffness, and elevated stand-height for extra leverage over the edge.)  

Kastle, based in Hohenems, Austria, was founded in 1924, when race coach Aton Kastle developed an all-ash ski. In the 1960s, it had great success with its CPM (compound-plastic-metal) constructions. The brand has an illustrious racing heritage, with World Cup stars such as Pirmin Zurbriggen and Kjetil Andre Aamodt.  In 1991 it was purchased by Benetton and folded into the Nordica division. In 2007 it was divested and returned to Hohenems. Its U.S. headquarters are in Vail, Colorado. - J.C.

Related