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Kastle MX89 (2017)

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Kästle MX89

Rating: 3.12 / 5
Price: $1299.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 89
Tip/Tail/Waist: 129-89-113
Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180, 188

Stability at speed: 4.13 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.99 / 5
Crud performance: 3.58 / 5
Flotation: 2.69 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.16 / 5
Overall: 3.12 / 5

The MX is built for power, speed, and edge hold, with a damp, quiet smoothness that instills confidence on the hard stuff and begs for gas. Just be sure you’re ready to keep up. The big guys liked it most; light-touch testers liked what it could do if they drove it hard. Everyone admired the way it nuked through piles of afternoon crud. Larsen: “Lacks playful- ness, but makes up for that in strength and dampness. Should come with a seat belt.”

Notes: With its 89-mm waist width, the MX89 is the widest model in Kastle's MX series of high-performance all-mountain skis. The extra width gives it soft-snow versatility, good for everyday use on all but the hardest snow. 

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.With its 89-mm waist width, the MX89 is the widest model in Kastle's MX series of high-performance all-mountain skis. The extra width gives it soft-snow versatility, good for everyday use on all but the hardest snow.

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.

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