Kastle MX98 (2010) - Ski Mag

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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Rating: / 5
Price: $1230.00
Year: 2010
Level: 3
Gender: Male
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Tip/Tail/Waist: 132/98/117
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Stability at speed: 3.68 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.35 / 5
Crud performance: 3.28 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.77 / 5

It’s hardly a ski bum’s first choice at that price, but the MX98 lacks nothing for hardcore cred. Testers’ only concern was that it would be too much for some. Kastle sells it flat but designed it with the Marker Duke in mind and offers it that way as well ($1,599). The Duke gives its already powerful construction extra oomph, and the rubber layers Kastle integrates into the layup add a measure of mellow smoothness. “A good skier’s ski that does everything well,” said Woods.

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