Kastle MX74 Review

September 22, 2016
Kastle MX74
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
85
Edge Hold
9
Responsiveness
7
Turn Shape Variability
7
Stability
8
Carving Pleasure
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Great edge hold
  • Can carry some speed
  • Very solid stability
  • Confidence-enhancing ski for many testers
  • Easy ski to figure out

The Bad

  • Needs speed to perform
  • Prefers to be driven
  • Better at mid to long radius turns
  • Advanced to expert level ski
  • More of a damp than lively ski
THE VERDICT

People who love Kastle--and there is a dedicated cult--love the reliable, smooth carving style the brand continues to deliver in almost every category. This well-built frontside charger is just such a ski. Not for intermediates or backseat turners, this is an advanced to expert level ski for skiers who love to make a well-arced turn.

FULL REVIEW

The Kastle MX74 earned high marks for stability and edge hold, with a no nonsense turn style that was easy to master for many testers. This is a ski that you can get comfortable on right away, making quick tight turns with an edge to edge style that really is what frontside skiing is all about.

Turn shape variability is not the ski’s strong suit, as most testers felt it was best in those tight turns, especially at high speeds, and not as strong when they wanted to lengthen their arc. This is also one of the higher priced skis in this category, but worth the cost for technically strong skiers who want to spend all day making clean carves on buffed slopes.

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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$1,299.00
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