Kastle MX 89 2017 Review

Kastle MX 89 2017
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Kastle MX 89 2017 kastle_mx_89_teaser.jpg
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Edge Hold
8
Float
7
Versatility
7
Stability
9
Carving
8
Value
7

The Good

  • Powerful ski
  • Stable
  • The harder you push it the more it gives back
  • Loves high speed
  • Predictable feel

The Bad

  • Needs to be driven
  • Some testers thought it was too damp
  • Does not perform at mid to slower speeds
  • Smaller sweet spot
  • Not as forgiving
THE VERDICT

Testers loved the MX89's powerful feel, unshakeable edge-hold, and its super damp, confidence building snow contact. Best at mid to high-speeds, and medium to long arcs, this ski can overpower less aggressive skiers, and feel a little planky for anyone who wants a lot of energy underfoot.

FULL REVIEW

Kastle’s MX89 feels like an old school GS ski, with the stiffness and edge-hold to lock onto powerful mid-radius turns with ease. With an extra millimeter underfoot from the longstanding MX88, it also has that little extra bit of all-mountain capability, and can easily transfer into off-piste in-bounds terrain. The dampness of this ski provides a wonderfully predictable feel in all kinds of terrain, although it particularly excels once you reach higher speeds.

This is not a ski for intermediates and anyone in search of a more lively feel underfoot. It’s also not versatile enough for anyone looking for that one ski quiver on a budget. As on tester summed it up, “It’s for all mountain rippers who want a second ski for firm days, or for an East Coaster who wants a little extra waist width.”

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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$1,299.00
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