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Ski Review 2019


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MX84 [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
We pre-reviewed some of the Kästle line in January 2018 and decided to include the most promising models in our PROSKILAB review (2 months later). The MX84 was among the skis selected and, like its big brother the MX 67 in the Carvers category, generated real enthusiasm among the professional reviewers. The ski perfectly matches the category requirements. PROSKILAB's guidelines effectively require a consistent ski that combines performance, comfort and versatility. It features an extremely successful blend of (reasonable) performance, comfort and accessibility. The ski stood out in particular for its comfort and quality of snow contact: The reviewers noted above all "An ultra-comfortable ski with extraordinary snow contact", and its "incredible smoothness." Performance is good, even if it's not quite at the level of the Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ti. Turn control is very good, and the ski is grippy, stable and very reassuring. However, it reaches its limits at high speed and in very aggressive turns. The MX84 from Kästle is a non-technical ski that's very consistent, designed for pleasure on the slopes, thanks to its exceptional comfort and ski/snow contact. A real leisure ski that we recommend for all intermediate to very good riders looking for cruising enjoyment rather than speed.

Liked: Accommodating, requires little technique or engagement Good quality turn control Accessible and forgiving Versatile Exceptional snow contact, rea...

Disliked: Lacks performance and energy at very high speed compared to Rossignol's Pursuit 800 TI ...

MX67 [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
We pre-tested all of the skis to select the best for the PROSKILAB™ review. In this way, we obtained a limited number of skis with the best possible qualities to meet the PROSKILAB™ guidelines. In January 2018, we tried a few skis from the Kästle line and decided to include some of the models in our 2019 review, including the MX67. It was an excellent decision as the reviewers absolutely loved the ski. A good performer and versatile, it's a truly energetic slalom ski without ever being brutal, encouraging riders to play with it. It gives enormous pleasure as well as being efficient and agile. Snow contact is remarkable and the MX67 is a dream on soft snow. It's not very demanding, although it's not quite so happy in skid turns. Easy, reassuring and adaptable, it will help a good rider move on to very dynamic turns. The reviewers' comments speak for themselves: "Pure bliss", "An awesome ski", "Ultra accessible and ultra playful, I'm going to buy it!" "Best ski" 2019, the MX67 is unquestionably a great success story for Kästle, perfectly matching the criteria for PROSKILAB's "Carvers" category. We recommend this ski for good to expert riders looking for the perfect blend between performance, agility and pleasure.

Liked: Great edge hold and grip Good all round performance Extremely energetic Enjoyable Excellent ski/snow contact, smooth on soft snow Versatile For...

Disliked: Performance less convincing than the Völkl Deacon 74 or the Dynastar Speed Master The ski reaches its limits at very high speed in very dynamic turn...

RX12 SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

When we tried the Kästle models in January 2018, we found them very promising, so we decided to include the brand in the 2019 reviews. The RX12 SL selected for the "Slalom" category was a great surprise. The reviewers found the ski easy to handle for this category, giving it plenty of praise, with "I loved it", "perfect flex for me", "an easy slalom ski"... The performance isn't quite as good as the Rossignol Hero Elite St Ti R22, but it's absolutely fine. The ski is lively, responsive and extremely enjoyable: "it's such fun riding with such an easy slalom ski!" Heavier reviewers found the ski's tail had a bit too much flex which cramped turn exit and rebound. To get the best stiffness and grip, the RX12 SL requires careful forward positioning. We recommend the RX12 SL for light to average good to very good riders for sport or leisure-style short drive turns.

Liked: Good fun Good overall performance Good short/long turn versatility Comfortable Easy-to-handle ski Little physical engagement needed ...

Disliked: As the ski is stiffer at the front, it requires careful forward positioning. The flexible tail reduces turn exit and rebound performance ...

RX12 GS [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

The RX12 GS from Kästle is a very good ski that stands out for its great behavior when carving turns. The ski loves to be on edge and is remarkably easy and enjoyable in this context. On the other hand, it does far less well in the Giant Slalom programme. The ski's radius is too short for the programme and suffers from a lack of stiffness which reduces its performance. Pushed to the limit, it runs out of steam on hard pack at high speed as turn quality deteriorates and grip becomes more uncertain. The RX12 GS is a good sporty ski, but not specialised (despite its "GS" badge) or nimble enough for this competition-inspired category. It's still a very good ski and would have done well in the "Carvers" category. We recommend it for good to excellent riders who want a sporty ski without going over the top, and who're looking for a tool that's versatile and extremely happy carving to help them work on their performance.

Liked: User-friendly Good performance, except at high speeds Easy carving, enjoys sharp angles Energetic edge change Comfortable ...

Disliked: A flexible ski for this category Somewhat limited in performance Radius too short (16 m) for a giant slalom ski ...

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