The Kastle MX83 is back and unchanged for 2016. It is still a damp, stable, frontside carver with surprising versatility. It’s a great ski for those who like to rip the frontside groomers at high speed. At the same time it offers just enough versatility to explore off piste. It also handles the crud better than most frontside skis.
2016 Kastle Mx83 On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Groomers, Hard Pack, Crud, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Kastle K12 Ti
On the Snow Feel: The Kastle MX83 offers a locked in and stable ride on the mountain. It has a full traditional camber underfoot for added stability and power. I was also surprised with the ability to turn the ski sideways and scrub speed when necessary. I wouldn’t say the ski is forgiving, but I found it easier to pivot than expected (probably do to the low weight of the Hollowtech tips).
Powder: The Kastle MX83 had surprising float for a skinny frontside ski. That’s not to say this ski will be a fun pow slayer, but it was better than other skis in this category. It gives you just enough versatility to ride when the snow starts to pile up on the groomers.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Kastle designed the MX with a fast grip shovel that extends the sidecut past the point of contact. This allows for quick edge grip and turn initiation. When combined with the low swing weight (compliments of the Hollowtech tip), the MX83 is quite responsive. Even at low edge angles it was easy to turn. This is a ski that likes to be driven though. The more you drive the ski, the more stable, powerful, and lively it feels. The MX83 likes medium to long radius turns, and the lively wood core and full camber keep things nice and snappy. It’s not the quickest ski in the category, but edge to edge transitions are smooth and powerful. It’s definitely a ski with race DNA. Aggressive skiers will appreciate the precision, power, and stability when carving up the frontside groomers.
Speed: The Kastle MX83 is definitely comfortable at high speeds. Full camber underfoot helps to keep you locked in, while two sheets of titanal help to keep things damp. At the same time, the MX83 has rubber dampening strips, and a stiff construction that smooth out vibrations when speeding down the mountain.
Uneven Terrain: The Kastle MX83 has great crud busting capabilities (for the category anyway). It’s a damp and powerful ski that uses its beefy construction to blast through the crud rather than absorb the terrain or float over the top. The lightweight Hollowtech tip helps to reduce tip chatter and vibration. We never had any trouble with the tip bouncing when skiing in variable terrain.
Moguls: The Kastle MX83 isn’t a dead plank, but it’s also not the easiest ski in the moguls. It just doesn’t have the quickness I prefer in a mogul ski.
Edge Hold: Traditional camber underfoot provides a stable ride with great edge hold. A flat tail also helps to keep you locked in to every turn. Metal laminates help to keep the ski torsionally stiff. We found the mx 83 to grip everything short of solid ice. Surprisingly however, you can very your turn shape relatively easy. I found I could turn the ski and scrub speed anytime I needed to.
Flex: The MX83 has a stiff flex
Switch: The Kastle MX83 is a directional ski
The Kastle MX83 is a great frontside ski that has the versatility to attack in less than ideal conditions. Its stiff beefy construction allows you to bust through crud with ease. At the same time its full camber and metal laminates help to make for a damp, stable ride at high speeds. It’s a ski that likes to be driven hard, and aggressive skiers will like its smooth but powerful rebound. It’s a lively ski on the groomers, and stable at high speeds and variable terrain. It’s great for those who want to rail groomers in the morning, and not have to back off when conditions start to get chopped up. The Kastle MX83 is the most versatile of the MX series. Those looking for more of a carving specialist should look at the MX70. Those who want better off piste versatility should look into the MX98.