2022 Kastle MX83

Ski Stats

Sidecut 126/83/112
Radius 16.3m @ 175cm
Lengths 154,161,168,175,182
Weight 1885g @ 175cm
MSRP $1199
Power Score: 8.69

Finesse Score: 8.07

Kästle’s current MX83, reprised from last season, is both typical of a current trend and atypical in a way all its own. The trend it’s party to is how a series of modest modifications amount to a significant change, especially in Finesse qualities. It’s unique among such upgraded models in that the name it’s re-assuming happens to be the legendary MX83, inarguably one of the greatest Frontside models ever made. The reason the revival of the MX83 ought to interest experts everywhere is because it responds so intuitively to technical commands. Its fully cambered baseline feels super-glued to the snow, inviting speeds that would cause lesser lights to shake loose. Most skis this torsionally rigid don’t flow over and around moguls too well, but the MX83 has an almost liquid flow bred into its bones. One of the best indicators of a great ski is how well it performs in conditions for which it wasn’t made. Of course the MX83 is a hoot trenching corduroy at speeds that on another ski would be terrifying, but the MX83 adopts the same attitude towards all terrain. It doesn’t care where you point it because it’s confident in its abilities, a self-assurance that invariably rubs off on its pilot. The MX83’s size range is skewed short so that lighter or less talented skiers can experience perfection without necessarily being able to exemplify it.

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