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Mathias Mac

Mathias Mac wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

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Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Probably! I wrote a lengthy review but accidentally deleted it. so heres the brief version.these are the best one ski quiver on the planet if you know how to ski. they reward good technique. size down if on the fence. i ski the 176 need its all i need! i really think the 186 is only for really big guys, or the absolute fastest skiers on the mountain. kastle is making the Ferrari of skis!!!

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Mathias Mac wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Reporting with an initial impression, because there is very little info on these, but I have only skied them on firmer conditions/groomers, and no where near what these were designed for. I will update if we get snow!!! Typical Kastle construction - which is to say IMO highest caliber skis on the market, and you pay for it!

For starters, these are dead sexy skis! if your a RIPPING chick the 168 will have you looking like the hottest bunny on the hill! if your man enough for the 183 and can handle with HOT pink! then props to you!! This 183 is a beastly ski. WAY more substantial than atomic bent chetler in same length. They do feel dead until you get them up to a decent speed ( id guess 30mph), at which point they become very manageable, but not what I would call easy going or playful. (again we are talking firm snow/groomers) These are a very wide, but traditional ski. Lots of camber. very gradual early rise tip, strong tail. Overall its a stiff pow ski! Stiffer hand flex than my kastle mx83 that has two sheets of metal! So i guess thats about all the info I can give till we get more snow. bottom line, dont be fooled by hot pink! this is no girls only ski! bring your a game and shred pow harder than you have ever shredded before! at 5'9" 215, 100 days a year skier, I could not ski this in much longer than 183!!! its a MAN'S ski! :)

UPDATE**** Effortless POW dominance. SLAYS steep and deep! soooo effortless. never skied such tight treees regardless of 33 m turn radius. once the pow is deep and the terrain is steep these wil go ANYWHERE effortlessly. and so much fun on mellow terrain becuase they float unreal and you can make turns in places you couldnt before. buy them. kastle is making all other skis look like toys.

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Mathias Mac wrote an answer about on January 7, 2014

Jared, I just had my first day on these, at 5'9" on the 176.... WOW!!! Absolutely killed steep double black bumps on Deep Temerity at Aspen Highlands today! So Light, and powerful, agile. Really fun on groomers... not quite the g-force as the MX83. But super stable and great edge hold. Looking forward to getting them in softer/deeper snow. everything I expected and more... fun from the first turn... will also wait to write a full review!!!

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Mathias Mac wrote an answer about on August 15, 2013

Thanks Lexi! I have been enjoying the heck out my new hyside mini max on the river this summer! but i am (as always) reasdy for ski season! My rule of thumb is once its august its okay to start obsessing over skiing again! lol. Thank you very much. I have oredred the 183 with FKS Pivot 140's. I have no doubt they are going to be playful and fun as can be. And im considering getting a true charging ski for days i really want to open it up.

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Mathias Mac wrote a question about on August 14, 2013

so my dilema is that im pretty short 5'9"... but pretty heavy right now 205ish,(might be 185 or 205 by ski season depending if i get my ass in gear).... i ski 100 days a year in aspen snowmass. but i have been on some 168 icelantic nomads the last three seasons so im very used to shredding on short/fat(109) skis ( although tomahawks over the handle bars were not too uncommon) .... i think im strong enough and technically sound enough ( i am PSIA certified. blah blah) to grow into large skis , but do i need to jump into 192's right away or will 183s be enough ?!?!?! (this hopefully will be accompanied by a good firmer snow quiver ski so wont have to be used everyday) PLase help! :) thanks

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Mathias Mac wrote a question about on November 12, 2012

Greetings all, Thanks sooo much in advance for answering this!!!! So i just recieved the 185's (bc.com version) as a gift and I must say they look great, love the stiffness/rocker profile, but still have a few questions/concerns?!?! ABout me: 26yo, level II PSIA Instructor, very strong (college football player, nearly 5'10" and weight fluctuates between 185-200lbs. I ski aspen snowmass (100+ days per season) and looking for a big mtn ski with everyday/powder capablities ( i know, i know.lol) I ski steep and deep (hlands bowl), trees, technical culoirs,medium to large cliffs, inevitable groomers and inevtiable bumps etc. Now to ?'s... First, is this a true big mountain free ride ski for resort use with regular alpine bindings? Will i regret not having something with more weight and more popular for resort like the Blizzard Cochise?? Dont get me wrong, these may be the best skis in the world, i just have no experience with g3 and cannot find anyone locally who does. and i am not going to use these for touring cept the occasional side country hike etc. Where should I mount these for a free ride style? I like to ski aggressive and fast; but also like to butter, smear, surf,and turn the big mountain into a terrain park. Is the mounting AT line to far back for this? Also, is 185 the right length for me? I know rockered skis ski short but with this nearly flat camber im not exactly sure. I want to get it right before unwrapping and mounting these. Thanks soooo much, pleeeeasseee help a fellow skier out with some beta!! Happy skiing all!! Its almost here (in western colorado)

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Mathias Mac wrote a question about on November 12, 2012

Greetings all, Thanks sooo much in advance for answering this!!!! So i just recieved the 185's (bc.com version) as a gift and I must say they look great, love the stiffness/rocker profile, but still have a few questions/concerns?!?! ABout me: 26yo, level II PSIA Instructor, very strong (college football player, nearly 5'10" and weight fluctuates between 185-200lbs. I ski aspen snowmass (100+ days per season) and looking for a big mtn ski with everyday/powder capablities ( i know, i know.lol) I ski steep and deep (hlands bowl), trees, technical culoirs,medium to large cliffs, inevitable groomers and inevtiable bumps etc. Now to ?'s... First, is this a true big mountain free ride ski for resort use with regular alpine bindings? Will i regret not having something with more weight and more popular for resort like the Blizzard Cochise?? Dont get me wrong, these may be the best skis in the world, i just have no experience with g3 and cannot find anyone locally who does. and i am not going to use these for touring cept the occasional side country hike etc. Where should I mount these for a free ride style? I like to ski aggressive and fast; but also like to butter, smear, surf,and turn the big mountain into a terrain park. Is the mounting AT line to far back for this? Also, is 185 the right length for me? I know rockered skis ski short but with this nearly flat camber im not exactly sure. I want to get it right before unwrapping and mounting these. Thanks soooo much, pleeeeasseee help a fellow skier out with some beta!! Happy skiing all!! Its almost here (in western colorado)

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