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Kastle has a fine pedigree in producing top-of-the-range skis, so we couldn't wait to review the new MX89.
kastle mx89
Level
Advanced
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Advanced to expert skiers with deep pockets looking to ski the whole of the mountain hard.
Price
£699
Season
2016/17
lengths
156,164,172,180,188
Bindings?
No
Versatility
9
Off-piste
8
Value
5
On-piste
10
Performance
10
Overall Score
9

Last season's MX88 was an outstanding ski and perhaps wisely Kästle has opted for evolution rather than revolution with its successor, the MX89.

Sharp-eyed readers may have already worked out that an extra millimetre has been added to the width underfoot, while Kästle has also tinkered with the elliptical cut-out in the nose. That larger 'Hollowtech 2.0' insert in the tip is designed for an even lower swing weight and adds a damping effect at high speed.

The MX89 is the widest in the range, which is also available in 84 and 74 widths, while Kästle now offers five length options - up from four in previous seasons - so whatever your body shape, weight and style there should be an MX to suit you.

The MX89 has outstanding edge hold for the category and was surprisingly nimble for a ski 89mm underfoot and 180cm long - the length we tested.

The stiff tail has a nice 'racey' feel and whips you out of turns, while it is as stable as it gets thanks to both a Titanal base sheet and top sheet sandwiching an Ash/Silver Fir wood core. This ski needs to be driven hard to get the most from it, but it deserves to be - no passengers allowed.

Off-piste, the ski gains great float from the 129mm wide nose, while the MX89 eats crud and chopped up snow for breakfast.

That combination means the MX89 is quite a ski. It's expensive at £699 without bindings, but in this case you get what you pay for.

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