Cage Match Comparison 2017 Stöckli Stormrider 88 vs 2017 Kästle MX89

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Ah, the blue-blood brothers from other mothers.

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Few have skied either of these refined combinations of metal, wood, plastic, and rubber and thought, "Eh, they're just okay, I don't get what all the fuss is about." No, these skis are the reason skiers ask forgiveness after the purchase rather than permission before, the reason they would sell their firstborn to get a pair (if the wife questions it, they answer "we can make another one...") So, what separates them? Objective. Do you want the off-road version of a race car or the refinement of a super sedan? Neither is a bad choice.
  • Why choose the Stormrider 88? The SR88 is just as comfortable at 15 mph as it is at 50 mph. Of these two, it is most mature. The ease of the Stormrider is so deceptive that you forget how much ski is actually there.
  • Why choose the MX89? Ex-racers looking for an all-mountain instrument want this one. Very few skis combine so much power with so much versatility. There is a reason quality comes at a price.
  • Other skis in the class: None. A step down? Blizzard Brahma, Head Monster 88, Völkl Kendo.
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@Philpug So the Renoun Z-90 is not in this class? Since it wasn't mentioned as being a step down, is it two steps down?
The Renoun Z-90 has a completely different feel unto itself and very well will see its own Cage Match. :popcorn:
 
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I need to get on the Stormrider 88. The mx89 was just a sublime experience but for the money, I'd probably go with the Monster that ski is a hoot and a serious ski all wrapped up in one package.
 

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Fairly certain I would love either of these...

But, alas, there is no room in the quiver for them....such is life...
 
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Which of the two is more forgiving?
The SR88 is the more forgiving one between these two. It is supple and refined, the Kästle is a bit tighter wound and has a smaller sweetspot but that adds to why is is more rewarding at speed.
 
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Fairly certain I would love either of these...

But, alas, there is no room in the quiver for them....such is life...
You would. I would like to make some turns with you when you are on the Kästle, I think you would really enjoy it..on a midweek morning when you could let them run.
 
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Still have a pair of MX 88's in the quiver. There is no better ride for early season New England conditions. They just laugh at the ice.
 

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Phil:

For your testing, where was your boot center mounted on the Stormriders relative to the manufacturers mark? Did you try multiple locations during your test?
 
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See other thread, center point works.
 

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Phil:

For your testing, where was your boot center mounted on the Stormriders relative to the manufacturers mark? Did you try multiple locations during your test?
Yes, see the other post. My experience is that the center is PERFECT. I tried a set of demos that were about a cm back, and i thought the tips floated too much and I was too far over the tails. Moving the skis center made a huge difference.

YUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGEEEEE difference.
 
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