Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
Both of these skis figure prominently in my article on once-in-a-decade skis. While the MX88 was referenced in that piece, the MX89 is its newest incarnation. If you haven’t noticed, the Renoun Z-90 has gotten a bit of support here of late; it is the golden child of Pugski and deservedly so, as it is a damn fine ski.
The Kästle MX89 is indeed a timeless ski. The beauty of the MX89 is in its quality of craftsmanship and its smoothness on snow. There is a feel that no other brand has been able to duplicate, a feel that is inherent in every MX I have skied. The MX89 is damn near perfect; I don’t think Kästle would or could do anything to make it better with today's technology.
I am running out of accolades for the Z-90. I am sorry, but the ski is indeed that good. Quite frankly, a ski that sells for almost $1,400 should be that good, but what makes it so good can actually be felt. Let your Everyman try a $120 bottle of scotch next to a $40 bottle and he probably couldn't tell which was which, but even an Everyday Andy can get on the Z-90 and say, “Thanks a lot, you just ruined me for any other ski.” From then on, all that skier will be able to think about is the Renoun Z-90 and "Would the spouse notice if I did sell our firstborn?
- Why choose the MX89? Old-world tradition. It is the skier's version of a Porsche 911. There is a quality that cannot be duplicated. Kästle: there is no substitute.
- Why choose the Z-90? Cyrus says, “Rules are meant to be broken.” Every once in a while something unique and special comes along. The Z-90 is that special something.