2021 Kästle MX83

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Philpug: The outgoing MX83 and MX84 were the gold standard for many of our readers as well as sales leaders in the MX collection, so the new MX83 has some big shoes to fill. Like the rest of the collection, the MX83 is all new with a level of obtainable performance that the previous generations never had, and that makes the ski better. In the past, there was a price of admittance to “Club MX," but it has dropped some.

Insider tip: The finish of these new MX skis far surpasses anything Kästle has offered before.​

Drahtguy Kevin: The MX83 is the best of both the MX75 and MX88. All the MX tips are grand, but the one on the 83 stands out. Driving it into the turn, feeling the irregularities in the snow vanish, and popping into the next turn -- it's all bliss. This ski trucks through soft piles while remaining nimble in bumps and tight areas. I'm not sure I want to test the speed limits of this confidence-inspiring whip.

Insider tip: Commit to the turn and let ‘er rip.​
Andy Mink: This is one that I know is better than the ski I was on. Late afternoon conditions at the upper runs at Mammoth were scraped off and very hard. I dropped in and turned -- no, slid -- down the hill sideways. In the hard bumps, they were very unsettling, with no grip on the hard downhill side of the bumps and in the scraped-off troughs. The edges were dull after two days of testing. In the softer snow lower on the mountain that didn't demand a sharp edge, they turned easily, engaging predictably. The Kästle smoothness was there. Turns were easily shaped from tight to long and flowing. The goodness is in there but, just like any other ski, a good tune is paramount.

Insider tip: Tune, tune, tune.​
Tricia: The MX line got quite the makeover for the 2020-21 season. One of the things you’ll notice is that the MX84 is gone, replaced by the MX83. The change in dimensions and wood construction have made the difference Kästle was looking for. This new MX comes with a gorgeous structure that you’d expect from this premium brand; it was ready to slice through the snow like butter. When I dabbled off piste a bit, the MX83 handled the bumps and crud pretty darn well, but it was clear that this ski really shines on piste.

Insider tip: For something a little better off piste, check out the MX88.​
 
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Who is it for?
Instructors; this will be a great teaching ski because it gets going much quicker than the old model. Those who appreciate the smoothness of Kästle and want a narrower, easy carving, frontside ski.
Who is it not for?
Smooth and damp doesn't necessarily mean easy skiing. Beginners and low intermediates won't be able to wring out what this ski can do.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
Frontside, All Mountain
Ski attributes
Groomers, Moguls
Segment
Men, Women

Specifications

HighFives
Available sizes
154, 161, 168, 175, 182
Dimensions
126-83-112
Rocker profile
Full camber
Construction design
All new
Binding options
Flat, System
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Philpug: The outgoing MX83 and MX84 were the gold standard for many of our readers as well as sales leaders in the MX collection, so the new MX83 has some big shoes to fill. Like the rest of the collection, the MX83 is all new with a level of obtainable performance that the previous generations never had, and that makes the ski better. In the past, there was a price of admittance to “Club MX," but it has dropped some.

Insider tip: The finish of these new MX skis far surpasses anything Kästle has offered before.​

Drahtguy Kevin: The MX83 is the best of both the MX75 and MX88. All the MX tips are grand, but the one on the 83 stands out. Driving it into the turn, feeling the irregularities in the snow vanish, and popping into the next turn -- it's all bliss. This ski trucks through soft piles while remaining nimble in bumps and tight areas. I'm not sure I want to test the speed limits of this confidence-inspiring whip.

Insider tip: Commit to the turn and let ‘er rip.​
Andy Mink: This is one that I know is better than the ski I was on. Late afternoon conditions at the upper runs at Mammoth were scraped off and very hard. I dropped in and turned -- no, slid -- down the hill sideways. In the hard bumps, they were very unsettling, with no grip on the hard downhill side of the bumps and in the scraped-off troughs. The edges were dull after two days of testing. In the softer snow lower on the mountain that didn't demand a sharp edge, they turned easily, engaging predictably. The Kästle smoothness was there. Turns were easily shaped from tight to long and flowing. The goodness is in there but, just like any other ski, a good tune is paramount.

Insider tip: Tune, tune, tune.​
Tricia: The MX line got quite the makeover for the 2020-21 season. One of the things you’ll notice is that the MX84 is gone, replaced by the MX83. The change in dimensions and wood construction have made the difference Kästle was looking for. This new MX comes with a gorgeous structure that you’d expect from this premium brand; it was ready to slice through the snow like butter. When I dabbled off piste a bit, the MX83 handled the bumps and crud pretty darn well, but it was clear that this ski really shines on piste.

Insider tip: For something a little better off piste, check out the MX88.​
So ... I fell in love with the previous MX 83 based on demos. When the MX 84 came out with its allegedly friendlier tip, I thought, "even better!" Eventually I found a pair at a reasonable price and bought them. After three seasons of intermittent use, I remain slightly disappointed. The smoothness and high speed stability are there, but I've never been satisfied with the hookup, compared with the older MX 83. Please comment with regard to the new MX 83. TIA
 

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