Featured Cage Match Comparison 2018 Kästle FX85 vs 2018 Kästle LX85

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews and Comparisons' started by Philpug, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Philpug

    Philpug The Ski'er Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    It couldn’t get more black vs white than comparing these two skis. This is really a Gen 2.0 comparison that goes back to the original FX and LX, but the times have changed. The new FX85 is much more off-piste-oriented than the original FX84, which felt more like a lightweight MX; where the old LX was a solid intermediate ski, the new one is now that lightweight MX. Follow so far? Last season we compared the FX85 HP to the MX89, and this should lead to a similar conclusion.

    The FX85 received a few upgrades for 2018 to add some responsiveness to the ski; the tweak in construction, while subtle, is a nice addition but doesn't change what has made the ski one of our testers' favorite designs since it was introduced. That FX was never one of my favorites, but I did appreciate its attributes; being a traditionalist, I preferred the MX and even the original FX. The 2018 FX has a touch more control and connection than the previous one, which I felt was a bit vague.

    The LX85 is all new and not, I repeat not, to be confused with the outgoing LX series. This LX is more of a revolution than an evolution, to the point where it really could have used a different letter -- KX, OX, ZX, whatever. Even MX-L would work, because as I said above, it feels more like an MX Lite than like the previous LX. What does this mean for you? More power without the need to feel that you have to be “on it” all the time. I used to refer to the original FX as the Porsche Cayman to the MX's 911, and this is even more true with the new LX.
    • Why choose the FX85? You either hang out off piste or want to. This entry-level premium ski will open up more of the mountain to you.
    • Why choose the LX85? You don't have the drive, demand, or wallet for the MX, but you want the feel of a premium frontside ski.
     
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  2. Ron

    Ron AKA Finndog Pugski Ski Tester

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    Well said. The LX,is a ski that previous lx owners (many were lightweights men &women) should demo this ski before you buy. Those who were looking for a more laid back, easy to flex ski may be surprised how many ponies lie beneath the top sheets and more aggressive lightweights May revel at this incarnation. Even at my 168# I found it to ski just fine. :thumb::thumb:

    The fx85 is a fantastic ski just not for those who are looking for precise or quick tip engagement. That same trait makes it a phenomenal off piste tool
     
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  3. SkiFree

    SkiFree At the base lodge Skier

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    For those who are still confused, what are the general differences between the MX, FX, and LX lines?
     
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    Philpug The Ski'er Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    MX: On Piste Power
    LX: On Piste Finesse
    FX HP/BMX HP: Off Piste Power
    FX/BMX: Off Piste Finesse.
     
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  5. SkiFree

    SkiFree At the base lodge Skier

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    Thank you. So how does a ski like the MX 98 play into all of this? Frontside oriented powerful all mountain?
     
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    Philpug The Ski'er Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Yeah. IMHO, the MX98, when it was still alive..then reborn again was that, one helluva charger. The MX98 in the 184 was the MX89 for an 11/10th skier, a better step up from the MX88 than the 188 MX88. There is only one ski on the market now that comes to mind that was like that MX98...the Head Monster 98.
     
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    SkiFree At the base lodge Skier

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    I picked up a new old stock 2016 MX98 recently, glad to hear it was the right choice. I am dying to see what it can do :daffy:
     
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    Philpug The Ski'er Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    You are in for a treat, it is such a good ski. The MX98 is truly a timeless ski.
     
  9. no edge

    no edge Booting up Skier

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    Sounds like the LX is the more responsive but more demanding of the group. It must have more metal and overall performance stronger on front side.
     

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