The Augment AM98Ti is a relatively new design concept compared to what we have seen previously from Augment, with a shorter turn radius, broad tip shape, and tip and tail rise. A solid and planted on-snow feel is what you would expect from this premium Austrian manufacturer, and that is what you get. But you also gain the ability to smear and slarve, and a less experienced skier craving that premium feel can feel comfortable on this ski
Like the Augment, the Kästle MX98 has that solid feel of a premium ski. Where these two differ is that Kastle has stayed with their tried-and-true traditional shape with its rounded tip rise, (very) minimal rocker, full camber and square race tail. There is something said for a traditional shape like the MX98; in fact, something to be said for the whole MX collection. Very few do it as well as Kästle.
There is a connection to the snow that you get with a ski in this price range that you just do not get with mainstream models, no matter how popular and well-received they are. The Augment AM98Ti and the Kästle MX98 will give you just that.
- Why choose the Augment AM98Ti: You are looking for a progressive shape with a traditional construction. Plus, you can choose your flex.
- Why choose the Kastle MX98: You want both traditional construction and a traditional shape.
- Insider tip: While these skis could almost coexist in the same quiver, I would suggest a MX83/88 and the Augment 98Ti as a price-is-not-a-consideration two ski quiver for a bit more versatility.