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KevskiI've got cast on my Kartel/Jeff 108s. Heavy but it is a dream on the downhill. Ideal for when you're willing to spend more energy than your friends on dedicated touring setups because you're gonna be blasting stuff on the way down.
I also had a pair of Jeff 96s and currently have a pair of Jeff 102s, and used both for smaller resort days (that ultimately did see some good snow). The 102s still surf and float well enough to have a lot of fun on and I don't hesitate to grab them even if it's been snowing a lot. Love em for literally everything.
The 96s I had in a shorter size, so maybe I could blame that in part, but they never felt like they wanted to be in soft snow when I took them there. Noticeably more hooky on turns and happy to sink quite a bit more. Felt like trying to ski pow on park skis (which it pretty much was).
So if you're sold on the 96 for your resort riding the biggest question is when do you think you'd reach for the Jeff 96 over your Wildcats touring? Most of the people I know using narrower skis to tour are doing it for weight savings on bigger spring or summer days when float isn't a priority or the destination is real far - a Jeffrey with cast is not gonna fill that role. Putting a metal pivot on a heavyish, narrower ski to tour on just seems like you're gonna spend a lot of energy and not really get much out of it?
FYI a Jeff 96 with cast will basically weigh the same as your Wildcat 108 with shifts on the way up (but with heavy metal toepieces in your pack). I'd probably save some cash and just put pivots on the 96s and save up for a dedicated lightweight touring ski down the road. Solid quiver having a good 50/50 all mountain ripper, a low tide resort jibber, and a nice light touring rig.
Not to burst your bubble, but just some food for thought before you spend another $500 on cast and skins for a ski you might never want to tour on.
gfunk77This was really helpful insight. I was considering the wildcat 101 but wondered how much different they could really be from what I have which is why I thought the Jeffrey 96 might make more sense. It sounds like you go between your 108 and 102 Jeff's.