Overall Ranking: #7
Overall Score: 3.63 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
169, 177, 184, 191
19.2m (184cm length)
Waist Width (mm)
Stability at Speed
4.44 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
3.63 / 5
3.94 / 5
3.88 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
3.81 / 5
4.00 / 5
Balance of Skills
3.69 / 5
4.13 / 5
An all-mountain ski with a 108mm waist width isn’t going to be every skier’s cup of tea, but it may be just the ticket for skiers out West, especially considering the Kästle ZX108’s top scores in our Flotation category.
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What’s more, the ZX108 lives for speed, so if you find yourself hurtling down chutes and back bowls and trying to outrun your sluff, look no further. Testers awarded the Kastle ZX108 the second highest scores in Stability at Speed, a testament to this ski’s magical construction, which is beefy enough to keep the ski rock-steady at speed but also light enough to keep it afloat in fluff.
“This ski crushes at high speeds on groomers. It loves going fast and getting on edge,” notes tester Courtney Harkins.
The flipside to this stability is that the Kästle ZX108 isn’t the quickest tool in the shed. Its wider waist means it doesn’t transition from edge to edge as quickly as others in this category, and it’s just a little too clunky to maneuver deftly through bumps and other tight spots.
“They lag behind in moguls and crud and don’t have much emotion in them,” adds Harkins.
The Kästle ZX108 may lack some quickness and playfulness, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lifeless ski. The ski rebounds nicely from turn to turn, say testers, it’s just more of a soft rebound than a playful snap. Testers especially appreciated this characteristic in crud, where it translated to a smooth ride no matter the snow conditions.
Says tester Tracy Gibbons: “This ski is rich and smooth. A Lexus AWD—can go anywhere while offering power and luxury. But it’s not a sports car.”
The only true downside to this unisex charger is that the shortest available length is 168cm, and even that skis a little longer than advertised and feels cumbersome in short turns. That keeps the Kästle ZX108 out of reach for a lot of intermediates who are still working on commanding a longer ski. But advanced and expert ladies will rejoice in having a longer all-mountain charger available to them.
- Strengths: Stability at Speed (2nd in category), Flotation (1st)
- Weaknesses: Quickness (12th), Versatility (10th)