It’s still more of a charger than a player, testers agreed, but even after a few years’ experience with the BMX series of freeride skis, they’re still surprised that a Kastle can be this quick and playful. Smooth, supple power is still its strong suit, and it’s still as much fun carving soft groomers at stupid speeds as it is surfing powder. Experts will get the most out of it, but mere mortals won’t be overmatched. “Very reactive for poppy turns on steeper crud,” said Gooding.
Strengths: Crud Performance, Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity