Kastle BMX105 (2016)

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Rating: 3.31 / 5
Price: $999.00
Year: 2016
Level: 4
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 105
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-105-123
Lengths: 173,181,189

Stability at speed: 3.50 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.88 / 5
Crud performance: 3.75 / 5
Flotation: 3.97 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.98 / 5
Overall: 3.31 / 5

Testers have come to expect a supple, luxurious feel from premium-priced Kastles—and, until recently, a locked-in feel that left little room for creativity. The BMX still knows what you want when you put it on edge, but it has a looseness and an exuberance in soft snow that testers didn't expect from the Austrian brand. Credit the whippy swing weight of the cutaway tip. Casey: "Has the ability to change gears easily. Still favors a better skier, but more forgiving than Kastles past."

NOTES: The BMX105 is the softer version of its big brother, the BMX 105 HP. It's nearly identical in terms of technology, with the same 134 mm tip, 105 mm waist, and 123 mm tail. However, it doesn't have top and bottom titanal layers like the BMX 105 HP, making it designed as a lighter and more forgiving ski. For something similar but a bit wider, check out the BMX 115.

The BMX 105 is part of the Freeride series, Kastle's widest and most powder-focused series. Its skis waists' range from 105 - 115 mm underfoot, and radii range from 19 - 26 m, built for deep snow and big mountain skiing. Woodcores made of silver fir are intended to stabilize the ski and promote smooth turns. Hook Free Shovel and Hook Free Tail technologies move the ski's widest points slightly inwards from the tip and tail, designed for better turn initiation and decreased hooking. Dual Rise camber profile is designed to float on powder and other varied conditions, opposed to a classic profile intended for just hardpack snow. Hollowtech technology hollows out the ski's tip, lightening the load and designed to further decrease chatter and other vibrations in the ski. Progressive rise technology gives the tip a gradual rockered profile, designed to float over powder and other various conditions away from the hardpack.

Kastle, based in Hohenems, Austria, was founded in 1924. Its U.S. headquarters are in Vail, Colorado.