Kastle BMX115 (2016)

2016 Kästle BMX 115

Rating: 3.15 / 5
Price: $1049.00
Year: 2016
Level: 4
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 115
Tip/Tail/Waist: 141-115-130
Lengths: 177,185,193

Stability at speed: 3.36 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.10 / 5
Crud performance: 3.65 / 5
Flotation: 3.89 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.00 / 5
Overall: 3.15 / 5

Stable and forgiving? Most skis are either one or the other (or neither). The BMX 115 is both. It handles hard snow and crud with reassuring power and solidity underfoot, but it's never a difficult ski to manage. Its Hard Snow score is especially amazing given its width. Or maybe not, considering the brand:
Tip any Kastle on edge and it knows what to do. It's not exactly a playful ski, but nor is it ever punishing. Larson: "The Everyman's Kastle. Quick swing weight for tight turns, but the Kastle lover can still open up the throttle."

NOTES: The BMX115 is the widest ski in Kastle's Freeride series, with a 141 mm tip, 115 mm waist, and 130 mm tail. It also has a whopping 22 - 26 m radius. This is the most-powder oriented ski Kastle makes, so if you're planning on charging super deep snow, this is one of the company's best offerings for you.

The Freeride series is 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.