Kastle BMX115 (2017)

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Rating: 2.78 / 5
Price: $1049.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 115
Tip/Tail/Waist: 141-115-130
Lengths: 177, 185, 193

Stability at speed: 3.14 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.70 / 5
Crud performance: 3.06 / 5
Flotation: 3.94 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.63 / 5
Overall: 2.78 / 5

The BMX 115 is the widest ski Kastle makes, a rockered, tapered, deep-powder surfer built for maximum flotation. Metal-free construction keeps it as light and lively as possible for its width. It's offered flat or with either a 16- or 14-DIN binding. The BMX series includes three models (105, 105HP, and 115) ranging in width from 105 to 115 mm. They're the widest skis Kastle makes, built for maximum flotation and loose, slashy performance in deep snow on big terrain. The 115 is a metal-free construction; the 105 is offered metal-free or in a beefier HP version built with two sheets of Titanal for added power, edge-grip and high-speed calm. All models are full-wood-core, vertical-sidewall, laminate constructions for durability, power, and hardpack edge grip. Low camber underfoot enhances carvability on hardpack in between storms. Rocker and tapered shape in both the tip and tail combine to keep it loose and pivoty when the powder's deep. Kastle's Elliptical Radius sidecut is progressively tighter fore and aft, for quick turn initiations and strong finishes. The Hollowtech tip is a Kastle signature: All but a thin translucent layer is removed from an egg-shaped cutout in the tip. This reduces swing weight, and because there's less mass, tip vibration is reduced, so the ski is quieter on the snow and hooks up into a carved turn more readily. K_stle, based in Hohenems, Austria, was founded in 1924, when race coach Aton Kastle developed an all-ash ski. In the 1960s, it had great success with its CPM (compound-plastic-metal) constructions. The brand has an illustrious racing heritage, with World Cup stars such as Pirmin Zurbriggen and Kjetil Andre Aamodt. In 1991 it was purchased by Benetton and folded into the Nordica division. In 2007 it was divested and returned to Hohenems. Its U.S. headquarters are in Vail, Colorado. -J.C.