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Rating: 3.15 / 5
Waist Width: 118
Lengths: 168, 183
Stability at speed: 3.72 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.87 / 5
Crud performance: 3.31 / 5
Flotation: 3.46 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.58 / 5
Overall: 3.15 / 5
The BMX 118 is a powder specialist made for real skiers (as opposed to pros). It’s wide enough for the deepest powder-a great heli-skiing width-with pronounced forebody rocker that rises to 190 mm high, starting 380 mm back from tip, with minimal camber underfoot. It comes in two lengths, basically a men’s (183 cm) and a women’s (163), with a fairly long radius.
Kastle’s BMX line is a four-model collection of tip-rockered freeride skis ranging in width from 98 to 128 mm. All are vertical-sidewall, wood-core constructions, but none have metal (in order to cut weight and keep the widest skis manageable). The amount of rocker increases as the skis get wider, and the BMX’s Powder tail is rounded and slightly raised for easy release at the end of each turn. Dual Radius incorporates a larger radius in the forebody, so the BMX won’t feel “hooky” in deep snow at speed. The Hollowtech tip is a Kastle signature: All but a thin translucent layer of glass is removed from an egg-shaped section of the tip. This reduces swing weight, and because there’s less mass, tip vibration is reduced, both in amplitude and duration, so the ski is quieter on the snow and the edges are locked into the snow sooner and longer. Kastle has increased the size of the Hollowtech oval and says it now cuts up to 15 percent from the weight of the shovel.