Kastle FX85 (2017)


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Price: $849.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 85
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119-85-108
Lengths: 157, 165, 173, 181

The FX85, is the narrower of the two models in Kastle's FX (Free Cross) series. Both models are expert-level skis designed for all-mountain freeriding, spending as much time off-trail as on. But with its 85-mm waist width, the FX85 offers a bit more quickness and hard-snow edginess than the wider FX95. Both are offered with or without metal reinforcement. The metal-free versions are lighter, more playful, and more forgiving; the metal-reinforced versions (bearing the HP, or high-performance, designation in the model name) are heavier, more powerful, and calmer at high speeds. Both are offered either flat (no binding) or with binding (13-DIN on the 85; 13- or 16-DIN on the 95). Unlike the full-cambered, trail-oriented MX models, FX models are rockered tip and tail-for loose, smeary performance in soft snow-with low traditional camber underfoot so that they still have a measure of hard-snow grip and will still carve readily. The FX's Hook Free tail is rounded, making it easier to skid the end of the turn and control speed as needed. (Compare to the MX, which has a square tail for maximum turn-finishing power.) FX models are laminate constructions built on full wood cores (fir), with vertical sidewalls for sturdy edge grip. HP versions feature metal reinforcement above and below the core for durability, dampness at high speeds, and maximum torsional rigidity (twist resistance). 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. Kastle's Elliptical Radius sidecut is progressively tighter tip and tail, for quick turn initiations and strong finishes. K