There’s just a certain refined yet burly feel to a Kästle—similar to flooring a Jaguar up a twisting mountain pass (or so we imagine). Despite Kästle’s claim that it’s more on the “comfort” side of the spectrum, testers didn’t describe this ski as easygoing or accommodating, so be prepared to ski it hard and fast. Its smooth, damp power and incredible snow contact can be too much for lesser experts, but testers noted the shorter length was much more maneuverable and lively. Built with a wood core, two sheets of metal, and stiffening fiberglass, it should come with a warning label about how deep it trenches. “Smooth and supple,” said Gleason.
Strengths: Stability at Speed, Balance of Skills