Kastle LX72 (2017) - Ski Mag

Kastle LX72 (2017)


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Price: $1099.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 72
Tip/Tail/Waist: 117-72-99
Lengths: 146, 154, 162, 170

The LX72 is the narrower of the two models in Kastle's LX series of light, trail-oriented, full-cambered all-mountain skis appropriate for intermediates and light-weight experts. With its 72-mm waist width, it will be slightly quicker edge-to-edge than the LX82, with slightly better edge grip on hard snow as well. It's available with either a 12-DIN or slightly cheaper 11-DIN binding. It's a cap construction-lighter, less-edgy, more forgiving than a full-laminate/vertical-sidewall construction-but it still has vertical sidewalls underfoot for good edge grip. And it still has full wood core (fir) and two sheets of metal reinforcement for durability, vibration-dampening, and strong torsional rigidity (twist-resistance, which gives the tip and tail firm edge purchase on hard snow). In other words: It's sturdier than the typical cap construction. The LX's straightforward single-radius sidecut is less aggressive than Kastle's usual Elliptical Radius sidecut (which is hookier tip and tail). Full traditional camber ensures maximum rebound energy from turn to turn and positive edge-engagement from tip to tail, but the LX's rounded tail releases and skids readily for easy speed control. 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