Kastle BMX128 (2013)
The 128, ski of choice of Kastle athlete Hugo Harrison, is a pure powder specialist, designed to thrive in the deepest snow--and merely survive on any hardpack it encounters. It features the most tip rocker of any BMX: 200 mm high, starting 400 mm back from tip, with low camber underfoot. It has the longest sidecut radius of any BMX--40 meters--so it won't get hooky at extra high speeds, and it only comes in one length (188 cm). Kastle's BMX line is a broad collection of tip-rockered freeride skis ranging in width from 78 to 128 mm. All are vertical-sidewall, wood-core constructions, but none have metal (in order to save weight and keep the widest skis manageable). The amount of rocker varies from model to model, increasing as the skis get wider. The BMX's Hook Free tail is rounded and slightly raised for easy release at the end of each turn. Dual Radius incorporates a longer 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 this year increased the size of the Hollowtech oval and says it now cuts up to 15 percent from the weight of the shovel.