Kastle BMX98 (2013)
The BMX98 covers an increasingly key waist width in the marketplace: Wide enough for soft snow fun without totally sacrificing hard-snow versatility. Western skiers, and even some Eastern ones, will find it to be a pleasingly versatile everyday ski. It gets a medium dose of forebody rocker: up to 180 mm high, starting 360 mm back from the tip. 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 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 this year increased the size of the Hollowtech oval and says it now cuts up to 15 percent from the weight of the shovel.
|Level||Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Lengths||158, 168, 178, 188|