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Kastle FX94 (2013)

FX94

Kastle

2013

price$1149

YEAR2012/2013

WAIST WIDTH94mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST128-94-117

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS166, 176, 186

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The FX94 is the ski of choice for Eastern-bred, Aspen-based ski mountaineer Chris Davenport, around whom the FX line is built. Davenport favors a medium-wide ride that has the integrity of metal (for steep, technical descents) in as lightweight a package as possible (for the ascent). The FX94 weighs about 1,400 grams per pair in the 186 cm length. Davenport typically mounts his skis with light but sturdy Dynafit AT bindings. Kastle's FX line is unchanged from last year. In relation to the super-light, tour-oriented TX line, Davenport's constructions are sturdier and metal-reinforced for reliable downhill performance even in difficult snow on difficult terrain. There are three FX models in widths of 84, 94 and 104 mm. All are wood-core, metal-reinforced, vertical-sidewall laminate constructions. All feature standard camber for positive tip-to-tail edge-grip. The tips are slightly tapered, so as not to be nervous or hooky in the steep, technical situations for which the FX is designed. Both the tip and the tail of all FX models feature Hollowtech, which 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.