Pros: SMOOTH and very very quick for a 98mm
Cons: Price point is higher (some might not like the raspberry color)
I recently spent my first day on the Kastle BMX 98s-Whoa. They are the best feeling pair of skis I've ever ridden. Took about 1/2 a run to come to this conclusion (it was obvious). Porsche of skis, it was almost like they were pulling me through the turn. I even like the way they sounded when chattering. After just one day of skiing, I get the Kastle thing now.
Me: 6'0" 190 40 something advanced Tahoe skier. (75% off piste reasonable terrain. Not extreme.) I'm on the 178s, which worked out well for me. I have never liked skis that I had to wrestle with on the mountain, so tend to stay away from overly stiff or long skis. The BMX98 was actually a forgiving ski to me, without sacrificing any performance. Really fun, confidence inspiring ride.
Conditions: 5" soft new on top of crust, pretty tough actually. Cold. Ski'd trees most of the day. The BMXs were nimble and light, but also powerful when I needed to step hard on them. SMOOTH. The length and flex were spot on for tree skiing and more than anything else they are quick! Only 5" of new, but enough in places that I could appreciate the float of the skis. I was able to get them on edge very easily on soft groomers, where they railed. Not the greatest in steep icy bumps, but hey neither am I. They still got me down. I have a 3 ski quiver, and I bet these will see 80+% of the time. When I need to jump on a plane to go ski elsewhere-no doubt this is the ski in my bag.
So, in summary: Performance, edge grip and maneuverability get 5+ from me. Too early to call the durability rating so I'll give it a 4. Value is a 4.5. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and I just got my primary pair of skis that I cannot wait to ride again.
Thanks goes out to Dawg for the recommendation and sale!