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2013 Kästle FX94 Chris Davenport Pro Ski

Posted

Pros: Effortless turning, stability, flexibility, edge hold

Cons: Couldn't find any

I demoed a pair of these at Crystal Mountain yesterday, a typical spring slush day (50 degrees F). I went to the demo day to seek an all mountain "carving" ski, but decided to try the FX because I had heard so much praise, and because the dealer is a bit away from my house. The rep asked about my ski level (43 years old, advanced intermediate, 6 foot, 195 pounds, ski 20-25 days a year) and recommended the 176 cm length. Immediately, I noticed that these skis are full of helium, or so they feel. I had skied a few skis this size (90-100 mm), and was, therefore, shocked when I did not have to muscle them around the first turn. Edge to edge down the early frozen hard pack, and then bombing the slush, later, without abandon, not only did I have the most fun ever in slush, this was the most fun I have ever had on skis. I found some crunchy bumps in the shade, and they shot through them without and notice. These skis feel like 70 under foot. Absolutely amazing.

 

Looking forward to trying them in "winter conditions" next season.

Posted

Pros: Light, lively and yet powerful

Cons: Price, but well worth it.

 

Review:

Kastle doesn't make skis..which are essentially "tools", Kastle makes instruments. The FX series and specifically the 94 are some of the more anonymous skis offered. The MX's, RX's and even BMX's get all the press but the FX's are the black diamonds of the Kastle line (I will address the equally ignored LX's in their own review). But if you are looking for what could be the smoothest most refined ski offered, the FX94 is your choice. The FX's are very traditional in that they are a wood metal laminate  with no early rise, no system bindings, no bars or beams, just pure function. 

 

Product:

Length Tested: 176cm

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  128/94/117 18.5M

Camber: Traditional

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: North Lake Tahoe

Number of Runs:Numerous

Snow Conditions: All

Demo or Own: Demo

 

Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

 
2013 Kästle FX94 Chris Davenport Pro Ski
Description:

FX skis are the tools for any freeski adventure. developed with pro athlete Chris Davenport, the lightweight core construction and traditional sidecut make it ideal for efficient ascents and confident descents. FX94 is the Chris Davenport Pro Model for any freeskiing adventure. The FX94 has been developed in cooperation with this exceptional athlete for his projects. Its lightweight core construction and unique sidecut makes it ideal for ascents and descents on any terrain. in addition, it also performs on piste through its precision and stability

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths166, 176, 186
Dimensions128/94/117
Turn Radius20M @ 176
Constructioncamber
Core MaterialWood - Ash, Silver Fir, Poplar
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Bindingn/a
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelExpert
Model Year2013
Binding System
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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