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2012 Kastle BMX108

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Title:  Review: 2012 Kastle BMX108 

 

Product:

 

Length/size Tested: 188

 

Environment of Conditions:

*Location of review: Sugar Bowl, Ca

*Runs Taken: 3

*Snow Conditions: Heavy Mank

*Demo or Purchase: Demo

 

Summery (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses): What was amazing about this ski is how nimble the BMX108 was for its size.  I skied it in heavy manky conditions in varied terrain. The BMX108 handled every thing I through at it including some fast (cut up) groomers with ease. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tester Info:

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5/10" 185lb

Average days on snow: 0-10, 11-25, 30+  (pick one)

Years Skiing: 0-5, 6-15, 15+  (pick one)

 

Aggressiveness: Conservative / Moderate / Aggressive / Competitor (pick one)

 

 

post #2 of 8

Heh, the 108 is my every day soft snow ski, crazily enough the FX 104 will be my everyday hard snow ski, how 4 mm can make such a difference!

 

Goes to show what construction and profile will do to make a ski.

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What type of ski is this, reverse camber???

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What the heck is a Mank?......................."Do you have a license for your Manky?"    I guess a new word needs to be made up everyday.  You should have your gas heater checked for leaks.  I don't know about you guys when the season starts to wind down. th_dunno-1[1].gif


Edited by skimalibu - 3/8/11 at 8:12am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post

What type of ski is this, reverse camber???



Cambered with early rise



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Originally Posted by skimalibu View Post

What the heck is a Mank?......................."Do you have a license for your Manky?"    I guess a new word needs to be made up everyday.  You should have your gas heater checked for leaks.  I don't know about you guys when the season starts to wind down. th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

Mank...8" of heavy, wet wind blown slop. 
 

 

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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post

What type of ski is this, reverse camber???


Traditional fat GS, with a little bit of early rise.  I ski last years 187 w/o the early rise on soft days. 

 

post #7 of 8

Adding to the review....

 

Kastle mx 108, 177, skied same day, same place, same wonderful snow. mank sounds bad, I thought it was GREAT snow. wet, heavy, fun snow.

 

So,

I was skiing my 98 all morning, and loving it, when I found Phil and the Kastle test crew.

 

I grabbed this one, as I've been wanting to try it, and I didn't give it back, so I got about 2 hrs on it.

 

Me, 6ft, 167, finesse skier, more skilled then bold.

 

first impression, wow, that's light, carrying it across the lot. compared to my 98, w/ metal, it was much lighter, even in the bigger package.

 

first turn, hum, where's the sweet spot, a bit more rearward then my 98, oh! there it is. yep, it turns well.

 

so off to the soft, yep floats well. nice flex, soft playful, but w/ that MX solidity and great feel.

 

take up the speed, still just solid, but open minded, enjoying every turn i throw at it.

 

tight quarters... now, this is where it shines, it had been making the same turn as my 98, in the snow, solid, not loose, but in tight trees w/ some thick, so skied out snow, it showed me that turn that everyone loves these wider skis w/ some early rise for, you can get them sideways sooo much easier if you have to and then get back out, shut down, get going... at will. different then the full traditional ski.

and,

that brings up my next point.

 

this may be the first ski w/ some sort of "rocker" that I've really liked. I like the olympus, but I think that is just a great long tip shape, I've owned and skied on lots of others, and haven't really bonded with any of them, but, this one was great.

I think because it has so very little rise, so you get some benefit, but no overkill that tweaks out the feel.

 

Just plain sweet.

 

So, I bought one!

you find something that good, I say buy it.

 

and yes, the 177 felt like the right length. I ski my mx98 in a 174, and the 177 was good. It was stable at my upper speeds, but quick and fun and nimble, like I like. i'm not dropping cliffs, or running alaska faces at 50mph, so the shorter ones are just more fun.

 

these austria skis are awfully good, that's for sure.

 

Cheers,

Holiday

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After another week of powder days,

 

this Kastle 108 is still doing it's job well.

 

I've taught a few pow lessons on it, and it skis exceptionally well at slow speeds, while still being solid at higher speeds.

 

I've also skied it back to back with the S7 one of my clients was skiing on, and while the 188 was a bit floatier, the Kastle was significantly more solid and predictable.

 

Is it perfect? for me, not quite, but closest I've found yet.

 If I was gonna change it, I might like a totally tail flat. even though the rise minimal, is easier and allows that more "surfy" feel, I prefer a flat tail for solid turn finishes. This ski has just a tad of that design, and it does it's job much better then most of these new school designs, but as an old school guy, flat feels more solid. Once again, so much of pow skiing is the sensations we've trained ourselves to enjoy.

 

length is still good, and my 177 has more length by a couple CM over the 188 S7 in front of the toe piece, a tad shorter in the tail.

 

The tip is perfect. it engages well, but doesn't hook, float great, and carves or skids on command.

 

Just a great ski.

 

Cheers,

Holiday


Edited by Holiday - 3/27/11 at 8:56am
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