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Kastle Colby James West twin tips are HERE!!!!

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Kastle's Colby James West signature line.  Arrived today!!!  Colby has appeared in numerous Matchstick Productions videos and has climbed the podium many times at the Winter X Games.  Check 'em out!

 

The COLBY

The JAMES

The WEST

 

They look awesome but we'll be testing them this week at Stratton.


Edited by patmoore - 2/6/12 at 1:40pm
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curious how they ski.

 

I have hated sysmetrical skis in the past. Maybe kastle some how made them better.

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Interesting. Will Kastle go the way of Volkl with styling now?

Also, it looks like they start at 599 and then add $10 per millimeter of waist.


Edited by Tog - 2/6/12 at 6:29pm
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Kastle had sweet twins back in the day.  Their Freestyle was a great ride back in the day!

 

 

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curious how they ski.

 

I have hated sysmetrical skis in the past. Maybe kastle some how made them better.



I skied the James at Winter Park. I went into the demo with the same reservations regarding symmetric twins. I liked the way the James skied I didn't feel the tail was too wide especially in a world of skis with 10-20mm+ of taper. 

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I've never skied a symmetrical ski. Really looking forward to trying the West though.

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I've never skied a symmetrical ski. Really looking forward to trying the West though.



I think the West is going to rock. I like the old Kastle "Freestyle Pro" colors.

 

 

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A wee bit more info for you bloody wankers.

 

 

 


Edited by skimalibu - 2/7/12 at 12:40am
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The problem with these ski's is that traditional reviewers/testers will mount them too far back instead of centered or close to center.

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The problem with these ski's is that traditional reviewers/testers will mount them too far back instead of centered or close to center.



That doesn't sound like a problem with the skis . . .

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That doesn't sound like a problem with the skis . . .



No, but that is how it will translate....

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I got to Stratton for demo day yesterday with the intention of focusing on carving skis.  For those of you who don't know me I'm a racer (ski and board).

 

Late in the day I happened by the Kastle booth and figured, what the heck, I'll try a pair and was set up with the James model in 175.  I rode the gondola to the top and took a fairly sedate wide trail down.  I started off riding backwards and did that until I got bored.  I then started spinning on-the-snow 360s until I got dizzy.  At that point I let 'em loose and started laying them over.  I was stunned at how responsive they were!  At 90mm underfoot this twin tip was able execute powerful GS turns. 

 

With each turn I dropped my hip lower and the stability never wavered.  They just got faster.  My skepticism went out the window.  If they had had a GS course set up I would have loved to cruise the gates on them. 

 

In my book, Kastle has a winner in this one. Now I wish I had tried the Colby and the West

 

 

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What about the symmetry of it all? How was that part?

 

So, Suburban Ski and Bike -  "Bored, dizzy, stunned!" by the James

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The James:  120/90/120 - All Mountain.  Dual Hollowtech Tip and Tail.  Full symmetrical.  Early rise, low camber. 

 

 

The shop's Park and Pipe specialist demoed the Colby and pronounced it the best Twin Tip he's ever ridden. 

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All in all it was a very productive (and fun) event.  We tested a LOT of skis and boards over the three days but Kastle really caught our attention.  Two of the serious P&P testers spent a lot of time on the Colby and raved about how light and snappy they were.

 

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Kaestle GmbH                                                        http://vimeo.com/19416172

 

 

Some Action:

 

 

Kaestle GmbH                                                                                                            http://vimeo.com/24786206

 

 

 

Bobby Brown he is not.

 

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Had the pleasure of skiing the West in a 190 at a recent demo. Conditions weren't the best but this was great first introduction and enough to know I will be demoing these again.

Things that stood out - they feel extremely light on your feet and have amazing low swing weight. They are remarkably quick edge to edge for a 110mm ski and easy to pivot, smear and carve  skiing somewhere between a traditional ski and a big rocker. You can feel the tail is there for you which I like.

Other testers all wanted to buy a pair on the spot and were really impressed by how nimble they were and how well they spun. 

They look fantastic in person. May be my next pow ski.

 

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OK Skied these for full day in Whistler this past Sunday. 30cm of dry snow on top of packed powder. 

Me 6'1" 190lbs level 7, aggressive but skiing with Groms that day so dialled back a bit.

Skied the XX West in a 180cm, mounted in Freeride / Trad spot so a couple inches back from true centre (did not measure but it looked more fwd than any of the BMX mount points)

Would buy and wanted to demo the 190cm.

 

Great powder and soft snow ski. Very predictable in just about every condition you could encounter on a big mountain and that great refined Kastle feel. Fair bit in common with the BMX 108 in terms of feel but quicker feel to them due to the tail rocker and tighter radius sidecut. Great stability and only got better as I opened them up. Fantastic in soft groomers and crud just eating snow piles and chop for breakfast. I had to be a bit careful with  my weight due to the short length and deep snow (untracked areas were 40-50cm deep) but the flex and balance seems about perfect. I had a blast skiing these in the trees where the tail rocker and quickness really shined.

 

I must have really liked them since I had a BMX108 in 188, my favourite ski in this width in my car and chose to stick with the West's all day. Looking at getting a pair but in a 190 : )

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Had both the James and West in my hand and found them to be of amazing build quality and pretty stiff under foot and flexy towards the ends. The color of the James is somewhat sub-optimal (orange and pink made my eyes bleed). Both felt really light and I am looking forward to try the James in the open.

 

wonder what binding would suit such a light ski. I tought about the Tyrolia/Head 15 or the Rossi 140 FKS, but both bindings are around 2200 grams. Would you mount a lighter binding like the Rossi Axial 120 or Tyrolia Peak 12 on such a light ski? 

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