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Volkl Bridge vs Kastle BMX 98 vs Line P-98

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Looking for my Western One Ski Quiver !

 

Advanced Intermediate..5'11" 180lbs .Back Seat Driver at times...but solid skier..no park and pipe...do enjoy gs turns on groomers at times....but also will be in back bowls and varied terrain (no trees or park)

Looking for the versatile do it all ski...stiff but flexible....good on groomers but good for POW...stable and damp..yet lively with pop..easy to handle yet will handle anything....I realize all the contradictions and how impossible it is to have everything in one ski...THAT BEING SAID...I have identified the three skis in the title and any feedback would be appreciated !  

Thx in advance and sorry for the redundancy of the thread

post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by IanSki View Post
stiff but flexible....good on groomers but good for POW...stable and damp..yet lively with pop..easy to handle yet will handle anything....I realize all the contradictions and how impossible it is to have everything in one ski...

Uh, if you realize the contradictions, why pose the question with these wants? Life is about choices. So make a priority list. These are three good skis, you might ask why you chose them, what each of them brings to your table.

 

Anyway, I own one (BMX98), have skied another some (Bridge), have not tried the Line. All I can say is that if you are backseat sometimes then cross the Kastle off your list. If you want GS turns on groomers, the Bridge and Line are gonna feel too vague with all that rocker. Won't even try to figure out what "stable and damp yet lively with pop" would work out as, but your list is already down to zero, so no worries...

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

hey..thx for the help big giuy

post #4 of 10

Streamline your preferences and maybe you'll get some advice.

post #5 of 10
Areed, please tell us what you actually prefer. I've only skied the bridge, so I'll tell you what I think of it with regards to your list of adjectives.

Im 175m, 70kg (think thats 165lbs?), and I mainly ski off piste terrain in the Alps. For me the bridge at 179cm is able to handle most depths of powder just fine and is a lot of fun to ski, though its not going to be great for really wide powder turns.

Ive not skied it much on freshly groomed runs, but my experience was very pleseant, and it is perfectly capable of carving GS sized turns.
My problems with the bridge come with severly tracked, deep powder, where Ive always felt like the ski gets knocked around too much, which Id put down to the fact that it is quite soft.
Likewise, cut up, scraped to s**t groomers that have started to feature irregular bumps and some ice etc. arent much fun either, Ive found the ski to be a lot of work in these conditions as its a bit of a struggle to make full use of the edge at reasonably low speeds dictated by bumps. They wont feel stable on this type of snow.
The problem with the cut up groomers Id put down to two things, my fatigue (generally only end up on these after a full day of powder, hiking etc.), and the fact that you cant expect great performance of a ski in this width on poor piste conditions.

The bridge certainly *is* very playful
(excellent tree ski), has great manouverability (full rocker does make things easier), but like Ive said, it does have stability issues with the more extreme ends of cut up groomers and very tracked out deep powder. All other forms of crud it performs really well in.

Lukas
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

I suppose I am looking for a comparison of the Kastle BMX 98 vs the Volkl Bridge.

Which is stiffer, has more energy, which is more forgiving.

Which is better for pow and which is better for groomers.

 

I don't ski trees or parks

 

thx

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by IanSki View Post

I suppose I am looking for a comparison of the Kastle BMX 98 vs the Volkl Bridge.

Which is stiffer, has more energy, which is more forgiving.

Which is better for pow and which is better for groomers.

 

I don't ski trees or parks

 

thx

 

Budget may decide that one for you.

post #8 of 10
From what I can tell from the BMX98 reviews Ive read, it sounds stiffer than the Bridge. The bridge, being A) fully rockered and B) softer, will be more forgiving and more playful, and will also be better at powder. That being said, the BMX is certainly going to be better and more stable on piste.

Besides budget, whether you want a traditionally cambered ski or something completely rockered would be something to think about.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

TY !

After 35 yrs of skiing, I have never been on a fully rockered ski.  Not sure if it is time to give it a shot or better off not teaching the old dog any new tricks !

post #10 of 10

Have skied recently the Volkl Mantra and the Kastle BMX98 and the latter for an all round ski would get my vote and can't recommend it strongly enough as the Kastle really does do what it says on the tin - really good in all mountain conditions. The Mantra on the other hand was great in powder and on piste, but just too stiff in the bumps. If you would like the full run down on my thoughts on the BMX98 you can find my full review at: 

 

http://www.climbingmontblanc.co.uk/2013/02/kastle-bmx98-ski-review/ 

 

Hope you find it useful.

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