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Kaestle BMX108 length question...

Poll Results: I'm a 6'4", 220, advanced (pushing expert) skier. Which size Kaestle BMX 108's should I get?

 
  • 50% (1)
    188
  • 50% (1)
    195
2 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I really want to get the Kaestle BMX 108 skis! What I can't decide on is the size. I'm pretty big, 6'4" 220, advanced skier with solid technique (not pro level by any means). Since I'd like to take advantage of the off-season pricing and I don't live near a place that demos Kaestle's, demoing's out of the question (I know, not the best way to purchase). Typically, I prefer skis 190+, but I've heard the 195 for this ski is strictly the pro model and that the 188 skis bigger because of longer effective edge than most 188's.. So I guess I'm asking anyone with any knowledge about the ski, what do you think? Should I go 195 or the 188? Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 14

Have you tried the Kastle Product Finder to see what they suggest?

 

http://www.kaestle-ski.com/en/product-finder/

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

My only issue with the ski finder is that it goes from Intermediate to Expert.  While I am definitely far above intermediate, I'm not sure how strong they mean for expert.  Does expert mean pro level? Or just that one can ski the whole mountain effectively including BC?  

 

However, the ski finder did suggest these lengths for the BMX 108:  Intermediate - 188, Expert - 195.

post #4 of 14

Where are you skiing it? The 188 is pretty easy, I'm not sure the 195 would be a big stretch for someone your size.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

I'd be using them in Tahoe, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Washington mainly...

post #6 of 14

There's a good review of the 188's on Blister. I personally have the 178s and I feel they ski long. You're a much bigger guy than me, so I imagine the 188s would fit the bill. The 195s may be overwhelming... not much side cut to these beasts. While the 178s are pretty lively and turny, everything I've read about the 188s is the opposite. Add even more length, and I can't imagine you'd have a ski that was all that good for anything but bombing crud or light pow.

post #7 of 14
I'm 205, 6'4" and demoed the bmx108 in 188cm and it felt like a bigger, more demanding ski than my 191 Katana's. I think it may have been due to wet snow in whistler combined with the camber and big turn radius vs. the kataka with a touch of rocker. At 220, I think you would need to bring your A game 100% of the time with the 195s whereas the 188 would be a more fun and versatile ski while still being super solid if you opened it up...
post #8 of 14

Yep the 188 BMX108 is a lot of ski. I'm, 6' @ 190-200lbs and need a lot of realestate to ski mine.

post #9 of 14

It must depend on how you ski it, I found the BMX108 to be very nimble in the 188 length, the caveat being that you have to steer it all of the time. If you want to just tip and turn, get a different ski.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

I appreciate all the responses, this is the kind of info I'm looking for.

 

The other thing about the 195 size, I watched a video from the president of Kaestle describing the BMX 108, is he said the 195 is actually stiffer than the other sizes, which I assume will make it ski a little differently than say the 188 other than just the length alone.

 

Would love to hear from someone who has skied both sizes, if possible.

 

Right now, I'm leaning toward the 188.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

It must depend on how you ski it, I found the BMX108 to be very nimble in the 188 length, the caveat being that you have to steer it all of the time. If you want to just tip and turn, get a different ski.

 

Nimble off piste and easy to pivot, but heading down Sheridan Headwall on the way to chair 5 at Telluride I put in about 2.5 turns.  It was a handful in Little Rose where it tighens ups.

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Alright, I appreciate everyone's input... I decided to go with the 188's. While I like longer skis and I wanted a ski where I was drcing it hard the whole time, I didn't want to risk being overwhelmed by the ski and hating it. At the very least, the 188 will be enjoyable and if I decide I can handle the 195 I can always get them down the line.

On a side note, The Clymb has the brand new BMX 108 for $599 which is is by far the best deal I've seen for them. They also have a bunch of other Kaestle skis for as much as 50% off, including the 128 and 118.

Thanks everyone!
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by GoodGod View Post

Alright, I appreciate everyone's input... I decided to go with the 188's. While I like longer skis and I wanted a ski where I was drcing it hard the whole time, I didn't want to risk being overwhelmed by the ski and hating it. At the very least, the 188 will be enjoyable and if I decide I can handle the 195 I can always get them down the line.

On a side note, The Clymb has the brand new BMX 108 for $599 which is is by far the best deal I've seen for them. They also have a bunch of other Kaestle skis for as much as 50% off, including the 128 and 118.

Thanks everyone!

Good stuff. You'll definitely enjoy this beast of a ski.

 

FWIW, for Canadians, MEC has the 108s, 118s, and 128s on for $550 with free shipping. Now that is a great deal. (link: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Snowsports/BackcountrySkiing/Skis.jsp)

post #14 of 14
Go with the 188 if you find yourself in the trees a lot.
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