Originally Posted by lakespapa
Man, this is temptation. What do I need a 104 for? And where did I put that Powerball ticket?
the 104 is superb in bumps, broken, leftovers, setup stuff, heavier powder. I skied it in 8" and it did just fine too. It can also hold its own on the groomed.......
heres Dawgcatching's review ( I fixed a typo)
The Kastle FX104, is arguably the best big-mountain and off-piste ski available today.
Same dimesions at the previous ski: 132/104/123, 23m in 174cm
1) added thickness of metal; 2 sheets of titanium, now at .4mm per sheet, up from .3mm per sheet
2) squared off tail, instead of the previous generation's rounded tail
3) early rise tip
The changes really brought this ski alive. Having a bit more metal in the ski enhances stability at speed and dampness: it now feels much more like an MX series at speed. The new early rise tip allows the ski to slide at the top of the turn more easily, and be less aggressive in funky snow. It also allows for a bit more predictable release. A redesigned tail is much more powerful, for a more complete turn finish. Added all together, the result is a ski that is more comfortable at higher speeds and skis with more power, yet is easier to initate at slower speeds, and is much more friendly in "challenging" snow conditions, with the tip having a less hooky characteristic. Simply an amazing ski: this is one of the only skis over 100mm you can find that will absolutely rip bumps and rail groomers. Other skis of this width are manageable in bumps and groomers: this one skis them well, arcing from turn to turn on groomers, and allowing for great pressure management in the bumps. Overall, this is a great do-it-all wider ski for the more adventerous skier looking for a refined, smooth, forgiving yet high horsepower ride.
Edited by Finndog - 9/6/15 at 7:51am