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Review '16/'17 Kastle BMX105 - 189cm

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Demo'd these skis at Crystal Mtn. WA at the Sturtevant's demo day. Sunny day with packed powder and groomers that softened as the day progressed.

 

Me: 6'0" @172lbs.

​Current skis: Rossi S3 - 186cm & Fischer Bix Stix - 186cm.

 

I've never skied the Kastle skis before, so I was interested to finally pop the cherry on the BMX105's. They come in 173, 181, & 189. I thought the 181's would be too short and the 189 too long but the rep said that they ski a bit short, so if I'm used to a 186 length ski, he thought I'd be fine on the 189's. Turns out it is an easy ski to ski. Despite the two sheets of metal, the ski does not feel heavy. They have the light weight tip, so they do initiate the turn effortlessly. The 189 has a stated turn radius of 23m. That felt just about right.

 

I skied these in Green Valley, and hiked up North Face to drop in on about 6 turns of uncut powder. The tips actually plane up with not too much speed, which was a nice surprise. Coming down Grubstake, with the snow not quite softened by the sun, they sliced right through the crud. These skis like to go fast, but do not protest when you want to slow things down. 

 

On the groomers, the ski carves a nice arc. Very easy to bring around and carve trenches. Damp, and fairly stable. Just a bit of tip vibration when you really get these maching but never felt like they were unstable.

 

The length never felt unwieldy, and I never felt like I couldn't break them out of a carve, if I needed to just put on the brakes and scrub some speed.  Overall this skis were the perfect tool for the days conditions.

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^ you were on the HP's? I skied the 189 105's (nonmetal) in JH and felt the same except I was looking for my 104's once the boot-top powder got blasted. Want to try the 105hp's
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To be honest, I don't recall. The rep said the ski had two sheets of metal in them when he was setting them up for me. I did notice that there were the HP's and non-HP Kastle BMX's in the rack but never paid attention to what was under foot. I just assumed I was on the HP. I would add, that in a 185-186 size, it would be right up my alley. I've been impressed with what's out there in the 100mm-108mm width these days though.

post #4 of 6
My favorite ski tech was a huge fan of the Fx104.
I skied with him early December and he just raved about the 189 BMX105 HP.
Next day he broke both legs, six weeks non-weight bearing.
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The only ski that really made me focus was the BMX 105's. Only time I got pushed in the back seat. I had just come off the Rossi Soul7HD.

 

I guess it was like hopping out of a 4 door sedan, and hopping into a 2 door sport coupe! The Kastle Ski tech said he got "stuck" with the BMX 105's while at Deer Valley, and he never regretted them or wished he had been on anything else. I just wish the sizing was  a few cm's shorter. But the 189's were not at all work, or too demanding.

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Originally Posted by Toadman View Post

The only ski that really made me focus was the BMX 105's. Only time I got pushed in the back seat. I had just come off the Rossi Soul7HD.

I guess it was like hopping out of a 4 door sedan, and hopping into a 2 door sport coupe! The Kastle Ski tech said he got "stuck" with the BMX 105's while at Deer Valley, and he never regretted them or wished he had been on anything else. I just wish the sizing was  a few cm's shorter. But the 189's were not at all work, or too demanding.

If you get a chance try the 181 HP by comparison you'll be surprised at how stable and easy is is. I own abmx 115 in 193 and MX83 in 183 so I was totally expecting to find it too short but was blown away first by how unbelievably quick they are for a 105 then by the edge angles I was generating then at how solid they were at speed.
This ski deserves the praise its been getting no question. Didn't get to try the non hp but a few folks demoing both were preferring it saying even smoother and more energetic.
I also felt the same about the new FX95 in terms of lenght I could easily ski the 181 in an hp.
For reference I am 6'1" 185 level 8
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