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post #31 of 52
I inherited a pair of silver Kestle (I think RX) from my dad. They are 1988 Austrian Olympic Team GS skies.
post #32 of 52
My Kästle SGs Rock (they're white at the front atomicman)!

I took them out today, and had a blast. It was only a small hill ( http://www.talisman.ca/ ), but I was able to give them a little bit of speed - fast enough to use a satisfying amount of leg strength in the compressions, and to get the occasional air over rises. It took me a run or two to get back the feel for the edges after my experimenting with the yardsale RC4s and being spoiled by the easy-carving oversize skis. I almost carved a tighter arc with the inside ski than the outside ski once or twice, but I soon found the old groove.

My Super Good skis are so much sweeter than the antique RC4s I tried out yesterday. I thought the slalom skis would be better in short turns. Not so - they must have been from the j-turn phase of slalom racing, the only advantage the RC4s had over the SGs is they have a lower mass for quickly pivoting.

Since nobody seems interested in 20 year old skis, I won't be putting a review in the gear review section for my Kästles, but I have to tell you these skis carve sweet high-speed turns, and handle the those frozen little balls of snow and corduroy-patterned ice left over from the grooming machine extremely well. These skis are just unflappable. If you see some at a yard sale and they still have some spring in them pick them up!

I think I must have taken better care of my 490s as well; they didn't let go once (though I gave them no call to). I did go over a few rough patches at speed (faster speed and bump combo than the bumps that shook the RC4s off my feet at the same DIN). I'm keeping them as my go-fast pair; they have a lot of life left in them yet.

They didn't have any sizable bumps at Talisman, so I didn't even notice their lack of suitablility for moguls.

Edit: The SGs also scarve perfect stop-curves to the lift line.
post #33 of 52

I remember    KASTLE  skis (not Kestle).  They made some nice boards.  Good Austrian Brand.  I owned a few pair.  Not as fine as my Rosignol Stratos, but good.

 

post #34 of 52

I had a few pair of Kastle skis.  Back from around 1986 -1990.   I loved them.  I had a pair of RX? that were white with Red and Blue writing.  I loved them, probably my most memorable ski to date.  I skied them into the ground and they eventually delaminated ( damn moguls).  They warranteed them years later and sent me a pair of SX - which pretty much were like skiing on a wet noodle.

 

I have been skiing on Volkls and just bought a pair of Unlimited AC50's.  I would have considered the new Kastles but at 1450.00 list I went for the Volkls.

post #35 of 52

Welcome to Epicski; generally, unless there is a compelling reason to do so, resurrecting ancient threads is not appreciated. In any event, the Kastle brand has now been resurrected.

post #36 of 52

At least once each season, I take my orange 203 Kastle National Team RX15 SG race skis for a few runs.  Besides name and color, I'm not sure if there is anything different than Ghost's skis.  But they still rock!

 

Dennis

post #37 of 52

But there is a reason to revive this thread!  We need pictures!

 

 

Oh, and they work pretty well at 0.5 base, 2 side.  Need a little speed, not the best in moguls (but I suck at moguls), but really feel good at 50 mph+.   Back when I was a svelte 145 lbs, I found the one size down (205?) a little unstable at ludricous speeds, but I never found a speed limit for these.

post #38 of 52

Looks to me like Kastle is still around...

 

http://www.kaestle-ski.com/Home.91.1.html

 

 

post #39 of 52
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Originally Posted by Strolz_Boot_Guy View Post

Looks to me like Kastle is still around...

 

http://www.kaestle-ski.com/Home.91.1.html

 

 

 

There have been numerous attempts to revive the name,   Most were missing something.  The latest attempt according to most official reviews seems to have the quality right and the performance correct, but  they are recreational skis after all. I haven't seen anyone compare to old Kästle racing performance at SG/DH speeds.

post #40 of 52

The new Kastles do ski, oh so sweet.  [Ferris Bueller voice] If you have the means, I highly recommend them ...[/Ferris Bueller voice]

post #41 of 52

My buddy bought a pair of the Kastle 88's after a day demo out at Vail. Got a decent deal with the Marker Jester binding (the white one) for $1,050. new. I didn't get to make any runs on them due to boot size difference. I like the "clean" looks of this ski.

post #42 of 52

Sure do, they were wicked sharp.

post #43 of 52

New Kastle 78 - nice ski. Not for mach schnelling though, the tips will flop but they are beefy underfoot. Skis short.  If you like 170's, get 176 not 168.

post #44 of 52

From what I've heard, unclear why most here are talking about Nordies rather than the "new" white Kastle's (made in Head factory), that Phil mentions. They are actually more like the old ones, from construction down to the cutout tips, than the Italianate Nordicas. Never skied the classic ones, but when I've mounted my new 88's, I'll report back on the comparison to current Nordies.  As far as Kneisels, I remember the old White Star and Red Star as being 2x4's, mainly suitable for guys named Henrich with thighs bigger than my chest. But that was in the early 60's; new ones are supposedly nice.  

post #45 of 52

I raced on Kastle RX National Teams and they are by far the greatest ski ever made.  They had no speed limit.  Like driving a lotus, when you stomped on them they jumped.  Alot of people will argue with me but they did not finish first so I guess they were wrong.  I have never been on a pair of skis like them since.  I had a half dozen pairs and am now down to my last pair.  They are retired and I built a display with them in the center.   

post #46 of 52
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I raced on Kastle RX National Teams and they are by far the greatest ski ever made.  They had no speed limit.  Like driving a lotus, when you stomped on them they jumped.  Alot of people will argue with me but they did not finish first so I guess they were wrong.  I have never been on a pair of skis like them since.  I had a half dozen pairs and am now down to my last pair.  They are retired and I built a display with them in the center.   

LOL, great line. 

 

Welcome to Epic, Please expand on your findings and lets hear about your ski background and experiences.. 

post #47 of 52

Tecnica owns Nordica and Blizzard ski brands as well as Tecnica, Nordica, Dolomite, Lowa boots and other sports brands.

 

http://www.tecnicagroup.com/

post #48 of 52

First post, and I hope you guys don't mind me reviving this thread but I not only remember Kästle skis, I still ski on them - and I'm not talking modern carving skis!

 

I've had my SX450 180s since about 1987 and I still ski them today. They're lovely and stiff, with superb edges. Unfortunately after a couple of years of near constant use on dry slopes training and racing they have damage to the laminate top layer, but the bases are in near perfect condition. I've only just got back into skiing in the last 6 months on my nearest indoor snow slope after about 16 years off, but after a couple of runs down the slope I was back to my former self. I've had a couple of people tell me that I should think about getting some carving skis, rather than still skiing on straight skis, and I did demo a pair of Völkl Attivia Sols but I'm not convinced - sure they made turns easier, they weren't as punishing on my knees, but call me strange, I enjoy a challenging session on the slope. I enjoy having to really think about what I'm doing, concentrating on nothing but the skiing. Somehow the easier skiing took the fun out of it for me - and according to my OH I look and ski better on straights. On straight skis, with rear-entry Raichle RX670 boots (all late 80s/early 90s kit!) I skiied most of the other skiers off the slopes, so they can't be that bad! Actually had one guy say he couldn't believe it was my first couple of hours on the slope after so long, as I was skiing with such confidence, speed and skill! Much as I'd love to try some new Kästle MX78s they don't seem to be available in the UK, and certainly aren't stocked by the store at my nearest slope. Ironically, while I notice that everyone seems to ski on short skis, the recommendation for my style, height and weight, from Kästle is 176s, so not much less than my straights!

 

Anyway, thought I'd post some pics of my skis - my complete kit is Kästle SX450 with Salomon 557 Sport bindings, Raichle RX670 boots and Kästle Kerma poles (the newest items as I had a fall on my last hol in '95, completely broke one of my poles and had to replace them at the resort!), I guess you could call me a retro skier!

 

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post #49 of 52

I love the Kastle bag!  Someone has taken very good care of their gear, eh?  Nice job!

post #50 of 52

i have a pair of cpm special....i live in Massachusetts thou....  

post #51 of 52
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Originally Posted by Darryl Libby View Post
 

i have a pair of cpm special....i live in Massachusetts thou....  

 

 

This makes perfectly good sense.  How about To Be or Not to Be, That Is the Celery Stalk.  Even better.  

post #52 of 52

Kastle was the last great racing ski of the wooden ski era.  When I was in college, I envied my friends who could afford Kastle's.  Toni Sailer won three gold medals at the Cortina Olympics (There was no  super G at the time).  When Buddy Werner became the first American to win the Hahnenkamm Downhill in 1959, I believe he was racing on Kastle.  Andrea Mead Lawrence won her two gold medals at the 1952 Olympics on Kastle.  The list goes on and on.  For a while Kastle and Kneissl were about equal in racing success but Kastle surged ahead.  When wooden skis were abandoned in favor of metal and composite, Kneissl had great success with the white star, red star and white star skis.  Kastle was no longer in the mix.

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