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Kästle FX95 HP

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Kästle FX95 HP all-mountain ski test 2017

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 157, 165, 173, 181, 189
Sidecut (mm): 126-95-115
Radius (m): 14, 16, 18, 20, 22


Characteristics:

Terrain: 50% piste - 50% off-piste
Discipline: all-mountain
Skier level: intermediate - expert
Stability: good
Edge grip: good
Floatation: above average
Profile: low camber underfoot, moderate rocker tip and tail

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All-mountain ski Kästle FX95 HP 2018

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Craig's review: Advanced all-mountain skier


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Craig's rating of this ski:

4 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"All-mountain skis will be my choice when conditions vary from firm to 6" of fresh snow. Better edge hold and carving capabilities should be expected compared to my powder skis. They should be competent in crud and soft bumps."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs

 


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Initial impression


The HP in this Kästle FX95 ski indicates two layers of titanal in this skis layup. Even with the metal, and Tyrolia demo bindings (which are slightly heavier, and increase damping, and stiffness in the ski), the weight of this 181cm (2140g per ski) ski is still only moderate, and lighter than most metal laminate skis in this 95-105 underfoot category. I would also rate the damping of the FX95 HP as moderate, and the stiffness as moderate. The 181cm length, skis on the short side, based on my profile.

Groomers

This demo had a fresh tune, and I rated the edge hold as good. The FX95 HP makes very nice carving turns (particularly medium radius turns), but does require more careful edge engagement, and will easily chatter when the ski is pushed passed its 20m turn radius at speed on firm conditions. This is not unusually for a ski with fresh edges, but lacks the superior edge engagement of the Kästle BMX105 HP that I recently reviewed, which also "by the way" has great edge hold, and is a great carver. I rated the damping qualities of the FX95 HP as good, but there are damper two layer titanal skis out there, and this does take a bit away from this skis stability at speed in this length, but generally, cuts through piles, and crud, with ease.

Bumps

In this 181cm length, this ski is very quick and flickable in the bumps, and performs well as long as a weight forward to centered stance is maintained. The FX95 HP sweet spot does not include a weight back position through the bumps. As mentioned above, damping is adequate, and diving the tips into a semi-firm bump with 1-2 inches on the face was comfortable. I would rate its bump capabilities on the higher side of good.

Powder

I had some blown in snow, 6 inches or so in spots. The Kästle FX95 HP felt great, and floaty, in powder for this width underfoot, and stable. Actually surprised me for this width ski!

Tech

- Edge angles: 1 degree bottom 2 degree side, with slight detuning of tip and tail.
- Mount: standard, traditional.
- Bindings: Tyrolia adjustable (toe and heel).
- Stiffness: moderate.
- Length: buy this ski longer vs shorter in this 95 underfoot category. 181cm felt slightly short based on my profile, 184cm probably ideal.

Who is this ski for

- If your in the approximate 160-185 lb category and want a quick turning ski you can take anywhere on the mountain in probably 8 inches or less, check out the 181cm length.
- If you generally prefer on-piste or smoother terrain, and don't mind more work in the bumps, check out the Kastle BMX 105HP.
- If you have blue or black pants or coat in your ski wardrobe that match these skis, otherwise the skis color and graphics lack excitement.

Kästle about the FX95 HP

"Whether it's on-slope, variable terrain or powder, the FX95 HP is the master thanks to DUALRISE technology and two layers Titanal that provide extra grip and stability. The FX95 HP delivers agility in the sidecountry while still providing confidence for long, smooth, on-piste turns. A ski that can withstand all conditions—from mid-winter powder to April corn.", says Kästle.

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