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Kästle BMX105 HP

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Kästle BMX105 HP 2016 ski test

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 173, 181, 189
Sidecut (mm): 134-105-123
Radius (m): 19, 21, 23


Characteristics:

Terrain: 50% piste - 50% off piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability: very good
Edge grip: excellent
Floatation: average for width
Profile: tip rocker-low camber underfoot-tail rocker

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Freeride ski Kästle BMX105 HP 2018

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Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier


Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

5 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."

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

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Blizzard BonafideFreeride ski Blizzard Bonafide 2017

 

2. Kästle BMX105
Freeride ski Kästle BMX105

 

3. Liberty Genome
Freeride ski Liberty Genome 2015

 

To all my reviews

 

Superb on groomed terrain and good off-piste


I did a quick demo of the BMX 105HP at the SIA in generally soft conditions, and I rated this as one of the to picks in this approximate 100mm underfoot skis. I now have had the opportunity to spend more time on this 181cm length ski, in firmer, chalky, but still nice Colorado conditions. This is a limited production ski "somewhat exclusive" that often sells out early in the season, comes with a high price, and would be a great addition to my quiver.

Groomers

The Kästle BMX 105 HP excels on groomers, with its excellent edge hold, great carving, "very" smooth edge engagement, stiffer flex, heavier weight, and moderate dampening qualities. Probably, one of the best skis in this width, on groomed terrain, that I have ridden. This ski is very fast, and does prefer higher edge angles. Feels like a longer turn radius, than it's rated 21m.

Bumps & off-piste

The Kästle BMX 105 HP is ok in bumps, but the addition of two layers of titanal, compared to the Kästle BMX 105, add weight, stiffness, but "surprisingly" little additional damping to this ski. As stiffness increases, so must damping, and the increase in damping does not quite keep up with the stiff flex of the BMX 105 HP, and hinders (even though I would still rate it as good) its performance in off-piste, and bump conditions, compared to the softer BMX 105. This ski, like the BMX 105, favors a more forward stance. The HP I was on, did appear to be new. More aggressive detuning of the tail of this ski would help release its impressive edge, and would benefit its bump, and off-piste performance. I believe this is a ski that should age well, as it "breaks in" and loses some of its strong new edge, not to mention its attractive and durable top sheet, that is very resistant to chipping.

Powder

For my local Vail Colorado area, this would be my firm snow ski, to replace my now aging Blizzard Bonafide, and it would do a fine job at this task. The 105HP does transition smoothly in and out of powder stashes with excellent stability, but this skis stiffer flex, keeps its flotation in pow to average for this width, compared to the superior float of the softer flexing 105 with the same dimensions.

Ski Tech

-Tyrolia demo bindings, mounted standard. These demo bindings add weight, stiffness, and dampness to a ski, due to their metal plates under the toe and heel.
- binding set at standard mount.
- The BMX 105 HP has two layers of Titanal with a silver fir wood core.
- Moderately stiff in flex
- Good dampening qualities
- Tail notch for climbing skins
- Moderately heavy in weight for this size (2270 g/ski).....feels even heavier.
- Recommended edge angles: 1 degree bottom, 2 degree side
- Buy this ski shorter vs longer based on my profile
- Kastle typically has two year runs on their designs, and this ski returns unchanged for next year. Might as well get yours now, before they sell out!

Who is this ski for

- If you want a ski that excels on-piste and is still good off-piste.
- If light weight is not one if your high priorities.
- If you like a fast ski, with excellent edge grip, and "smooth" edge engagement creating wonderful carve turns.
- If you are a higher energy, advanced-expert skier, with a few dollars in your pocket.

Kästle about the BMX105 HP

"Outstanding handling in powder and confidence in variable snow, the BMX105HP transitions seamlessly from the deepest days to mid-season dry spells. The combination of reduced weight with a broader waist guarantee optimum float in powder and quick response in mixed conditions", says Kästle.

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Comments  
# Clinton Abbate 2016-08-26 03:26
Have an undrilled '14 Katana V Werks in a 177. Am not sold on the length but am Leary to jump up to the 184 (I like a shorter ski). The 181 appeals to me and curious how the two compare? I prefer to be in the bowls but reality of my last few trips west tell me I have to be prepared for significant hard pack time as well.
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# Craig 2016-08-26 14:10
Hello Clinton, I have not skied the 14 Katana, I have skied their new Confession, which is a directional charger, in a 186cm (size correct for me). The Kastle BMX 105HP 181cm is a stiff ski, and on the heavy side. It is a bit of work in the bumps because of this, but is just superb on piste. The best carving ski in this width that I have ridden, and stable (size correct for me). I personally purchased the Kastle BMX 105 181cm because I primarily ski off-piste and bumps. The softer 105 is better in bumps, superb in powder (best I have ridden in any similar width) and still a great carver on piste. It does ski a bit shorter than the HP. Perhaps the 105 would be a good compromise for you? Craig
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