Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"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."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
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.
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.
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.
-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.