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
A quick turner
I have now had the opportunity to review both the 185cm and the 193cm length in the Kästle BMX115. I originally rode the 185cm and felt it skied short at speed, and wanted to try the next length up. Conditions were soft in both trials, and I had the opportunity to ride in 1-2 feet of fresh untracked powder, as well as groomers, and soft bumps. Here are my findings.
The Kästle BMX115 is very quick turning in both sizes, with easy turn initiation, and wonderful short, medium, and long radius turns on smooth terrain, with consistent conditions. This BMX115 has no metal in its lay up, and does ski on the short side. Ideal length for my profile would probably be 188cm if it were available. The skis damping qualities are moderate with Tyrolia demo bindings. At speed, both sizes had a similar light feel in cut up terrain (even though these are not what I would consider a light ski). Edge grip was very good for the 185cm, and average for the 193cm in this BMX115 underfoot category, even though both skis had a fresh tune of 1 degree bottom, and 2 degree side angle. The 193 did appear to have more miles on it.
The BMX115 is one of the better skis (in both sizes) that I tested here in soft bumps for this approximate 115 width, with the shorter 185cm being my pick between the two, based on my profile. The 193cm however, was surprisingly quick and maneuverable for this much ski. Very quick edge to edge, with adequate damping for these soft bump conditions. I did give this 193 a proper test, on two of Vail's premier bump runs, Prima, and Highline.
I would rate the float of this ski as average for this width, and lengths. It's moderate damping provided adequate stability through cut up powder. However, neither size impressed me like the narrower, and shorter, Kästle BMX105 in a 181cm, with its large and comfortable sweet spot, that I skied the previous day in very similar 1-2 foot powder conditions.
- Tyrolia demo bindings mounted standard. Metal plates under both toe and heel add stiffness, weight, and dampening to a ski, compared to fixed bindings.
- Glass and silver fir wood layup.
- Edge angles: 1 degree bottom, 2 degree side.
- Weight: 185cm-2330g/ski blank.....193cm-2480g/ski blank.
- Error towards longer length vs shorter for the BMX115
Kästle about the BMX115
"Outstanding handling in powder and confidence at speed, the BMX115 is designed for the days skiers dream about. The combination of reduced weight with a broader waist guarantee optimum float in powder and stability when the snow changes unexpectedly. Elliptical radius, a narrower turning radius in the shovel and tail, combined with a wider turning radius throughout the meat of the ski, allows the ski to easily adapt to different snow conditions whether they’re anticipated or not. LOW CAMBER provides better response in deep powder and a harmonious flex when combined with PROGRESSIVE RISE ROCKER, enabling greater maneuverability.", says Kästle.