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Kästle BMX115

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Kästle BMX115 2016 ski test

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 177, 185, 193
Sidecut (mm): 141-115-130
Radius (m): 22, 24, 26


Characteristics:

Terrain: 40% piste - 60% off piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: intermediate - expert
Stability: moderate
Edge hold: very good for 185cm, average for 193cm
Floatation: good
Profile: rocker tip, low camber under foot, rocker tail

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Freeride ski Kästle BMX115 2018

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Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier


Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

4 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

 


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2. Kästle BMX105
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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.

Groomers

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.

Bumps

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.

Powder

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.

Ski Tech

- 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.

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Comments  

# CJ 2016-02-26 23:34
Nice review Craig and great to see some Kastle's being added to this sites excellent reviews.
I happen to own the BMX 115 193 and am exactly your size - go figure right!
I was torn on the size to buy as well but having read a number of reviews on the BMX 105 skiing short and knowing this was to be my powder ski I went big. Having skied them in a variety of conditions from 2 feet of dry fresh pow to firm groomers and mixed snow I can add the following comments.
Speed limit - most wont find it on the 193 it hauls and I have never skied as fast on a wide ski. The excellent maneuverability still holds true, it's remarkable quick for it's size and just does whatever you ask of it provided you a decent skier. Tracking is superb I say this in part as I dislike many rockered designs that feel vague. I agree the edge hold is very good, nice consistent flex and refined feel. My favorite powder ski to date and it's so good you don't need to wait for an epic day to reach for it.
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# Craig 2016-02-27 20:32
CJ, thanks for your comments. The BMX 115 is a impressive ski. I will try to get on the 193cm in a couple weeks, and post my results. You mentioned that you have read comments that the BMX 105 skis short. I think you meant the 115, but I will be reviewing the 105 as well, in a couple weeks. The BMX 105 HP with two layers of titanal (that I reviewed) does not ski short, and the 181cm was all I needed! They would make a nice firm snow complement to your 115..... Craig
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# Craig 2016-03-23 22:19
Hi CJ,
I have now had the opportunity to ride both sizes of the Kastle BMX 115, and have revised my review. Thanks Craig
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