Kastle BMX118 (2013)

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Rating: 3.88 / 5
Price: $1149.00
Year: 2013
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 118
Tip/Tail/Waist: 139-118-128
Lengths: 168, 183

Stability at speed: 4.30 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.84 / 5
Crud performance: 4.14 / 5
Flotation: 4.28 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.16 / 5
Overall: 3.88 / 5

The BMX 118 is a powder specialist for "real skiers" (as opposed to Kastle superathlete Hugo Harrison; see BMX 128). It's wide enough for the deepest powder--a suitable heli skiing width--with pronounced forebody rocker that rises to 190 mm high, starting 380 mm back from tip, with low camber underfoot. It comes in just two lengths, basically a men's (183 cm) and a women's (163), with a long but not crazy-long (see BMX 128) radius. Kastle's BMX line is a broad collection of tip-rockered freeride skis ranging in width from 78 to 128 mm. All are vertical-sidewall, wood-core constructions, but none have metal (in order to save weight and keep the widest skis manageable). The amount of rocker varies from model to model, increasing as the skis get wider. The BMX's Hook Free tail is rounded and slightly raised for easy release at the end of each turn. Dual Radius incorporates a larger radius in the forebody, so the BMX won't feel "hooky" in deep snow at speed. The Hollowtech tip is a Kastle signature: All but a thin translucent layer of glass is removed from an egg-shaped section of the tip. This reduces swing weight, and because there's less mass, tip vibration is reduced, both in amplitude and duration, so the ski is quieter on the snow and the edges are locked into the snow sooner and longer. Kastle this year increased the size of the Hollowtech oval and says it now cuts up to 15 percent from the weight of the shovel.