Kastle BMX78 (2013)

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Price: $799.00
Year: 2013
Level: 1
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 78
Tip/Tail/Waist: 117-78-104
Lengths: 158, 168, 178, 188

The 78 isn't a big seller in the U.S.--more of a token offering to the still fat-ski-averse European market. With minimal tip rocker and a 78 mm waist, it's really more of a frontside than a freeride ski. Otherwise, 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 tip 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.