Kastle XX110 West (2013)

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Rating: 3.19 / 5
Price: $899.00
Year: 2013
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 110
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-110-134
Lengths: 170, 180, 190

Stability at speed: 2.96 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.94 / 5
Crud performance: 2.86 / 5
Flotation: 3.13 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.24 / 5
Overall: 3.19 / 5

The XX 110 West is designed to be the one-ski quiver for Western skiers (so the name works out nicely) but could also be an Eastern new-schoolers powder-day ski. For a loose, floaty ride in soft snow and powder, it features a slightly tapered tip shape and has as much rocker as any KastleÑ200 mm high, starting 400 mm back from the tip. KastleÕs new XX series of twintips is built around park-and-pipe athlete Colby James West, who participated in its design. It represents KastleÕs first real foray into the new-school world. There are three models--called Colby, James, and West--with waist widths of 80, 90 and 110. TheyÕre all wood-core, metal-free, vertical-sidewall laminate constructions. All have symmetrical sidecut and are center-mount-ready. Both tips on all Colby James West skis feature Hollowtech technology, which 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 thereÕs 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.