Kastle updated the Fx 94 for the 2016 season. It is now the Kastle Fx 95. The Kastle Fx 95 comes in two different versions; the Fx 95 HP and Fx 95. The Kastle Fx 95 HP is the version that is most similar to the old Fx 94. It still has the same shape and overall design (including two sheets of titanal), but comes in a slightly longer ski. The Fx 95 is a non-metal version of the Fx 95 HP (and Fx 94). We had a chance to test out the Fx 95 HP this past season, and found that it’s still very similar in performance to the Fx94 and that the review from last season still holds pretty well. Like the old Kastle Fx 94, the Fx 95 HP is an all-mountain frontside charger. It’s sometimes hard to find a mid-fat (95mm) waist ski that can rail the groomers like a frontside ski, but the Fx 95 HP breaks that mold. It has a small amount of rocker (typical of wider all mountain skis) in the tip to ease turn initiation and increase float, but the real story of the Kastle Fx 95 HP is the stability, power, and dampness that come from a significant amount of camber, two titanal metal laminates, and Hollowtech tips. This is a ski that is meant to speed down the frontside, but has the versatility and ability to charge the rest of the mountain, even when the conditions are less than ideal. The extra length of the new Fx 95 HP does seem to give just a bit more stability at speed.
2016 Kaslte Fx 95 HP On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Roughed up Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Kastle K13 Attack (Tyrolia AAAttack 13)
On the Snow Feel: The Kastle Fx 95 HP provides a stable ride in a large variety of terrain. When you get the ski on edge, good technical skiers will also be treated to a locked in feeling that will make you want to carve all over the mountain.
Powder: The Kastle Fx 95 HP has a relatively stiff construction and only a small amount of rocker in the tip. While this will help to increase float a bit, it won’t have as good of float as a softer flexing fully reverse camber ski in the same width. And at 95mm underfoot, it’s already on the smaller side of width for riding in the powder. That’s not to say the Fx 95 can’t ride in powder, but there are definitely better skis out there for when the snow really starts to fall heavy.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Kastle Fx 95 HP is not a forgiving ski, and does take some speed, and effort, to get the ski on edge. The early rise rocker and Hollowtech tip help to ease this a bit, and they do make the ski easy to swing in the moguls, trees, or steeps. But the side-cut is much more traditional, and when combined with a lot of torsional stiffness, the ski that takes quite a bit of effort to get it on edge. Once there you’ll see the Fx for what it really is…a stable and powerful ski that really likes to carve down the mountain. The traditional one radius side-cut allows you to vary your turn shape, but the Fx was most locked in when skiing fast medium to large radius turns. The Fx is powerful, and although it does take some decent speed and hard driving, the ski rebounds well, and good skiers will love the liveliness and quickness from edge to edge. This feels like a much more traditional ski when carving the front-side, and if you’re looking for a stable, predictable, and solid ride, the Kastle Fx 95 HP is a great choice.
Speed: Fast! That is how the Kastle Fx 95 HP is best skied. It has a solid wood core with two sheets of titanal for dampening. The traditional camber underfoot and torsional stiffness adds a lot of power and edge hold, giving you the confidence to rail any terrain at high speed. The Hollowtech tip is light-weight, but with less material up front, the ski is less prone to chatter and even at high speeds the tips remained very quiet.
Uneven Terrain: Most of the time we spent on the Kastle Fx 95 HP was on roughed up groomers with 5” of soft snow skied into random piles. In these conditions the Fx 95 was fantastic. It’s damp, stiff, and powerful, allowing you to ski fast through the crud and keep from bouncing all over the place. The small amount of rocker is just enough to keep your tips up and the stiffness of the skis does a great job blasting through the softer crud. As the snow firms up the ski was a bit more likely to get bounced around, but I found it I took a bases flat and dynamic approach to this terrain, the Fx 95 HP would absorb the terrain pretty well. It does have a bit of a speed limit in the hard crud, but overall performed really well.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was really good on the Kastle Fx 95 HP. It has a very traditional side-cut that provides a long effective edge. Add in a significant amount of camber underfoot, and you have a ski that can rail on anything from soft snow to hard pack. The tail of the ski is also very stiff, but it is slightly upturned to help you release turns when needed, and I found I could turn the ski sideways pretty easily when I needed to slow down or scrub speed. You’re not necessarily going to be skidding a lot of turns though so stay on your game and keep riding with any aggressive forward stance.
The Kastle Fx 95 HP is a great all-mountain ski. It feels much more traditional with its power and edge hold, but it also has good crud busting capabilities and high speed dampness. It has just enough rocker in the tip to keep the ski maneuverable and easy to swing, but don’t expect this ski to be playful. The Fx also gives up a little bit of float for on piste performance, but is still capable and fun in the deeper snow. This is a great ski for those who love to rip high speed carves on the frontside, but want the versatility of a mid-fat ski for when conditions get a bit roughed up or deeper. Those who like a little versatility in their ski should definitely check out the Kastle Fx 95 HP.For those who want the same skiing performance as the Kastle Fx95 HP in a more forgiving package should check out the Fx 95. It’s just as versatile, but slightly less of a charger, and more forgiving, while still being very versatile and easy to ski.