The Kastle BMX 105 HP is one of the most stable skis I have been on. It just has this way of making everything feel smooth. It’s a ski that eats up variable terrain. It’s a ski that loves speed. It’s a ski that loves soft snow. Yet, at the same time it’s a ski that you can still maneuver. This is the ski that I am grabbing for off piste after 10” falls overnight. It has the ability to have fun in soft snow, but when things get chopped up, you’ll have no problem speeding down the run.
Kastle BMX 105 HP Big Mountain Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
On the Snow Feel: The Kastle BMX 105 HP is one of the most stable skis I have been on. It’s a ski that is very smooth in just about any terrain. Best of all, I never felt like I had to work it hard to get it to turn.
Powder: The Kastle BMX 105 HP is definitely at home in the soft snow, but not necessarily great in deep powder. It only has a 105mm waist, so it’s not going to float as well as the BMX 115 or a similar width powder ski. However, the BMX 105 HP is capable in the powder and will offer you the versatility you need in an all-mountain ski.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Kastle BMX 105 HP is one of the smoothest skis I have ever been on so I was a little surprised when I found how easy it still felt to turn. No it’s not a super maneuverable or playful ski, but as soon as I tipped the ski on edge it would respond. I think it’s still suited to an advanced or expert skier that can drive the ski, but I felt the ski was much easier to turn than expected. Sometimes I worry that heavy and stable skis are going to feel sluggish, but the BMX 105 HP was far from it. I wouldn’t say that the ride on groomers was super snappy or exciting, but it was still a lot of fun carving long radius turns. Again, there’s no other way to describe carving on this ski than smooth. Initiation is smooth, turning is smooth, edge to edge transitions are smooth. It’s not going to shoot you from edge to edge, but it’s going to complete turns and set you up for easy transition into the next. The more you give the ski, the more you’ll get out of it, and yet I found that if I didn’t want to charge, I didn’t have to.
Speed: If the Kastle BMX 105 HP has a speed limit, we didn’t find it. This ski was so much fun at high speeds that it would be really hard to go anything but fast. It just makes everything feel so smooth. The best part is that when you do actually want to slow down and cruise around, the ski remains responsive and easy to handle.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Kastle BMX 105 HP smooths out variable terrain so well that you can barely tell when you transition from smooth terrain to chopped up terrain. This ski just eats up everything you throw in its path. As things firm up, it becomes more of a challenge to hold on, especially because this ski makes you want to go fast on any terrain. Still, it can handle the hard chop pretty well, you just may want to slow it down a bit.
Edge Hold: Kastle is known for making skis that can hold an edge, so it’s no surprise that the BMX 105 HP has some of that in its DNA. It’s still a ski that prefers the soft snow, but as things harden up, you don’t have to run back to the car to swap out skis.
Bottom Line: The Kastle BMX 105 HP is for the skier that is going to spend a lot of time speeding down soft and variable terrain. It does such a great job smoothing out soft chop that you sometimes forget you’re not on a groomer. When you actually are on a groomer, you’ll find a ski that is capable. It’s not overly exciting on hardpack, unless your idea of fun is speeding past every other skier on the run. Still, it’s perfectly capable of making some fun turns, and you can count on the edge holding even on harder snow. Best of all is that when you’re getting tired at the end of the day, you can slow things down and let the ski work for you. This would be a great daily driver for the aggressive skier that wants to smooth out any terrain at any speed, and doesn’t want another sluggish plank that doesn’t respond.