|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Style||All-Mountain Frontside|
|On Snow Feel|
Kastle FX 96 Review by A Better Ski
I’m hanging out in Snow Basin UT at demo days on a beautiful day with good snow conditions and endless skis to try. I admit that I have never been on a Kastle ski before. On my ski bum budget I never considered these skis since they are a bit more pricey than other brands. I wanted to know if the hype and price matched up to the performance of the ski so I was excited about taking these Kastle FX96‘s out for a test drive. Lets see how it went.. .
Conditions: Chopped powder, crud, soft groomers
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The Kastle FX96 is a high performance all mountain ripper that likes to turn and loves to go fast.
On the Snow Feel: The Kastle FX96 felt stable, responsive with an amazing edge grip and a smooth ride.
Powder: This wouldn’t be my first choice for a powder ski. I prefer something in the 115-125 range for true powder conditions as well as a ski with a little less stiffness. Try taking a look at the FX 116 for a ski that matches this description (I know I am looking forward to giving them a try on some nice smooth pow.) With that said, if you are looking for a 1 quiver ski, 1 ski that you can take on any day under any condition, I like the Kastle FX96 as an option for you. 96 is wide enough to give you decent float under deep powder conditions and this Kastle FX96 has a wide tip profile which will give it additional float. The Kastle FX 96 also has progressive rise tip and tail for smooth powder sailing.
Turn Initiation and Carving: This category has to be my biggest praise of the Kastle FX96. this ski loved to turn and had one of the most solid edge grips of any ski I have ever been on. I can tell that this fact is why someone would want to spend the extra money on a pair of skis. I would liken them to a performance Cadillac. Kastle FX96 is fast, responsive, smooth and solid as a rock. I would need to test these skis under harder snow conditions to find their limits but I would venture a guess that these skis can hold an edge well even on firm snow. Not bad for a 96.
Speed: The Kastle FX96 is equipped with TRi 3 construction and a carbon fiber wound core making it stiff and quiet. I didn’t feel like this ski liked to be at lower speeds and wouldn’t recommend them for those of you that like to cruise around a bit more. In that case take a look at the FX86 for less edge to edge effort and a softer flex profile. If you are an aggressive skier who likes to make turns and go fast, so does the Kastle FX96. I took out the 180’s and had more than sufficient edge grip for the day’s conditions. I could see the need for larger guys skiing on harder conditions to size up to the 188 but for me, the 180 was plenty long for a solid edge grip and an easy ride.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I took these Kastle FX96’s out in some pretty choppy chop. I was in Utah however and the snow was pretty light and everything was soft. For me, these skis are above average in this category. They were solid and damp enough to provide me with a relatively smooth ride. Being on the FX106 would be better for crud busting and more soft snow conditions but as far as a 1 quiver ski goes, the 96 performed quite well under difficult conditions. I wonder what they would be like in the Sierra cement where I am from. I expect that I would rather have the 106 under foot for the bigger years and the 96 under foot for lighter years of snowfall.
Flex: The Kastle FX96 has an aggressive flex profile for a rocker/camber/rocker design and is meant to be skied aggressively by skiers who are in command of their movements. Again, if you are in intermediate to advanced skier who is looking for a good ski to learn how to ski off piste or prefer to ski more casual like, check out the FX86.
Bottom Line: I had a great time on these Kastle FX96’s. While I wouldn’t describe them as playful, rather this is an aggressive all mountain ski that likes to go fast and charge the entire mountain. While I think they are better suited to on piste charging, the Kastle FX96 is highly versatile and does a good job no matter what the conditions are or where you are. Just make sure you like to go fast.
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