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Description

A burly big-mountain ski with all-mountain passion.

With power on tap and effortless flotation on hand, the Kastle BMX118 Ski quickly adapts to unpredictable big-mountain terrain and gnarly conditions. Its waist is wide enough for deep, soft, or cruddy snow, but agile enough for when everything's skied-out and scratchy. Sandwich construction and ABS sidewalls help with that, putting pressure on the edges for serious carving. Low camber strikes a fine balance between float and energetic rebound, and the rockered tip and powder tail, both with Hollowtech, stay above the surface for feathery ease. A full wood core keeps the ride smooth and stable for those long run-outs and cheeky straightlines. The second-fattest in the Kastle freeride line, the BMX118 was born to put down the hammer, but loves to mix things up.

  • Early rise rocker profile
  • Low traditional camber underfoot
  • Sandwich and sidewall construction
  • Beech and poplar wood core
  • 118mm waist
  • Powder tail, dual Hollowtech tip and tail
  • Hook-free shovel
  • Dual-radius sidecut
  • UHM TT sintered base

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  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Reporting with an initial impression, because there is very little info on these, but I have only skied them on firmer conditions/groomers, and no where near what these were designed for. I will update if we get snow!!! Typical Kastle construction - which is to say IMO highest caliber skis on the market, and you pay for it!

For starters, these are dead sexy skis! if your a RIPPING chick the 168 will have you looking like the hottest bunny on the hill! if your man enough for the 183 and can handle with HOT pink! then props to you!! This 183 is a beastly ski. WAY more substantial than atomic bent chetler in same length. They do feel dead until you get them up to a decent speed ( id guess 30mph), at which point they become very manageable, but not what I would call easy going or playful. (again we are talking firm snow/groomers) These are a very wide, but traditional ski. Lots of camber. very gradual early rise tip, strong tail. Overall its a stiff pow ski! Stiffer hand flex than my kastle mx83 that has two sheets of metal! So i guess thats about all the info I can give till we get more snow. bottom line, dont be fooled by hot pink! this is no girls only ski! bring your a game and shred pow harder than you have ever shredded before! at 5'9" 215, 100 days a year skier, I could not ski this in much longer than 183!!! its a MAN'S ski! :)

UPDATE**** Effortless POW dominance. SLAYS steep and deep! soooo effortless. never skied such tight treees regardless of 33 m turn radius. once the pow is deep and the terrain is steep these wil go ANYWHERE effortlessly. and so much fun on mellow terrain becuase they float unreal and you can make turns in places you couldnt before. buy them. kastle is making all other skis look like toys.

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any guys skied the 183? im thinking at...

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any guys skied the 183? im thinking at 5'9" that will be plenty of ski. anyone have a review???