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Kastle's BMX98 Ski doesn't come with wheels to smooth out the ride, but it has just about every other performance-boosting bit of technology that you'd look for a in powder-leaning all-mountain ski. With traditional, but low, camber underfoot and an early-rise tip, it offers a top-shelf combination of hardpack and soft-snow performance, with a light, snappy poplar and beech wood core that's stiffened up torsionally, laterally, and tip-top-tail by multiple fiberglass laminates. This ensures that the BMX98 has a powerful feel that's comfortable trenching turns on the frontside but doesn't loose its floaty and fun feel when the snow starts piling up. 

The BMX98 is also designed with a dual-radius Big Mountain sidecut, which provides serious stability at speed and easy corrections when you're hitting high speeds. You'll be able to make both long- and short-radius turns with ease, thanks to the hook-free tail and shovel that engage into and break out of turns in a snap, while the dual Hollowtech tip and tail inserts reduce tip and tail weight and vibration for a smooth ride and ABS sidewalls direct plenty of power to the edges. Whether you're rallying groomers, demolishing powder, or doing some of both, the BMX98 will have you smiling like a Cheshire cat and shredding like a boss.

  • Traditional low camber with an early-rise tip
  • Poplar and beech core
  • Multiple fiberglass laminates
  • Dual Hollowtech tip and tail inserts
  • Dual-radius Big-Mountain sidecut
  • ABS sidewalls
  • Hook-free tail and shovel
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Love at First Rip

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been head over heels for the BMX 98 for 2 seasons. I first tried them in VT and thought they were the most fun skis I had ever strapped on. They were so stable and sure, there was no speed limit! I actually didn't buy them at that point because I was sure I would kill some unsuspecting skier if I routinely skied at those speeds! When I tried them again on a bigger canvas in the Alps, I felt the same passion, but less fear of manslaughter, and instantly purchased. Mounted with Kingpins, they are my go-to big mountain and backcountry quiver of one. I have loved them in tight splitters, open corn fields, chalky wind-buff, crud, groomers, pow - you name it. I'm seriously considering buying a second pair and keeping them under the bed for when my current ones go to the big mountain in the sky.
A few things to consider: At 5'10" and 165, I have never wanted more stability than the 178cm length offers and at this length they are still super quick when it gets tight. They are not amazing in more than a foot or so of pow - just not wide enough. Also, like any strong-willed thoroughbred, they demand that someone be in charge - if you are not up to the task, they will take over. But if you like driving hard on a directional ski, you will love them as I do!

very good all-mountain choice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

skied these for a few days in switzerland in a varitey of conditions, incl fresh powder, packed powder, hard groomers. I found them to ski very similar to the volkl mantra's, given their similar dimensions and shape. The all-mountain rocker keeps you high enough in the fresh stuff, but the turn radius is short enough to keep enough control on piste. Ultimately, i found them to be like most mid-fat all-mountain skis: they fit the bill for a '1 ski quiver.' aka they are a jack of all trades but not really the masters of anything, and i dont mean that in a negative way since you can take these just about anywhere and get away with it