Built for the big and burly.
Powder and big alpine lines don't always go hand in hand, so a ski that will handle the variable conditions you'll encounter in the alpine is essential to a successful descent. The Kastle TX 97 Tour Montagne Ski is built to hold an edge whether you luck out with some soft turns or are making hop turns down icy couloirs, thanks to an early rise tip, camber underfoot, and a powerful feel in the tail.
Kastle's line of touring skis (TX series) combine Kastle's legendary dampening technologies with a lightweight construction that lends itself well to the human-powered ascent. To keep the weight down, the TX97s feature a cap construction with a lightweight karuba wood core. The tip maintains Kastle's proprietary vibration dampening Hollowtech technology by placing a hollow cutout in the shovel, which not only shaves weight from the ski, but eliminates chatter when conditions are, well, less than ideal. In order to keep the ski relatively stiff, Kastle integrated two layers of fiberglass both above and below the core, so you'll be able to open your turns up when the terrain permits it. The notched tail makes for a solid skin attachment point that won't slip and slide on the skintrack.
- Early rise tip, camber underfoot
- Cap construction
- Karuba wood core
- Hollowtech tip
- 97mm waist width
- Single radius sidecut
- 7lb per pair (177cm length)
- Item #KAS000N
- Q & A
Great Touring/Mountaineer Ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had the pleasure of skiing this ski everywhere from the mountains of Colorado, to the Volcanoes of Ecuador and the rugged mountains of Central Patagonia this year and I've got to say if there is one ski to take on your touring/mountaineering trip the TX97 177cm would be the one. These skis are super light, and when combined with a speed radical, your long days on the mountain become that much easier. Highlights to this ski for me is its very low swing weight, which allows the ski to be turned quickly and easily in steep, tight, technical terrain. Another highlight, and something that makes this stand out as a great travel option ski is that it has a significant amount of rocker, and it does work. You can float in deep powder and feel confident in this ski, even though with a shorter length (177cm my preferred) and narrow waist (97mm). This ski retains that traditional KÃ¤stle feel. The tail is flat, and stiff. I mounted +3 and found this to be great all around. The effective edge on this ski even in 177cm length is excellent and I felt confident in this ski even on the hardest nieve or the softest spring corn. All in all this ski is great on the way up and awesome on the way down. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because it is my personal preference that a ski always have taper in the tip and a bit in the tail. I grew up on twin tips and I see a lot of advantage in incorporating this into a touring ski.