The big boy in the BMX line.
The most conservative estimates are calling for over a foot of fresh pow, and coverage is good enough to center punch just about any line on the mountain. On days like these, you'll be glad your Kastle BMX 115 Skis are tuned and ready to go. The dimensions of the BMX 115 Ski make these boards ready to do one thing: send steep and technical lines. With a 115 mm waist width, 141mm in the shovel, and a heavily rockered tip, the BMX 115 will float pow like a dream, slarve turns, and scrub speed with ease, but with camber underfoot and a solid sandwich construction, you won't have to change your drawers when decide to straightline them down tight chutes and arc big turns down wind-buffed faces.
Anyone familiar with Kastle's legendary ski construction won't find anything new here, and that's a good thing. A full wood core, ABS sidewalls, and a fiberglass laminate make the BMX 115s stiff and stable, but they're forgiving enough to get into more technical terrain. To help eliminate chatter, the skis feature Kastle's proprietary Hollowtech shovel, which consists of a cutout that helps to reduce vibration through the ski by as much as 15%—not only does this result in a vibration dampening feel smooth, but it also reduces swing weight in case you decide to throw some threes out there. Kastle also added a thin layer of rubber just above the edges to cut chatter and produce a solid platform that will charge down variable conditions just as effectively as it will float pow.
It's not hard to build a ski that will make powder skiing fun, but it is difficult to make a ski that will ski pow and tackle variable conditions with that same level of fun. The adequately sized 115 waist will easily handle most powder days, but it won't make you feel like you have a couple of bananas tied to your feet when all that spring pow turns to a slick melt-freeze crust. Further increasing the ski's versatility is the elliptical radius sidecut, which blends a narrower turning radius in the tip and tail with a wide radius through the rest of the skis, allowing them to easily adapt turn shapes to the ever-changing conditions you'll find on the mountain.
- Kastle's fattest ski for freeride floating powder
- Beefy 115mm waist employs effortless flotation in deep snow
- Hollowtech tip enhances damping, stability, and edge grip
- Rocker tip and tail help you turn without sinking
- Silver fir, beech wood core wrapped in fiberglass for stiffness
- Semi-cap construction includes durable sidewalls underfoot
- Item #KAS000Y
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've tried a bunch of different powder skis (115+ waist width) over the last few years and the Kastle BMX 115 is my favorite. Here's why:
Weight: This ski is fairly light for a 115mm waisted alpine ski, allowing for a low swing weight
Stability: In spite of the weight and lack of metal, this ski is extremely stable in a wide variety of conditions.
Shape: The tapered tips along with tip and tail rocker allow the ski to cut through crud and float in pow. The ski is at home making big, high speed turns due to the 24m turn radius, but the low swing weight and rocker profile allow the BMX 115 to make quick turns as well.
In short, this ski is really, really good.