Get out fer a rip.
Gravity's a pretty magical thing. It can deflect light, form stars, and explain the perihelion precession of Mercury, but it can also push you down a snowy hill, which is fun and stuff, especially when you have the Kastle FX95 HP Ski strapped to your feet. It might not get you accelerating down the mountain at 9.8 meters per second squared, but the FX95 does want to go fast, seeing as it has two sheets of titanal that give it a rock-solid and damp feel that's all about mobbing through chunder and devouring hard snow. ABS sidewalls and low camber underfoot give the ski plenty of edging power, and Kastle's killer elliptical sidecut radius makes it easy to rip off tight turns without compromising stability when you're really lettin' 'er rip.
The FX95 likes to slice and dice, but it's no one-dimensional frontside chef. At 95mm underfoot, it's wide enough to comfortably handle boot-top powder, and has Kastle's Dual Rise rocker to make sure your tips don't dive and your tails don't finish turns too aggressively and send you over the bars. Both the tip and tail are tapered to prevent a hooky, unpredictable feel in soft snow, and the tip is finished off with Kastle's Hollowtech 2.0 technology, which uses a cutout section to reduce the tip mass and corresponding vibration, so you don't get chattered to death when you're rallying down uneven snow.
- Dual Rise rocker (progressive rockered tip, raised tail, low camber underfoot)
- Sandwich construction with ABS sidewalls
- Elliptical sidecut radius
- Silver fir wood core
- Titanal reinforcement
- Hollowtech 2.0 shovel technology
- Hook-free tapered tip and tail
- UHM graphite sintered base
- Item #KAS000I
- Q & A
Set the Edge and HOLD ON!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Sandwich construction? Check. Two sheets of Titanal? Check. Good amount of Sidecut with a traditional shape and taper? Check. Is the Kastle FX95 HP one of the fastest ripping all mountain skis out there? Definite check.
The FX95 HP has built itself up to be a pretty burly, no reservations ski in which you point it and go. So long as you have the strength and stay ahead of the ski you'll go to plaid in most conditions. It barrels easily through most hard snow situations you'll see and will float on the minimal pow days pretty easily.
For being this burly of a ski, two things stuck out to me. 1. Not catchy at all - the taper of the FX95 HP actually allows you to feather the edge over a bit easier in the initiation of the turn without the grip feeling abrupt which is not a usual characteristic of a burly ski. 2. lighter feeling between turns - usually burlier skis take a large amount of effort to push off the old turn and into the new. Not the case here as the Hollowtech 2.0 used in the shovel drops the weight just enough to be noticable.
Keep in mind that you'll need to eat your Wheaties, do your squats and seriously be on your game as the FX95 HP will punish you if not pushing it through the turns. Any playful type of style will leave the FX95 HP bucking you around and feeling like it takes a mountain to turn them. Won't do the best in deep snow either as all it'll want to do is plow through which isn't so bad if power skiing is your thing.
How does the 95hp perform in comparison the the fx 94 or the Nordica Enforcer?
The fx95hp is taking over for the fx94. They have done away with the 166cm and the 173 is the shortest length, followed by 181 and then a 189. The fx94 came in 166, 176, 186.
The 95 has a med-stiff flex and at 189, the turning radius is 22m, 20 m at 181. The 94 was more stiff- a 22.5m turn radius at 186.
The Enforcer is a much softer ski with a medium flex and 18.5 m radius at 185cm. It is going to be more playful and responsive than the 95hp and the fx94.
All skis do have metal in the core. Both the enforcer and 95hp have two sheets of metal. The enforcer and fx 94 are comparable in weight per pair: about 9.6 lbs at 185 (enforcer) and 186 (fx 94). The 95 hp are pretty burly: the weigh in at 9.4 lb/181cm and about 10 lb/189cm.
The Enforcer and fx94 both have a rocker tip and camber profile underfoot, but the 95hp has rocker tip and rail and a low profile camber underfoot.
In summary, the 95hp are going to charge and will not be very forgiving, though they will have a nice float in the powder due to the rocker profile and width. The Enforcer will have more play, though still hold a nice edge due to the 2 sheets of metal.
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