Kastle FX85 HP

2018

Men's All-Mountain
Kastle
Price: £765.00 (with binding)
Overall:
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Off piste short turns:
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Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Upper Advanced Lower Expert Upper Expert
Sidecut 119-85-108
Turn radius 19m (181cm)
Lengths 157, 165, 173, 181 (1,960g)
Construction Cap & sidewall combo
Titanal woodcore
Tip & tail rocker
Strengths High quality, smooth and very grippy on the piste
Weaknesses High price

They say

A modern, all mountain freeride ski with rocker for added versatility throughout the day or season.

We say

Kästle is quite a niche brand with a reputation for making super high quality skis, with a price that reflects that. The sheer quality of this ski really hits you as soon as you make the first turn, the combination of massive grip, silky smooth ride and amazing dampening at speed all combine to give this ski a powerful character. For blasting around on the piste, it’s unbeatable; it almost feels like a softer, wider version of a race ski, with incisive engagement into the turn, and an uncanny ability to react instantly to inputs from the skier. Off piste it’s also very capable, with a wide enough platform and soft tip to help in those conditions.

Tester Comments

Sam Parkes
Solid all round, stiff and grippy, although graphically could look more appealing
Mark Jones
Grippy through the length of the ski, smooth ride, feels like  a class act