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I bought this Kaestle BMX 108 last year as an overstock model from the 13/14 season in 188cm.
1.)Main informations about this ski:
- avaiable in the lengths: 168/ 178/ 188/ 195 (cm)
- 108mm underfoot
- early rise in the tip
- flat tail
- sintered base
- lots of camber underfoot
- 2000g/ski (in 188cm)
- Kaestle BMX 108 in 188cm
- Marker Duke EPF (L) mounted on recommended
- K2 Pinnacle 130
- resort and sidecountry setup
Because of the huge amount of camber and just an early rise in the tip, this ski behaves like a wide carving ski. The only different is the big sidecut of 33m (in 188cm). So the ski behaves more like a Super G ski. The true identity of the ski comes out when your skiing fast, reaaaally fast and doing super G turns on empty, icy slopes. The ski has an incredible edge hold. Its a great ski for mixed or shitty conditions, a typical ski for East Coast or Alps . The flat tail gives you a really confident feeling everywhere in every condition, even on a icy steep face.
I had only 3 real powder days (>10 inches) and it was a stupid idea to take these skis out. Because of its stiffness and just an early rise in the tip it doesnt float as well as similar other skis in the same width range. Normally the flat tail sinks easier, thats means you will have less tip dives, but it was still really hard to get the tips out of the pow. Maybe the ski is just too stiff. At least this ski is a bit too narrow for deep days :). Similar Skis that float better (i demoed all of them)
Line Sickday/Supernatural 110/108, On3p Wrenegade 112 also the 102
This ski is pretty good for short hikes up to 800 vertical meters in the side/backcountry. It has a pretty big contact surface so you have lots of grip with your skins even on icy terrain. The ski isnt too heavy for its width and length. I would say a bit below average.
Although some of you have made really mixed experiences with Kaestle skis, i have to say, that my skis hold up really well, the topsheet is just a little bit chipped at the tips. The base is really strong. I havent had any deep shots yet, although i hit some rocks :) My edges are still new, because i dont use this ski for park.
5.) Last thing i have to say about the skis:
It is really hard to be the driver of this ski. The first 7-10 days I was just the passenger :D. If you re an Ex- Racer or a strong heavy skier, this ski is maybe one of the best choices you can do if you wanna ski Big Mtn., go Mach 10, while skiing over everything that crosses your way down the mountain. For a skier who prefers more playful skis, like me (f.e. K2 Pettitor, Downskis TD 110 etc.) its isnt the best choice.