2020 Kastle FX 96 W

The all-new 2020 Kastle FX 96 W is an awesome choice for ladies who are looking for a light and high-performance ski with a ton of versatility built in. The 96 mm waist is a great size and shape for an all-mountain ski with a bit of a freeride personality. Adding to the fun-loving nature of the ski are hook-free tips and tails, low camber, and progressive rise. They’re shaped like a more freeride-oriented ski, and built and shaped with all-mountain performance in mind. The Hollowtech 3.0 tips keep vibrations to a minimum, and keep your tips glued to the snow in firmer conditions. Built with a wood core that’s wrapped in fiberglass, these skis are stiff and poppy, but not heavy. The materials used and the design process set these skis apart from their competition, and ladies who love making a ton of different turn shapes and sizes, with a 14-meter turn radius at the 164 cm length. Our testers were pretty stoked on the lightness, stability, and edge hold of these fantastic all-mountain sticks.

Shelby Parenteau skied the 164 cm length and loved the size. She also loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold of the FX 96, with those categories earning 5’s out of 5. She also gave the ski 4’s for flotation, playfulness, versatility, and overall impression. Shelby calls it a “good ski to cut through slushy snow. It also skis well through crud, powder, and ice. This ski was pretty stiff, but not to the point where I felt I couldn’t maneuver it.” In terms of those high scores for torsional stiffness, “it holds an edge and turns well, but can still point it and have to be stable. Great ski for an advanced and expert lady who wants a ski that can do it all.” And that’s it in a nutshell right there, ladies who are looking for one ski to do it all will love the FX 96.

Catherine Ferguson also skied the 164 and that was a good size for her. She had a lot of 4’s on her scorecard, including edge hold, stability, and overall impression. For a 96 mm underfoot ski, it’s great to have that strong edge hold and torsional stiffness. “This ski was great to put on edge. Very fun and fast on the groomers, especially as things are getting scraped off the hill. This ski made it unnoticeable. The responsiveness was great overall and I found it easy to transition my turns.” In terms of an intended audience, Catherine “would recommend the FX 96 to female skiers looking to rip it up on the groomers.”

Another 164 cm skier, Ariel Aidala made up some categories of her own to describe the FX 96 W. Receiving a 6 out of 5, Ariel was apparently a fan of the torsional stiffness and edge hold of the ski. All other scores were 4’s and 5’s so it’s pretty safe to say that Ariel is a fan of this new ski. That doesn’t release the ski from all forms of criticism, however, as she did note that the “tip was floppy at high speeds, but darn can this ski rip.” Language! “The edge hold was really great and I felt in total control of them.” It’s always fun to see a tester making up their own scoring categories, it really means that something jumped out at the skier.

The all-new FX series skis from Kastle are amazingly fun and versatile, and they are built and designed with the highest-end materials and concepts in mind. For their weight, they’re surprisingly damp and stable, and ladies who are looking for that blend of light weight and high-performance, the Kastle FX 96 should be the beginning and end of a lot of conversations.


Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Catherine Ferguson

Age: 26Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride and freestyle oriented with a flair for fun

Nifer Hoehn

Age: 40Height: 5'6"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise carving

Shelby Parenteau

Age: 27Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Snowboarder

2 Comments on the “2020 Kastle FX 96 W”

  1. I’m curious how you think this ski compares to the Camox Freebird? I have the Camox for backcountry and love it and am looking for something similar for resort.

    1. HI Shelby!
      A bit more of a tail in the Kastle, and a bit less of a tip. The FX 96 does have a softer shovel and a stronger kick at the end of the turn than the more consistent Camox. Light and energetic like the Camox, but with a higher top gear. Have fun!

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