2021 Kastle FX 86 Skis
Kastle FX86 Skis
Light, quick, and precise, the Kastle FX86 skis are a fantastic choice for all-mountain skiing with a front side flair. Built with Kastle's legendary quality, the FX86 has a lot going for it, and is able to provide strong skiing capabilities for advanced skiers who are really testing their limits and looking to improve. Built with a core consisting of numerous layers and stringers, these skis are a marvel of modern ski building technology. The central portion of the ski consists of vertically laminated stringers from beech and poplar wood. This is a dense blend of wood and gives the ski a solid backbone. Adding to that is a fiberglass wrap, and when glass is used in this manner, it gets a lot stiffer and more responsive. The additional vertical portions of the fiberglass act as another stringer that gives the ski its snap. On the outer portions of the ski's core are a few more stringers of poplar and paulownia. These are lighter and more flexible wood structures that allow the ski to bend and play at the skier's whim. It's an all-encompassing build that a ton of skiers will love. Whether you want to take these skis into the bumps, trees, or keep them on the groomers, they'll do everything that's asked of them, and they'll do it with more grace and style than anything else out there. At 86 mm underfoot, the Kastle FX86 skis are lightning-quick and can get from edge to edge with no trouble whatsoever.
- Sidecut: 123/86/114
- Turn Radius: 15.7 m at 177
- Weight: 1700 g per ski at 177
- Poplar, Beech, and Paulownia wood Core
- Fiberglass Laminate
- Tip and Tail Rocker
- Hollowtech 3.0
- Ability Level: Intermediate and Advanced Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers
Plus one trip west per year. I have a two ski quiver. I'm looking to change my "soft snow" ski.
As a carving ski I have Kastle mx74 (which I absolutely love. The more I ski them the more I like them. Hands down best carving ski I've ever been on, but they are not great to ski in soft/fresh snow).
The soft snow ski is a 2020 RipStik 88. I enjoy the light weight of the ripstick and it is very easy to ski, however for my taste they Just don't carve well enough for me. (Maybe I'm spoiled with my kastle s?) And the tips have a little too much chatter for me when I'm turning up the speed. However the edge grip is very good for what they are. ( They are good skis, just not for me)
I need something that will handle up to six inches of fresh snow with no problem, but give me more ability to carve than the ripsticks. I think I need something with at least some metal. Or something that simulates metal very well.
Here's what I am thinking (not in any particular order), I am also open to suggestions. I am 5'5 160 lbs, advanced not expert skier.
1. Fischer Ranger ti
2. Dynastar m pro 90
4. Rossi Experience 88 or 94 (but think shortest is 170+. Too long?)
5. Qst 92
6. Kastle fx 86/96
This ski would basically be my tree ski also. Something to consider. I'm leaning towards the Kastle FX series. is there enough technology in that ski to simulate metal? Or is there no substitution for metal.?What do you think of the list above? I'm also considering the price. I already have one premium set of skis. And the soft snow ski will get used much less in all likelihood. Bang for the buck is a consideration. However I have been known to treat myself if I think it's worth it.
The Mx 74s were worth all of the 1000+ dollars .
You might feel the same way about the FX series as you do the Ripstick--the shovels are light and flexible by design, and that's not for everyone, and that's okay. I'm a big fan of the M-Pro 90, and I'd also like to put the Salomon Stance 90 in that category. These skis are somewhat under the radar, and are great turners as well as decent floaters. A bit stiffer than the Ripsticks and more responsive, but still have good soft snow performance. I'd take a good look at those. Have fun!