2016/2017 Kästle FX95 HP ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its men’s All-Mountain Back Category.

“A race ski let out for recess,” says Dittmar of the Kästle FX95 HP. “It has a nice blend of power and forgiveness.” The FX series, known as All-Mountain Freeride skis, was developed with the help of big mountain skier Chris Davenport as a ski light enough for skinning, yet strong enough for aggressive downhill turns. Tester tallies showed a strong preference for stability, surpassing scores for flotation. “It’s not for the big pow days,” says Jakob. “It plows rather than floats, but there’s no flutter in the tip like some other skis in the category.” A new camber profile has been added to Kästle freeride skis and includes progressive rise in the tip as well as more mass reduction in the longer shovels, which house Hollotech 2.0, the “hollowed” out portion of the tip designed to decrease swing weight and increase stability. The sandwich sidewall construction includes a top and bottom sheet of titanium with a silver fir wood core.

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