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

It’s almost a sure thing that testers will use the word “smooth” when describing any Kästle ski. The FX95 HP is no exception to that rule: “This is a very smooth carving ski with the ability to handle powder, steeps or moguls,” says Wieringa. The All-Mountain Freeride FX series was developed with big mountain skiing mind, and therefore light enough for touring yet strong enough for downhill turns. Testers favored the 95-mm-waisted ski’s carving prowess and stability, which outshined its playfulness. “This damp ski carves with power and absolute precision,” notes Balandina. Construction includes a top and bottom sheet of titanium, silver fir wood core, sandwich sidewalls and Kästle’s Hollotech 2.0 technology—the “hollowed” out portion of the tip designed to decrease swing weight and increase stability.

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