2012-2013 Kästle XX110 West, 190cm (134-110-134)
Kästle is making a move into the powder/park freestyle world this season, and Mr. Colby James West is leading the charge for them.
The West XX110 is the fattest of Colby’s three pro-model skis, and is the only ski in the entire Kästle lineup with tip and tail rocker.
With fully symmetrical dimensions, a subsequent single-radius sidecut, and Kästle’s Hollowtech construction to reduce swing weight, the West looks like it could be a great tool both for backcountry jibbing and cruising around the resort on any given day.
Plus, this ski doesn’t hand flex like some dumb floppy noodle, and the build quality appears to be really top notch. (Anecdote: when we weighed each ski of our pair, there was only a difference of three grams between the two skis. That’s the smallest difference of any ski we’ve ever reviewed.)
Long and short: our initial impressions of the West XX110 are sky high; if we were going to build a symmetrical, rockered out, non-noodly fun ski, it would look a whole lot like this. Now we just need to go find out how it skis….
Kästle is known for high-quality ski mountaineering and all-mountain skis. We can’t wait to see what they’re bringing to the table in the freeride world.