This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!? Everyone at the shop loved the old FX 95 HP. It was damp, felt very planted on the snow, and most importantly absolutely ripped! Good news, the new 96 HP still feels every bit like a Kastle, just in an easier to ski package. You still get that awesome feeling of being on rails, but now I feel like I can actually ski this ski all day. No metal? No problem!
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
Read our preview of 2021 Kastle skis
Year of the FX
Kastle must have been inspired by the turn of a new decade. Because for a company that typically makes small, incremental updates, the lineup of 2020 Kastle skis features some big changes. The FX, "free cross," family is expanded and rebuilt. It swallows the old BMX series, serving up a formidable collection: the FX86, 96, 106, and 116. The wild kicker? None of the skis have metal in their build.
Read our review of the new FX96 HP and FX106 HP
We've also got some women's specific skis for 2020. Kastle brings back the Vogue name from an '80s collection and slaps it on a three-ski all-mountain family, including the FX96 W along with the new DX85 W and DX75 W. With slightly forward recommended mount points, lighter ... Continue Reading
2020 Kastle FX96 HP Description:
Baddabang baddaboom. New FX's in the room. Kastle has overhauled its freeride line for 2020. The FX96 HP, which takes the place of the much loved FX95 HP, figures to be the most versatile ski in the line. The big change: metal is gone from all FX's. Now HP denotes the presence of carbon, which winds around the wood core with fiberglass. Extra rocker plus Hollowtech 3.0, the oversized color bubbles in the tips, maintain primo maneuverability. These are some of the most playful Kastles ever, but they still have the special sauce that makes these premium skis feel uber smooth and stable as you pour one out and point it for Austria. The weight savings in the 2020 version plus the extra rocker mean that the FX is more accessible for a wider range of skiers than ever. It's also less expensive than previous versions. So, yeah. What's not to love? Similar Skis: Blizzard Rustler 9, Fischer Ranger 94 FR, Volkl Mantra M5.
2020 Kastle FX96 HP Specs: