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For 2012, Skiershop is featuring a comprehensive collection of Kastle Skis. The company divides their skis by models, so in this dealer review we’ll be briefly going through the line, so you can see which Kastle ski will be right for you. And if they are good enough for Chris Davenport, Griffin Post, Colby J. West among others, we think you’ll be stoked too. Check it…
Kastle BMX – Big Mountain Cross: The BMX series is Kastle’s freeride line, and features early rise and modern freeride sidecuts so you can float pow and crush lines all day.
Kastle FX – Freeski Mountaineering: The FX Series was designed by mountaineering badass Chris Davenport. They feature a lightweight core and freeride sidecut, and similar to the BMX line they come in a variety of widths and lengths.
Kastle LX and MX – Light Cross and Mountain Cross: These series focus on more traditional skis for all mountain skiing in all conditions. The LX line is a lighter version of the MX which features a sportier user-friendly ski.
Kastle RX and TX – Race Cross and Tour Cross: The RX speaks for itself – race construction, on-piste Alberto Tomba wannabes look no further. The Tour Cross is an ultra-light touring ski with a freeride inspired sidecut similar to the FX line.
Still have questions… Give us a shout and we’ll be happy to chat with you about the gear you’re looking for: 1-800-996-8398.
Words: Erme Catino
Handmade in Switzerland, Stocklis are the Thoroughbred of skis.
Constructed with years of World Cup racing experience, these skis demand solid skiing technique – much like you would find in a Swiss born Alpine Racer. Though don’t let the racing background fool you, in 2003/2004 Stockli gained US freeskiing presence with their release of the Scott Schmidt Pro Model, and since then they have been slowly working their way into the scene while staying true to their World Cup construction.
Skiershop has been providing Stocklis to their online customers since the Schmidt Pro Model days, and routinely has been the go-to shop for skiers seeking the Stockli brand. If you are in the market for some fat skis with serious race construction check out this dealer review on Stockli’s freeride skis for 2010/2011.
The Rotor Series – Stockli’s fat-twin line aren’t your normal twin-tip ski, these boards feature high end construction so you can charge hard on your way to sending it.
Rotor 106: 136/106/126 (166cm, 177cm, 188cm, 194cm)
The Rotor 106 is Stockli’s top of the line freeride twin for pow and backcountry booters. It features a sandwich construction of Titanal – Fiberglass – Wood – Fiberglass – Titanal, and also features a graphite base and a Swiss Precision Tune. The Rotor 106 is Stockli’s widest ski, but it is also a versatile board given its twin-tip.
Rotor 84: 116/84/106 (161cm, 169cm, 177cm)
The Rotor 84 is what you get when a Swiss ski company produces a park and pipe specific board. Solid sandwich construction of Titanal – Fiberglass – Laminated Fiberglass Core – Fiberglass – Titanal, coupled with a graphite base, and a Swiss Precision Tune. The Rotor 84 is a well built park ski, or a great all around board for ski areas with lean snow.
Rotor 72: 118/72/106 (157cm, 167cm, 177cm)
The Rotor 72 is a twin-tip ski with some unique giant slalom traits. It is ideal for an instructor looking for a high-end all-mountain ski with a twin-tip, so you can try to keep up with the kids. It is constructed with Titanal – Fiberglass – Wood – Titanal – Fiberglass, and also features Stockli’s graphite base, and Swiss Precision Tune.
The Stormrider Series are Stockli’s all mountain destroyers and they come in various models and shapes.
Stormrider Pro: 136/105/123 (166cm, 178cm, 190cm, 201cm)
This ski takes over from the DP Pro, and you better start your leg workouts if you plan on skiing the 190cm or 201cm. This ski features boost effect and smoothness in deep pow, Titanal – Wood – Fiberglass – Titanal sandwich construction, graphite bases, and a Swiss Precision tune.
Scott Schmidt Pro: 132/101/121 (176cm, 186cm)
Another burly ski and designed by the man himself, the SS Pro has a bit more versatility than the Stormrider Pro; it’s a perfect one ski quiver for those who like to charge. Sandwich constructed with Titanal – Fiberglass – Wood – Fiberglass – Titanal, and Stockli’s graphite base and Swiss Precision Tune the SS Pro will crush whatever you put in front of it, just don’t get in the backseat!
Stormrider XXL: 122/80/108 (162cm, 170cm, 178cm, 186cm)
The XXL features similar specs and turn radius as the LXL, without the SoftFLEX. This all mountain pow/piste ski features a sandwich construction of Fiberglass – Titanal – Fiberglass support in midsection – Laminated Fiberglass Core – Fiberglass – Titanal, and also features a graphite base and Swiss Precision Tune.
Stormrider LXL: 122/80/108 (154cm, 162cm, 170cm)
All mountain ski designed specifically for women – only Stockli didn’t water it down and make it into a noodle. This versatile all-mountain carver features a SoftFLEX construction and is layered with Fiberglass – Titanal – Fiberglass support in midsection – Laminated Fiberglass Core – Fiberglass – Titanal, and also features a graphite base and Swiss Precision Tune.
Psyched to shred on some Stockli’s? They are already loaded onto our site! Also don’t forget…if you order a pair of skis before 11/30/10 you’ll be entered to win a season’s pass at your home mountain. As always feel free to contact us: Ask an Expert, or call the shop (1-800-996-8398.)
Words: Erme Catino
Founded in 2004 and located at the mouth of Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons, Utah (hmmm powder!) Surface skis is the fastest growing brand in freeskiing. Leading the charge is founder Mike Schneider, a true skier who shreds 100+ days a year and whose hands on approach from marketing to product testing with athletes is all based on having fun in the mountains – something we can all relate to.
I first noticed these boards during a month of ski bumming in Utah, their unique three stage rocker and artistic topsheets are hard to miss. Skiershop is stoked to be one of the few online dealers of Surface, and we hope you will use this dealer review to learn more about Surface skis.
The One Life brings Surface’s own 3 Stage Rocker to the party. Tested by lapping powder choked forests, pow slashes, tree taps, and straighlines, the One Life makes traditional fat skis look archaic. The ski features a Maple-Poplar Wood Core, ABS Sidewall Construction, Extra Thick Edge Material, and Three Stage Rocker Technology.
Live Life: 181cm – 146/110/130, 191cm – 156/120/135
The Live Life features a Maple-Poplar Wood Core, Early Rise in the Tip and Tail, ABS Sidewall Construction, Extra Thick Edge Material, and comes AAA (Alaska, Argentina, Antarctica) approved by ski photographer Adam Clark.
Watch Life: 132/100/122 (172cm, 182cm)
The Watch Life is Surface’s 2010 one ski quiver. Dependable and trustworthy just like the old rig you keep trucking to the mountain. This ski can slay pow, carve you back to the lifts, and hit the park. It features a Maple-Poplar Wood Core, ABS Sidewall Construction, and Extra Thick Edge Material.
Live Free: 181cm – 146/110/130, 191cm – 156/120/135
The Live Free is Surface’s light weight fat ski and comes with Early Rise in the Tip and Tail, Maple-Poplar Wood Core, ABS Sidewall Construction, and Extra Thick Edge Material. Dawn patrols for pow here we come!
No Time: 162cm – 108/76/99, 172cm – 108/76/100, 182cm – 112/82/105
A park ski with Early Rise in the Tip and Tail for those buttery tricks. It features a Maple-Poplar Wood Core, ABS Sidewall Construction, and Extra Thick Edges for rails. The No Time is Surface’s budget friendly park ski. Surface also makes the Next Time – a similar constructed park ski available in 145cm (101/76/99), and 155cm (101/76/99).
My Time – Women’s Park Ski: 162cm – 108/76/99, 172cm – 108/76/100
Girls are charging park and pipe just as hard as the boys, so Surface gave them their own park ski. Built with the same construction as other models this ski features a smooth flex, Early Rise in the Tip and Tail, Maple-Poplar Wood Core, ABS Sidewall Construction, and Extra Thick Edge Material.
In addition to their already unique lineup of skis, this season Surface has partnered with Skullcandy to produce and co-brand 3 sets of skis, poles, and matching Skullcandy Icon 2 headphones. Skiershop will have these available, but act fast because they won’t last long – Take a look at the teaser:
Like what you see…order a pair of Surface skis from Skiershop, and we’ll give you a free pair of Surface poles with your order in addition to being entered to win a season’s pass at your home mountain. As always feel free to contact us: Ask an Expert, or call the shop (1-800-996-8398).
Words: Erme Catino
Re-emerging in 2007, Austrian based Kastle skis have been rebranding themselves through high end freeride and carving based skis. This year Kastle returns with 3 Pro-Models (Hugo, Davenport, and Griffin Post – not a bad lineup), and a new LX line.
As in years past, Skiershop.com will be carrying much of the Kastle line. Kastle produces an array of skis, and their way of naming the different skis may seem simple but can be a lot to take in… hopefully this dealer review will help you shop around the Kastle brand and see some of the highlights for this year. And don’t forget that if you buy any pair of skis from Skiershop.com by November 30, 2010, you will be entered to win a season’s pass at your home mountain, see official rules on the site.
On to Kastle…
FX 94: 128-94-117 Sizes: (166cm, 176cm, 186cm).
The Chris Davenport Pro Model – features a light ash/poplar wood core, Double Hollowtech (the unique tip and tail on Kastle skis, which reduces weight and vibration), sandwich construction, two layers of titanium, and a rounded tail plus tail hook for skins. This ski is light enough for long backcountry tours but is stable enough for charging. The FX line also comes in an FX 74 and FX 84 model.
MX 98: 126-98-116 (158cm, 168cm, 178cm, 188cm)
The Griffin Post Pro Model – features an ash/silver fir wood core, Double Hollowtech, Early rise in the tip, Low-camber technology, and sandwich construction. Changed from previous versions, this years MX 98 fits the bill as Kastle’s all mountain one ski quiver. By removing the metal and adding Early rise and a dual radius, the ski drives likes older models, but provides for a much more forgiving ride.
MX 108: 132-108-122 Sizes: (177cm, 187cm, 195cm – you better point it!)
The Hugo Harrison Pro Model, though it has undergone some changes this is still their burliest ski. The MX 108 features a beech/poplar wood core, Double Hollowtech, and sandwich construction, but features a new Early rise tip, dual radius, and Low camber technology which makes this ski way more versatile than its predecessors.
In addition to the Pro Models featured in the MX skis, the MX line also features skis such as the MX70, MX78, and MX88 – so if you are looking for a freeride Kastle stick there are plenty of options.
If laying arc’s is your game you can also check out the RX and LX series.
RX- Let’s keep this simple, this is the race line; Serious edge grip and stability for on-piste performance.
This line comes in a Slalom version titled RXSL and a RX12.
RXSL Dimensions: 121–68–100mm, sizes 156,166 cm
RX12 Dimensions: 118–70–100 mm, sizes 152, 160, 168, 176, 184cm
LX72 and LX82 – The LX line is new for 2011. It features a titanium laminate ski with tapered sidewalls. The LX model has either a 72mm, or 82mm waist and can come in various lengths ranging from 146cm-180cm. According to Kastle, this ski provides really light construction, and a smooth ride that is more forgiving than the burlier models.
SkierShop.com is proud to offer Kastle skis.
Still looking for advice, Ask an Expert, call the shop (1-800-996-8398)