2015 Kästle BMX 118 ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its women’s Powder Category.

The BMX 118 has a touch of femininity with its pink Hollowtech technology—the weight- and vibration-reducing, colorful, milled-out sections in the tip and tail. But to testers, who scored it high for stability, Kästle’s only women’s Big Mountain Cross ski requires brute strength. “Needs a hard-charging skier to tame this beefy ski, but once tamed, it loves big turns in powder,” says Muecke. The 118-mm-waisted ski has a beech and poplar wood core with ABS sidewalls, tip rocker, and a hook-free shovel and powder-oriented tail. “This is a serious ski that prefers straight lines and speed,” says Rodman. “It’s solid and grounded like a tree.”