2015/2016 Kästle FX85 HP ski review. OnTheSnow tested this ski as part of its men’s All-Mountain Front Category and awarded it an Editors’ Choice honor.



Kästle’s FX line, (the FX stands for “free cross” if you’re in Austria, all-mountain freeride in North America), contains several Chris Davenport Pro Models, inspired and tested by the ski mountaineer himself. An 85-mm waist measures on the narrower side for freeride, and not surprisingly, testers gave it high scores for carving and stability, lower for float. “This ski suits the power carver,” says Dittmar. “It’s not buttery; instead, it has tons of energy and pop.” The HP in the ski’s name refers to High Performance, which Kästle translates as two sheets of Titanal with a silver fir wood core, ABS sidewalls and the milled-out tip technology called Hollowtech. The result? “This ski is the winner in the stability category,” says Stoeger.