The Kästle FX85 HP is made to travel off trail, and the statistic that best captures this attitude is the length of its Dual Rise baseline, which spans roughly 1/3 the running surface of a 173cm length ski. Accordingly, the FX85 HP can swivel its tips like Elvis swiveled his hips: with no discernible effort. What’s surprising is the ski isn’t averse to carving, connecting right behind its tapered tip and holding with the accuracy for which Kästle has earned endless accolades.

“So confident, so smooth, so fine,” cooed Bob Gleason of Boot Doctors. “It delivers Power ski performance in a Finesse package.”

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