Kastle CPM 82 Ski Test Results 2016 Review

September 16, 2015
Kastle CPM 82 Ski Test Results 2016
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
77
Edge Hold
7
Responsiveness
6
Turn Shape Variability
7
Stability
7
Carving Pleasure
7
Value
3

The Good

  • Predictable
  • Easy to initiate
  • Handled variable conditions at medium speeds
  • Makes silky medium radius turns

The Bad

  • Took some work to get on a high edge angle
  • Many testers felt they had to adjust their style to suit the ski
  • More intermediate friendly
THE VERDICT

Throughout out tests, Kastle has built a reputation for hard-charging skis built on a race-style chassis. In a bit of a shift here, the brand delivers a more intermediate to advanced skier friendly model that makes silky smooth turns on groomed to light off-piste conditions, and which costs a little bit of extra money.

FULL REVIEW

Kastle’s CPM is a quality-built, easy to initiate ski that makes some wondrously smooth turns on groomed snow, and exhibits some off-piste performance in light powder and crud as well. Testers liked its predictable, its easy swingweight, and the fact that once they found its mid-range rhythm, they wanted to work the good sensations of that turn all day.

Finding how to achieve that rhythm was a point of some discussion in our crew. Some felt it required extra knee drive through the turn to achieve a high edge angle, while others felt it rewarded a more neutral stance and foot-steering for a cleaner. Either way, if you want to pay a little more and take a couple runs to find that sweet spot, this can be a Cadillac of a ski.

 


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MSRP
$1,499.00
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