Kastle CPM 82 Ski Test Results 2016 ReviewSeptember 16, 2015
- Easy to initiate
- Handled variable conditions at medium speeds
- Makes silky medium radius turns
- 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
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.
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.