Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
It is a brave new world when an upstart boutique ski builder from sleepy northern Vermont makes one of the reference skis in the hotly contested One Oh Something category. The Citadel 106 is Cyrus’s baby; he made the Z-90 and Endurance 98 first so that he could afford to make a lightweight 106 that would be the class leader. The HDT-infused Citadel is as light as it is damp: it can charge when asked yet it is nimble when you want to slow down and bring it into tight spots.
The all-new FX106 is the third generation of this ski that Kästle brought into this segment. The first offering, the FX104, was a fully cambered charger; like most skis from this era of Kästle, it came in 10cm sizing increments and many fell in between sizes. From there Kästle switched names to BMX and offered the 105 and 105 HP. These skis swung the pendulum toward a soft-snow bias and added taper at the extremities and HP dampening; the lighter non-HP was was the more playful of the two. Kästle also went to 8cm sizing breaks, which was much better. The new FX106 HP is the best of both of these skis with a shape more reminiscent of the 104 and a light flex and on-snow feel that blend the 105 and 105 HP.
- Why choose the Citadel 106? You want the Nth degree of weight savings without compromising downhill performance.
- Why choose the FX106? You don’t want to give up power and crud-busting ability.
- Insider tip: Either is a great ski for a Shift binding.