Kastle revamped the 2017 TX series and the changes made to this ski will make it one of the most talked-about and coveted skis of the season. At 90 mm underfoot, this ski will be better suited to handle variable conditions on those light and fast tours, yet its light weight still lends itself to be the choice haute route ski. Also, completely new this season, the TX 90 has a full sidewall construction allowing for optimal edge control and a Dual Rise rocker profile which consists of slight rocker in the tip and the tail with standard camber underfoot. To shed weight while keeping torsional rigidity, the ski has carbon reinforcements from tip to tail. Continuing the Kastle tradition, the TX90 also has the Hollowtech shovel, but new to this year is an elongated Hollowtech cap area, with the net effect of reducing more weight and increasing dampening by as much as 30%. These improvements allow this ski to perform just as well on the downhill as on the uptrack. The 176cm length weighs in at 1295g, has a sidecut dimension of 122 / 90 / 111 mm, and a turning radius of 19m.
The Kastle TX90 is paired with the G3 Zed binding. G3 led the way with the ION back in 2014, making a breakthrough into the pin tech world with a simplistic user friendly binding that was both reliable and burly enough to take on any steep line you threw at it. Now G3 is upping their game once again bringing the ZED into their line. G3 set out to take all the positive aspects of the ION and cut out all the pieces they did not deem practical in weight. From the toe piece to the heel mech, the ZED is an all-new, lightweight, all-day traveler that will carry you to heights in the backcountry you never thought possible.
Now, to break down all the new features of the ZED. G3 Started off with the toe piece, taking out the widening body parts and making streamline shapes to minimize weight where possible. They also created a simple, minimal boot stopper for guiding your toe bail into place in one simple step. No fussing around trying to fit your toe in the pins. G3 also cut out all the material under the toe springs to shave even more weight.
The heel was a complete overhaul and created a cross between the ION and ION LT. With a single screw adjustment for Lateral and vertical release, and a 30mm length adjustment to allow for a wider range of accommodation for boots. Just like the ION, the heel turret allows for both clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation when switching to touring. The new slimmed-down heel risers allow for quick pole lifts when climbing and changing slope angles on your approach. These particular bindings come with a 90mm brake.
Overall, this setup is in like-new condition, having only been skied a handful of times. The skis look brand new and the bindings follow suit. Grab these rigs for a phenomenal ski at an even better price.
Kastle TX90: $899.00
G3 Zed 10: $499.00