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Reviewers' score
13.9

Kästle RX12 GS reviews 2019

PROSKILAB™ reviewers' comments

The RX12 GS from Kästle is a very good ski that stands out for its great behavior when carving turns. The ski loves to be on edge and is remarkably easy and enjoyable in this context.

On the other hand, it does far less well in the Giant Slalom programme. The ski's radius is too short for the programme and suffers from a lack of stiffness which reduces its performance. Pushed to the limit, it runs out of steam on hard pack at high speed as turn quality deteriorates and grip becomes more uncertain.

The RX12 GS is a good sporty ski, but not specialised (despite its "GS" badge) or nimble enough for this competition-inspired category. It's still a very good ski and would have done well in the "Carvers" category. We recommend it for good to excellent riders who want a sporty ski without going over the top, and who're looking for a tool that's versatile and extremely happy carving to help them work on their performance.

Review: Pros

  • User-friendly
  • Good performance, except at high speeds
  • Easy carving, enjoys sharp angles
  • Energetic edge change
  • Comfortable

Review: Cons

  • A flexible ski for this category
  • Somewhat limited in performance
  • Radius too short (16 m) for a giant slalom ski

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
15.8
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
13.7
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
11.7
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.3
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
13.2
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
16.7
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
16.8
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
13.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
14.2
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
14.8

Who's it for?

Good → Excellent

Manufacturer's remarks

You'll love the RX12 GS with its race-inspired sidecuts and sporty nature. The tried and tested sandwich construction in combination with the Hollowtech 2.0 technology offers a smoother ride and better edge hold in fast turns. Experienced riders will love the RX12 GS for its awesome grip when carving long turns. Perfect for ambitious riders who love the groomed runs.

Features of the RX12 GS

Brand : Kästle
Model : RX12 GS
Year : 2019
Family : Giant slalom
Size tested : 175 cm
Tip size : 112 mm
Waist size : 68 mm
Tail size : 100 mm
Radius for the size reviewed : 16 m

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Reviewed by PROSKILAB™

in La Clusaz, France, March 2018