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Breaking the Nordic trail: Unveiling Kästle’s second generation racing skis
In the heart of the Nordic racing world, where precision meets speed, Kästle has once again redefined the boundaries of excellence by launching its second-generation racing skis. In an exclusive interview with Markus Weeger, the Director of Nordic and Group Marketing, we delved into the innovations that have set Kästle apart on the frosty tracks.
The Evolution of Nordic Performance
Markus Weeger enthusiastically shared insights into the latest advancements in Nordic racing ski equipment by Kästle. “This year, we’ve not only embraced a polarizing design, but we’ve elevated the performance of our skis to a whole new level,” he explained.
The focus was on enhancing the responsiveness of the skis, particularly with the skate skis, making acceleration a breeze. For classic skis, Kästle honed in on perfecting the camber setting, ensuring an even and smooth camber closing for an improved skiing experience.
Testing the Limits
Kästle’s commitment to excellence extends beyond design. Weeger shed light on the rigorous testing procedures employed in the development of Nordic racing skis. “We bridge the gap from racing to sales, testing all new products in real racing conditions or with our racing service,” he shared.
Former athletes, known for their high performance standards, play a crucial role in these tests. Standardizing test procedures and data analysis across diverse climatic conditions is a significant challenge that Kästle tackles head-on.
Wooden Cores and Unspoken Technologies
Kästle distinguishes itself with a unique approach to materials. “One of our brand’s USPs is the use of wooden cores in every model category,” Weeger emphasized.
This commitment to quality comes with its challenges but sets Kästle apart. In addition to wooden cores, some undisclosed materials and technologies contribute to the optimal performance of their skis, shrouded in an air of mystery.
Weeger highlighted the integral role that professional Nordic skiers play in the development process. “We work very closely with them because recognizing the problem isn’t enough; describing it in a way that informs the development process is crucial,” he explained.
Professional athletes bring a unique perspective, obsessing not only over their own performance but also the nuances of the equipment they rely on.
Kästle’s racing department has its sights set on the top. “Our clear goal is to reach the podiums at the Olympics and World Champs,” Weegar declared.
To achieve this, the team aims to become the go-to option for top-level athletes, building trust through hard work and dedication.
Beyond the Horizon: Long-Distance Skiing
While Kästle’s current designs cater to various racing needs, Weeger hinted at the possibility of future innovations specifically tailored for long-distance skiing.
“Of course, we also took the special category long distance on our agenda and we also developed a 2nd generation of double pole short DoPo skis only for the Ski Classics competitions or double pole dedicated athletes. The ski is coming in the skate shape but with its own construction which is built only for double poling.”
“In terms of design, we don’t have any special long-distance designs in the pipeline, but we could think about it,” he teased, leaving the door open for exciting appearances on the horizon.
As the Nordic racing community eagerly awaits the unveiling of Kästle’s second-generation racing skis, it’s clear that the brand’s fusion of innovation, athlete collaboration, and a touch of mystery is propelling them to the forefront of the snowy tracks. Stay tuned for the winter season, where Kästle’s skis will leave their mark on Nordic racing.
More information about Kästle and its products can be found at www.kaestle.com/en