CA Proski BX Ski Review
Last winter I purchased a new Arctic Cat M8 and after bending one of my stock skis on an early season rock I decided it was time to put on a new set of skis. I had a connection with C & A, so I decided to try out their new mountain ski, the BX. C&A have been in the ski market for a long time, but in the past they have primarily made skis focused on trail riding and snocross, neither of which I do a lot of. The MX was their first foray into the mountain market however this ski was focused towards the heavier four stroke sleds. With the introduction of the BX last year C & A have made a significant move into the wider mountain market.
Here are the specs and the BX promo (from the C&A website):
- 7 1/4″ wide profile (tapered)
- 42″ long
- 1.125″ centre keel height
- 90 degree centre keel
- Adjustable, flexible tip
- ISR approved handle
- Total ski weight is 7 lbs. (including handle)
- Made from UHMW Poly for ultimate durability
Speaking with Eddy Plowman of C&A skis, he had this to say of the BX:
“The BX ski has a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put into it. We went into design with open ears and came out of R&D with a product that consumers are going to fall in love with. Compared with the MTX we kept the spindle location the same but shortened the rear of the BX compared to our other skis to allow for easier carving. The curved bottom of the BX allows for almost the same amount of flotation as the MTX.”
So what was my impression of how they performed in the snow?
I am going to sum up my first day on the BX, as it sums up my overall impression of the ski. It was early December and we were headed into an area South of Golden not visited by many. My first impression was on the forestry road in and I was blown away at how well they handled. They really held the corners well, didn’t dart around, and basically made the sled feel like I was glued to the road, it was confidence inspiring. The trail to the alpine then moved from forestry road into some more technical treed terrain which involved breaking trail through the woods at slow speed. For this section of the trail the skis provided more float than the stock skis, however because the ski is quite stiff and does not have a lot of scoop on the front of it, I found the nose of the ski diving under the snow a little more often than I would like. Not ideal when you are going through the woods and trying to navigate in a shallow snowpack. After the slow treed section we made a final push through the subalpine and in doing so I absolutely hammered a rock with my left hand ski while sidehilling the last section of trees. I was amazed that with the force I hit the boulder it did not damage the ski, in fact I could not really tell where it hit which was suprising since I was flung off the machine in a rather aggressive manner. I expected that the ski would be dented near the spindle on the outside edge, but nothing.
When I finally reached the alpine the skis had a lot more floatation than the stock skis and I found maneuvering the BX in the powder was a breeze. I had a great day on the skis and they are still on my sled ready for another round of early season abuse.
After that day and a season on my sled my overall impression is that these are great skis which are way better than the stock Arctic Cat skis and probably every stock ski on market. It’s like being on railroad tracks on the trail and in the powder I found them easy to carve and along with increased flotation I also had better sidehilling capabilities. My only negative comment is that perhaps the skis are a little too stiff with not quite enough rise which means that the tips dive more often than a softer ski, particularly at slow speeds. The bottom line is that if you are looking at upgrading your skis the BX is a great choice for an extremely durable fun powder ski.