Kastaplast Kaxe

Once upon a time, there was a disc…that disc made people scratch their heads, squint their eyes, and bring forward the question…"What the hell is that?!" That disc, is the Kastaplast Rask. Previously mentioned in a blog post not very long ago on this very website. With ground breaking design and exceptional over stability, the Rask is very much a love / hate disc. In my opinion Kastaplast from Sweden made a disc truly memorable no matter your opinion on the Rask, and one lives in my bag full-time because, when there is a need to stay left or right, no matter how you throw it, the Rask is the first disc I reach for.

Well, Jonas Lindberg, owner and founder of Kastaplast has done it again. This time, making a midrange disc that rivals some of the very best on the market. In my opinion, likely one of the best discs to ever be created for the midrange game. I could bore you with technical specs and details often found online, but I would rather not, so I will give you my first impressions.

Kastaplast KaxeKastaplast Kaxe Introducing, the Kaxe from Kastaplast. Kaxe, an old Swedish word meaning "stuck-up or Cocky person".

At first touch, the instant recognition of familiarity sits well on your mind. It inspires confidence and settles a good portion of the "new disc jitters" before you even throw it. Which in my mind, is a great thing. There is nothing worse than getting a new disc I have been eagerly waiting for, and being terrified to throw it the first few times because it "feels funny". That's how lost discs happen. Grr. Not so with the Kaxe. The moment it hit my hand I smiled and wanted to give it a toss immediately. However, it took a few moments for me to get over how incredibly shiny it was, and how amazing it felt in my fingers. The plastic used to produce this disc, is incredible! With some touching and spinning on one finger to judge the balance of the disc, I was given the impression immediately that the disc has some serious capabilities. Some have referred to the Kaxe as a highbred between a Roc and a Teebird. Personally, I believe it feels like the fairway lovechild of the Roc and Leopard. But I am sure there will be a few comparisons here and there about what this disc feels like to each individual, as we as people usually refer to things we know well. So…pick one up and judge for yourself.

My first throw involved a cow pasture, and a basket 300 feet away, in a slight SE wind of about 20 knots, coming over my left shoulder. Not really knowing what to expect, I warmed up with a comfortable fan grip, much the same as I would with my 180 Star San Marino Roc, and visualized my form for a smooth flat release to give the disc all the chance it needed to show me how it flies. With about 70% power, and a gentle cross step, I ripped the Kaxe out flat with a firm follow through. Instantly, my mind focused on my fingers, and not on the flight, as the release is very smooth and comfortable. A quality I very much appreciate in a new disc. For me, a definitive difference from the Glo Roc 3 when purchased new. Once this realization was processed and stored in my memory, I managed to catch the tail end of the flight. Slightly more over stable, and faster than I had first imagined, I had to walk a little further than I had anticipated to retrieve the Kaxe for follow up experiments. Making the most of the situation, I picked the disc up, and threw it back to my original position, into the wind. This time with a little more deliberateness, I turned on my game and decided to see how close I could get to my large blue barrel marking my tee.

Kaxe in the fieldKaxe in the field

For those of you keeping track, the wind now in my face, right to left. As a RHBH thrower, I find this a challenging situation as most discs I throw, become under stable into a headwind, and / or fades hard left when finishing its flight, if it manages to resist the urge to turn over and head out of bounds, into a lake, or onto the highway…or in my case, hitting a neighbouring cow. The Kaxe however, blew the top of my head off when I released it flat and firm, with a power grip at full power. Hanging it out slightly to the right the disc held its line, defied the urge to turn in the headwind, and cruised right on past the barrel I was aiming for, and over the fence by 100 feet ... give or take. With the exception of going way further than I thought it would, the Kaxe did exactly as I had hoped. From my position the disc took out to the right, stayed flat while at speed, and stayed pretty true to its line still, once the speed dropped and the glide took over. Into a headwind! Is there a fade at the end of the flight? Yes there is. Is it so much that you will have an issue with control? No you will not. As a matter of opinion, with a bit of time and practice, I am sure this disc has the ability to give any player more opportunity to fine tune accuracy, and position on the course. The beauty of this disc is the ease at which it performs at all speeds during flight.

Making it in my opinion, a great disc for any and all skill levels, especially those looking to develop their game beyond recreational. One other point of interest I should mention is the plastic when it gets wet. Much as you would expect from a "Star like plastic", this disc has great grip in damp conditions and excellent durability. I have used it in the rain a few times now and have had a similar experience. Even when putting. Yes, I have picked this disc up, wet and dry, and used it for long putts out to about 50 or 60 feet just to see what it would do. With its slightly smaller diameter, I was really impressed with how well it doubled as a putter. Making it a great all in one disc for those disinclined to carry more than one disc. Not being specifically "nice" to this disc, I have hit some trees, rocks, barbed wire fence, posts, cows, and even a barn or two, and the plastic has resisted the urge to shows signs of wear. Right up until I hit the large saw blade from an old mill on my course. That left a mark.

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KAXE in the ForestKAXE in the Forest

So, new disc in the field, easiest way to watch the flight of new plastic. What about actual performance? After a few impressive moments in the field I decided to put the Kaxe, and myself, to the ultimate test. On my private course. Full of trees, tight fairways, and long open holes. So I grabbed a putter, my wife, and headed out to see what might happen. With a bit of a learning curve, my wife and I managed to navigate our way around the course surprisingly well with the new Swedish wonder. I decided to throw the Kaxe as though I was playing an overstable, Leopard, and the theory worked fine for my game. Even when it came time to use my forehand. Something I cannot do very well with the Leopard as I tend to turn it over on a forehand, so usually, I will switch to my 180 Star San Marino Roc. The Kaxe handles the forehand very well, and very accurately. Even though I did hit some trees, and strayed off line a few times, as one does, I chalked that up to operator error and not the performance of the disc. The Kaxe just does what you want it to do, right from the box. With the plastic being used to produce this fine design, I imagine that the flight will stay true for quite some time giving the user the feeling of confidence, just as the name implies. If this is the trend being followed by Kastaplast, I very much look forward to seeing what comes next.

If you want a disc that flies true, fast and easy, get yourself a Kaxe from Kastaplast. All the other details will fill in by themselves. It is really that simple.

Truth is in the DetailsTruth is in the Details

Kaxe, putting the "K" in I wanna Roc. ;)

PEACE!