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The Best Men’s All-Mountain Wide Skis of 2022: Stöckli Stormrider 102

Check out the all-new Stöckli Stormrider 102 and see what the SKI Magazine Test Crew thought about it at the annual SKI Test.

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Brand: Stöckli

Model: Stormrider 102

Overall Ranking: #3

Overall Score: 3.94 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

135-102-125

Lengths (cm)

173, 182, 191

Radius (m)

19.8 (182 length)

Waist Width (mm)

102

Gender

Male

Level

Advanced to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Balsa, Titanal

Sidewall Construction

Sandwich

Stability at Speed

4.23 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.68 / 5

Playfulness

3.57 / 5

Forgiveness

3.79 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.11 / 5

Crud Performance

4 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.93 / 5

Flotation

3.89 / 5

2022 STOCKLI STORMRIDER 102

By changing the sidecut and rocker profile of the famed 105, the Swiss brand added a bit more quickness and a slightly tighter turn radius to the all-new Stormrider 102. The result is a refined smoothness, something that Stöckli is already known for, but at an even higher level. “This ski makes you feel like a great skier even when you lose technical form in tight situations,” comments tester Otto Gibbons. “Easy to engage into a turn.”

The lightweight wood core combined with two full sheets of Titanal might be intimidating for some, but the new rocker profile and a lighter tip oriented for freeride skiing shortens the effective edge and increases flotation in soft snow and crud. Stöckli’s racing roots are evident, however, as the Stormrider 102 still slices and dices when conditions are firm. Plus, they are definitely easier to just grab and go compared to super-G planks. “Don’t be afraid of this burly-looking ski,” advises tester Luke Larsen. “Rolls over with ease and somehow stays rock solid at high speeds.”

The new Stöckli Stormrider 102 didn’t have the highest overall scores in any category, but what really stands out is a top-five rank in Crud Performance. Stöckli traditionally owns the groomers in the All-Mountain Wide category, but the new shape was especially prevalent on a day at Solitude that was all about big storm leftovers.

Learn about the development of the the Stöckli Stormrider 102 and the rest of the line

And while the price might be the highest in the category, it’s important to remember you get what you pay for. “I would have zero issues grabbing this one-ski dynamo on many Western road trip missions,” says tester Matt Schiller. “This year’s balance curve has been elongated to capture more of the user’s weight and abilities when terrain and conditions require touch—not power—to manipulate through dicey sections.”

  • Strengths: Stability at Speed (3rd in category), Hard-Snow Integrity (2nd)
  • Weaknesses: Quickness/Maneuverability (13th), Playfulness (14th)

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