Stockli Laser AX (2017)

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Stöckli Laser AX

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Rating: 3.25 / 5
Price: $1149.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 79
Tip/Tail/Waist: 123-79-109
Lengths: 159, 167, 175, 183

Stability at speed: 3.74 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.75 / 5
Crud performance: 2.45 / 5
Flotation: 1.56 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.33 / 5
Overall: 3.25 / 5

The 2017 Laser AR is a race-inspired all-mountain frontside ski built for carving enthusiasts. It features a wider waist (78 mm) than other models in the Laser family so it won't trench too deeply on soft groomers. Its sidecut radius is optimized for short- to medium-radius arcs. Metal-free construction keeps it lighter, less expensive, and more forgiving than the metal-reinforced Lasers. And in addition to the wider waist, it gets a touch of tip rocker for terrain-smoothing shock absorption, plus a layer of rubber in the tail for softer, less demanding turn finishes. 

The Laser Series includes six models of Stockli's highest-performing frontside precision carvers, incorporating race-inspired technologies in detuned constructions that make them more appropriate to resort conditions and more manageable for daylong recreational skiing. All are built on narrow waist widths (66 to 78 mm) for maximum edge grip and edge-to-edge quickness on hard snow. All are wood-core constructions, for responsiveness and durability, with full-length vertical sidewalls for optimized edging, and Stockli's fastest high-density graphite race bases. Three models (GS, SL, and SC) are metal-reinforced for high-speed calm, durability, and torsional rigidity, using two sheets of metal. The other three models (CX, SX, and AX) are metal-free constructions, for lighter weight and lively, more forgiving performance.

Stockli Skis, founded in 1935 and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne. -J.C. 

The Laser AX is a past winner of the Groomed Snow category and this year remains part of the trio of skis that dominated the top of the rankings. Testers looking for that Stöckli hard- snow precision were not disappointed, admiring its smoothness, exciting rebound energy, and general love of speed. But this year they were more deeply appreciative of its forgiving side. It still loves to be driven hard, but its metal-free layup has a liveli- ness. The rebound is zesty but not difficult to manage. And check out the consistency of its rankings: No. 4 for Forgiveness was its lowest in any criterion. Rogan: “A bit of a departure from usual Stöckli feel. Still very stable, but also playful. Changes up turn shapes easily.”

Notes: The 2017 Laser AR is a race-inspired all-mountain frontside ski built for carving enthusiasts. It features a wider waist (78 mm) than other models in the Laser family so it won't trench too deeply on soft groomers. Its sidecut radius is optimized for short- to medium-radius arcs. Metal-free construction keeps it lighter, less expensive, and more forgiving than the metal-reinforced Lasers. And in addition to the wider waist, it gets a touch of tip rocker for terrain-smoothing shock absorption, plus a layer of rubber in the tail for softer, less demanding turn finishes. 

The Laser Series includes six models of Stockli's highest-performing frontside precision carvers, incorporating race-inspired technologies in detuned constructions that make them more appropriate to resort conditions and more manageable for daylong recreational skiing. All are built on narrow waist widths (66 to 78 mm) for maximum edge grip and edge-to-edge quickness on hard snow. All are wood-core constructions, for responsiveness and durability, with full-length vertical sidewalls for optimized edging, and Stockli's fastest high-density graphite race bases. Three models (GS, SL, and SC) are metal-reinforced for high-speed calm, durability, and torsional rigidity, using two sheets of metal. The other three models (CX, SX, and AX) are metal-free constructions, for lighter weight and lively, more forgiving performance.

Stockli Skis, founded in 1935 and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne. -J.C. 

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