Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 68
Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177
Like the Laser SX, the CX is a metal-free, skiercross-inspired frontside carver. Unchanged for 2017, it features a slightly wider waist than the Laser SL or GS, but its sidecut radius is the tightest in the Laser collection. And unlike the more demanding SL and GS, it's a metal-free construction, so it's not only less expensive but also quick, light, lively, and easier to manage at all but the highest speeds. 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.