Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 68
Lengths: 165, 70, 175, 180, 185
With its relatively tight sidecut (15 to 19.4 meters), the 2017 Laser GS won't qualify for FIS-level racing, but it's still the longest-radius ski in Stockli's Laser series-a likely choice for "beer league" racers or anyone in search of precise, edgy high-speed performance in long arcs on-piste, no matter how hard the snow is. 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.