Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 66
Lengths: 150, 155, 160, 165, 170
The 2017 Laser SL, with its 68-mm sidecut, is the narrowest and quickest turning ski in Stockli's Laser series of race-inspired recreational carvers. It's a slalomesque carving model for speed-loving experts, with an ultra-tight sidecut radius for quick-turn performance and two sheets of metal for maximum high-speed precision. It's meant to be skied short: The maximum length is just 170 cm. 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.