Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 70
Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177, 184
The 2017 Laser SX is a skiercross-inspired design. Returning unchanged, it's a race-inspired construction for carve enthusiasts, with a sidecut radius similar to that of the Laser GS. But unlike the ultra-edgy and damp GS, its metal-free layup makes it lighter, livelier, and less exhausting. A little extra width (it's 70 mm underfoot) gives it a more stable platform that's easier to balance on. 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.