Rating: 3.39 / 5
Waist Width: 100
Stability at speed: 4.28 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.13 / 5
Crud performance: 3.63 / 5
Flotation: 2.60 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.19 / 5
Overall: 3.39 / 5
It's a slim margin that separates the top two skis in the category, but they could hardly be more different. The Stormrider never condescends, knowing some girls want a ski that's every bit as muscular as the boys'. Testers liked the feminine graphic, but it was the quick, solid precision and damp, quiet stability at speed that made the biggest impression. Metal reinforcement gives it a smooth, quiet power. A joy for exacting experts. Gibbons: "Surprisingly nimble for a ski with so much metal. Great hard-snow integrity."
NOTES: The Stormrider 100 Motion is the widest women's model in Stockli's Freeride series, with a 136 mm tip, 100 mm waist, and 123 mm tail. It's the most powder-oriented women's ski Stockli makes, and its 14 - 17.8 m radius (depending on length) is intended for epic conditions.
Triple Range Insert integrates Carbon inserts into the tip and tail of the ski, designed to lighten the construction and make turn initiation and execution easier. Powder Rocker lifts the tip dramatically off the ground, designed to mow over deep snow and other various terrain outside of the groomers. This rocker profile also lifts the underfoot section up and off the ground, intended for extra floatation when the ski needs it. Titanal Technology integrates titanal into the ski, designed for stability and weight reduction in place of other bulkier materials. Women's-specific Softflex technology is designed to soften up the ski and create a more forgiving pattern. 3AX technology integrates fiberglass into the sidewall, designed for durability on burlier terrain. For something similar but skinnier, check out Stormrider Motion.
The all-new Freeride series is comprised of eight different powder-focused models, all falling under the the "Stormrider" subcategory. There's the Stormrider Pro 115, Stormrider 107, Stormrider 95, Stormrider 88, Stormrider 100 Motion, Stormrider Motion, Stormrider Vario, and Stormrider Light. All skis in the series share Light Core technology, which integrates woods like fuma and balsa, designed to reduce weight while maintaining durability and stability. Outside of this shared technology, however, each model has its own unique set of technology to set itself apart from the others. If you're looking to ski powder and other varied conditions outside of the groomers, this might be the best series Stockli has to offer you.
Stockli, based in Wolhusen, Switzerland, was founded in 1935. Its U.S. headquarters are in Shelburne, Vermont.