Stockli Stormrider 100 Motion (2017)

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Stöckli Stormrider 100 Motion

Rating: 3.63 / 5
Price: $1199.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 100
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-100-123
Lengths: 158, 166, 174

Stability at speed: 4.33 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.06 / 5
Crud performance: 4.23 / 5
Flotation: 2.95 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.16 / 5
Overall: 3.63 / 5

Have you ever complained about women’s skis that only patronize women? The Stormrider will shut you up. (You know, in a nice way.) There’s nothing pink-and-shrinked about it. Remember, many of the testers who so loved this ski have race backgrounds. They all rip, and none are afraid of speed. Sound like you? Or maybe you’ve never been comfortable at speed because you haven’t had a ski like this: reassuringly solid underfoot, quiet on the snow, hefty in a good way. Wood core, full/vert sidewalls, metal reinforcement, Swiss precision—not for sissies. Or penny-pinchers. It’s for put- ting the hammer down and making the mountain your sexy manservant. Barnes: “Keeps you honest in bumps and short turns but rewards you with stability and confidence."

The women's Stormrider Motion, returning unchanged for 2017, is one of the fattest women's skis on the market. With its 100 mm waist, it will be a powder-specific tool for most women, though strong skiers who live in soft-snow locales will certainly use it for everyday applications between storms. Stockli employs airier woods in its core to keep it light (3,420 in the longest length, which is 174 cm), but it's still a sturdy construction (metal laminates for high-speed calm, edgy vertical sidewalls) designed for expert women. It features Stockli's TRI technology: carbon inserts are placed at the tip and tail of the ski to stiffen them both torsionally and longitudinally while reducing swing weight.

Stockli's Stormrider series, built for adventuresome freeriding, has expanded to eight models. The series includes the Swiss brand's top sellers in the U.S. market. Waist widths have grown over the past few years, now ranging from a powder-specific 115 mm down to a touring-appropriate 83 mm. The series now includes two women's models at 85 and 100 mm. Rocker profiles vary, from subtle to pronounced, depending on model. All are classic Stockli constructions: wood cores for responsiveness and integrity, metal reinforcement for durability and high-speed calm, vertical sidewalls for optimized edge grip and solidity. One notable difference between Stormrider constructions and other Stocklis is that the upper layer of metal serves as the topsheet of the ski, rather than being covered by another laminate. This makes the topsheets uncommonly durable and gives the Stormriders a rich look. Core compositions vary from model to model. Stockli's Light Core combines two different woods-sturdy, resilient ash and lightweight ceiba (a West African species). Stockli's Super Light Cores incorporate balsa wood along with the other two for additional weight savings. Stockli Skis, founded in 1935 and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne. -J.C.

Notes: The women's Stormrider Motion, returning unchanged for 2017, is one of the fattest women's skis on the market. With its 100 mm waist, it will be a powder-specific tool for most women, though strong skiers who live in soft-snow locales will certainly use it for everyday applications between storms. Stockli employs airier woods in its core to keep it light (3,420 in the longest length, which is 174 cm), but it's still a sturdy construction (metal laminates for high-speed calm, edgy vertical sidewalls) designed for expert women. It features Stockli's TRI technology: carbon inserts are placed at the tip and tail of the ski to stiffen them both torsionally and longitudinally while reducing swing weight.

Stockli's Stormrider series, built for adventuresome freeriding, has expanded to eight models. The series includes the Swiss brand's top sellers in the U.S. market. Waist widths have grown over the past few years, now ranging from a powder-specific 115 mm down to a touring-appropriate 83 mm. The series now includes two women's models at 85 and 100 mm. Rocker profiles vary, from subtle to pronounced, depending on model. All are classic Stockli constructions: wood cores for responsiveness and integrity, metal reinforcement for durability and high-speed calm, vertical sidewalls for optimized edge grip and solidity. One notable difference between Stormrider constructions and other Stocklis is that the upper layer of metal serves as the topsheet of the ski, rather than being covered by another laminate. This makes the topsheets uncommonly durable and gives the Stormriders a rich look. Core compositions vary from model to model. Stockli's Light Core combines two different woods-sturdy, resilient ash and lightweight ceiba (a West African species). Stockli's Super Light Cores incorporate balsa wood along with the other two for additional weight savings. Stockli Skis, founded in 1935 and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne. -J.C.

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