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Rating: 3.24 / 5
Waist Width: 107
Stability at speed: 4.00 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.43 / 5
Crud performance: 3.80 / 5
Flotation: 3.40 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.51 / 5
Overall: 3.24 / 5
A pair of playful surfers top the category, but if you like edgy power, the Stormrider is the best of the beasts. It’s by far the most comfortable at irresponsible speeds, wasn’t fazed by the set-up snow that plagued the West last season, and bulls through broken snow with calm strength. It prefers, perhaps requires, a strong skier, but testers were surprised by its agility-not always a Stockli hallmark. Moffatt: “Last run, tough conditions, and it gave me my legs back. Precise responsiveness; smooth, balanced flex.”
NOTES: The Stormrider 107 is the second-widest model in Stockli’s Freeride series, with a 135 mm tip, 107 mm waist, and 127 mm tail. It’s a powder-oriented ski, and its 16.6 – 22 m radius (depending on length) is intended for big mountain skiing down a variety of terrain. For something similar but wider, check out the Stormrider Pro 115. And for something similar but skinnier, check out the Stormrider 95 and Stormrider 88.
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. 3AX technology integrates fiberglass into the sidewall, designed for durability on burlier terrain.
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.