Stockli Stormrider 85 Motion (2017)

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Stöckli Stormrider 85 Motion

Rating: 3.23 / 5
Price: $999.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 85
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-85-110
Lengths: 159, 167, 175

Stability at speed: 3.87 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.62 / 5
Crud performance: 3.57 / 5
Flotation: 2.78 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.63 / 5
Overall: 3.23 / 5

With its overall power and reliably sturdy edge grip, the Stormrider 85 isn’t scared of any kind of snow (or, yes, ice) an Eastern winter might throw at it. And if you’re comfortable with speed, you’ll bring out the best in it. It won’t coddle you, testers say. Be strong, be skilled, or be looking for a softer-flexing ski. But fearless experts can make it sing, whether railing on groomed snow or blasting through junk. Humes: “No lollygagging. It demands to be skied.”

The narrower of the two women's models in the Stormrider collection, the 85 Motion, is a freerider in sensibility. But with its 85 mm waist, it's targeted at women, particularly Eastern and Midwestern experts, who will likely spend plenty of time skiing the frontside of the resort. Like the 100-mm Motion, it's built with a thinner core profile to soften flex and reduce weight. For 2017 it gets a new graphic. 

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 narrower of the two women's models in the Stormrider collection, the 85 Motion, is a freerider in sensibility. But with its 85 mm waist, it's targeted at women, particularly Eastern and Midwestern experts, who will likely spend plenty of time skiing the frontside of the resort. Like the 100-mm Motion, it's built with a thinner core profile to soften flex and reduce weight. For 2017 it gets a new graphic. 

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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