Stockli Stormrider 88 (2017)

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Rating: 2.19 / 5
Price: $999.00
Year: 2017
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Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 127-88-113
Lengths: 168, 177, 186

Stability at speed: 3.24 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.81 / 5
Crud performance: 2.94 / 5
Flotation: 2.19 / 5
Forgiveness: 1.14 / 5
Overall: 2.19 / 5

The 88 returns to the Stormrider collection with an updated look for 2017. Stockli positions it as either an everyday all-mountain freerider-with its 88 mm waist it's a likely choice for Easterners in that department-or as a credible candidate for occasional touring in Western locales for someone who's willing to lug a few extra grams in return for uncompromised downhill performance. It weighs 3,110 grams per pair in the 177 cm length. 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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