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Stockli Stormrider 95 (2017)

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Stöckli Stormrider 95

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Rating: 3.11 / 5
Price: $1099.00
Year: 2017
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 95
Tip/Tail/Waist: 131-95-120
Lengths: 174, 183, 192

Stability at speed: 3.74 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.61 / 5
Crud performance: 3.51 / 5
Flotation: 3.20 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.26 / 5
Overall: 3.11 / 5

Testers had to ding the Stormrider 95 for lacking forgiveness (it pretty much demands capable skiing) and quickness (its 95-mm waist feels like all that). But while it isn’t particularly easy to ski, it’s a blast at high speeds, with plenty of edge power and carveability. Plus it’s an excellent floater in morning powder with unshakable stability for afternoon crud. Elling: “Great shovel dampness for mowing down piles and staying on top of it all. Drivey and strong.”

Notes: A 95 mm waist width makes the Stormrider 95 a likely choice for Eastern freeriders who aren't afraid of a little width. It's designed to be edgy enough for hard snow performance-with a race-like vertical-sidewall laminate construction-but rockered and buoyant enough for the occasional powder day. Like the Stormrider 107, 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.A 95 mm waist width makes the Stormrider 95 a likely choice for Eastern freeriders who aren't afraid of a little width. It's designed to be edgy enough for hard snow performance-with a race-like vertical-sidewall laminate construction-but rockered and buoyant enough for the occasional powder day. Like the Stormrider 107, 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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