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Waist Width: 97
Lengths: 168, 177, 186
The 97 is a new addition to Stockli’s Stormrider collection. It’s described as a free-touring ski, with sufficient width and flotation for expert freeriders, but light enough for occasional touring. Metal reinforcement gives it plenty of power and high-speed vibration dampening, but lightweight core materials keep the weight down (3,350 grams per pair).
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.