Stockli Stormrider Pro (2015)


Rating: 2.91 / 5
Price: $1538.90
Year: 2015
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 105, 106
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-105-123 (190); 1
Lengths: 190, 201

Stability at speed: 4.22 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.49 / 5
Crud performance: 3.27 / 5
Flotation: 3.38 / 5
Forgiveness: 1.87 / 5
Overall: 2.91 / 5

Built for strong experts and big-mountain freeriding, the Stormrider Pro returns again this season. It's the stiffest and most powerful Stormrider, and Stockli gives it a bit of tip rocker. It comes in two lengths-big (190 cm, 105 mm waist) and bigger (201 cm, 106 mm waist). Both models have long-turn sidecuts (27.5 and 31.8 radii respectively) for high-speed stability. Stockli's Stormrider series is a collection of eight models built for freeriding adventurers. The series includes the Swiss brand's top sellers in the U.S. market, and waist widths range from a powder-ready 115 mm to a touring-capable 79 mm (at 170 cm). Rocker profiles vary, from subtle to pronounced, depending on model, and all are classic Stockli constructions: wood cores for responsiveness, metal reinforcement for durability, and high-speed calm, vertical sidewalls for optimized edge grip and solidity. A main difference between Stormrider constructions and other Stocklis is the upper layer of metal that 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 appearance. Core compositions, though, vary from model to model. Stockli's Light Core combines two different woods-sturdy, resilient ash and lightweight fuma (a tropical hardwood). Stockli's Super Light Cores incorporate balsa wood along with the other two for additional weight savings. Here's what testers say: "This ski is not as mean as it looks. It makes me want to go find a cliff and jump off. It's surprisingly easy to make quick turns, and has lots of horsepower. Bring your A-game!" - Colin "This is a big burly ski for big burly guys. It only has one turn shape: Big. Not very agile or playful. You need big open terrain to ski with it-tight trees are not an option unless you have tree trunks for legs." - Mike Britt "The Stormrider Pro is damp to a fault. Pretty awesome, though, just plows through everything. Strong skiers with race boots will love these. They're hard-charging tanks." - Jeremy Benson "For the right guy, this is a great ski. It just kinda kicks my ass. Meaty, hefty, really stable. Sketchy on the traverse, but loves the fall line. Racy but refined." - Kevin Luby