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Waist Width: 111
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126-85-111 (@ 160)
Lengths: 160, 170, 180, 190
The returning VXL, with 85- to 88-mm waist widths (depending on length) is designed for all-mountain frontside performance, with greater hard-snow edge grip and quickness than the wider Stormrider models offer. It’s rockered in the tip only. Tip and tail are shaped for easy, secure attachment of climbing skins. Stockli’s Stormrider series is a collection of seven models built for adventuresome freeriding. The series includes the Swiss brand’s top sellers in the U.S. market. Waist widths range from a powder-ready 107 mm down to a touring-appropriate 75 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 uniquely 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, now 75 years old and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne.