Stockli Laser AR (2014)
Above all, testers loved the spring-loaded rebound of the Laser, a ski that jets out of one turn like it can't wait to get to the next. Slalom turns, they said, are its forte (especially in our 174-cm test length), and the No. 1 ski in Rebound Energy has no trouble getting quickly across the fall line and onto the next edge. But it can be coaxed into longer turns as well, and while it also put up high scores in Hard-Snow Integrity (No. 1) and Stability at Speed (No. 2), it's just wide enough, and just soft enough tip and tail, to be fun and - even with all that rebound - manageable. Dodge: "Fun, fast, and twitchy."
The Laser AR is a race-inspired all-mountain ski built for high-speed-carving enthusiasts, with a wider waist than other models in the Laser family so it won't trench too deeply on soft groomers. Its sidecut radius is optimized for short- to medium-radius arcs. In addition to the wider waist, it gets a touch of tip rocker for terrain-smoothing shock absorption, plus a layer of rubber in the tail for softer, less demanding turn finishes. The Laser Series includes six models of Stockli's highest-performing frontside precision carvers, incorporating race-inspired technologies in detuned constructions appropriate to resort conditions. All are built on narrow waist widths for maximum edge grip and edge-to-edge quickness on hard snow. All are wood-core constructions, for dampness, responsiveness and durability, with full-length vertical sidewalls for optimized edging, and Stockli's fastest high-density graphite race bases. All are metal-reinforced for high-speed calm, using two sheets of titanal. Stockli Skis, now 75 years old and under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||159, 167, 175, 183|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.01 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.83 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||4.12 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.46 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.99 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||1.34 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.18 / 5|