Stockli Stormrider 100 (2014)
Don't be scared, and don't judge all Stormriders by your past experience on them. This Stormrider isn't the most forgiving ski in the category, but it has a lighter side that surprised a lot of testers. It still requires attention and isn't the quickest in the bunch. But the trade-offs are worth it: No. 1 in both Stability at Speed and Hard-Snow Integrity; No. 2 (tied) in Rebound Energy. The Swiss precision is still there (and still an unavoidable cliché), but the freeride mentality shines through. Elling: "Stormrider family traits are apparent, but with a new, more accessible attitude."
The Super Light core of the Stormrider 100, comprising a blend of ash, ceiba and balsa, makes it an appropriate choice for short to medium backcountry tours. Stockli further optimizes it for AT applications with its Frontlock system, shaping the tip and tail for easy attachment of climbing skins. Its 100-mm waist gives more edge-to-edge quickness and hard-snow versatility than the Stormrider 107. Like the 107, it features Stockli's Powder Rocker profile - pronounced in the shovel, subtler in the tail - for deep snow flotation. 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.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||166, 174, 182, 190|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.13 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.46 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||4.21 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.80 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.97 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.29 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.47 / 5|