Stockli Stormrider 95 (2014)
This is telling: The Stormrider was the second-widest ski entered in the Mixed Snow East category, but everyone was talking about its edge grip and precision carving. Also telling: Despite all that width, it ranks only No. 5 for Flotation. Yes, its tip is rockered, but subtly so. It's more of a camber ski, for guys who like to work a long, strong edge. Testers warn it comes to life only at high speeds, requiring firm, expert direction as well as a level of energy some don't have or care to exert. But its power is unchallenged. Hogen: "A bullet train. Does not make local stops."
Stockli positions the Stormrider 95, with its 95 mm waist, as a suitable everyday ride for experts who embrace extra width for all-mountain applications. It's a Light Core construction with Stockli's Powder Rocker profile - for optimized soft-snow performance - but its moderate width gives it hard-snow versatility. 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||174, 183, 192|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.99 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.63 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.64 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.45 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.93 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.71 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.22 / 5|