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Stormrider Motion

Stökli

2015

rating3.09

price$1098

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.76 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.69 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.75 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.64 / 5
Overall: 
3.09 / 5
Flotation: 
2.45 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH84, 85, 86mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST127-84-109 (159); 12

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS159, 167, 175

MSRP: $1098.90
RATING: 3.09 / 5

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The new all-mountain women's ski from Stockli has an 85-mm waist, so it's preferred habitat is groomed snow, but it's wide enough to handle mixed-snow conditions too. Stockli, known for its cambered precision on hardpack, introduces Powder Rocker in this ski-the longest rockered tip in its collection. A new wood core is 10 percent lighter than the unisex version, with linen-reinforced balsa wood combined with fuma and ash, then reinforced with metal. The wood core lends responsiveness and integrity; the metal laminates durability and high-speed calm. Vertical sidewalls give edge grip and solidity. Women's models, like the Motion, also boast a Softflex construction, which is more flexible for lighter frames and easier to control. Stockli Skis, now under its third generation of family ownership, is based in Wohusen, Switzerland, near Lucerne.

Stormrider 88

Stökli

2015

rating3.41

price$1098

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
4.15 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
4.04 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.42 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.83 / 5
Overall: 
3.41 / 5
Flotation: 
2.75 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH88mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST127-88113

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS168, 177, 186

MSRP: $1098.90
RATING: 3.41 / 5

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You know who you are. Patrol does too; they just can't catch you. Testers anointed this the true speed demon of the Mixed Snow East category. It wasn't just No. 1 in Stability at Speed; it was No. 1 by a lot. And it's surprisingly versatile, too. Testers gave it high marks for its crud skills, but they were so blown away by its race-ready, Swiss-made precision in fast arcs that it was almost all they could talk about. Expert hard-snow chargers (who can afford it) will meet their match; intermediates will be overmatched. Moffatt: "Smooth, solid, awe- some. I want to make an analogy to some luxury car, but I've never driven one this nice."

Stormrider 95

Stökli

2015

rating3.63

price$1208

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
4.09 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.87 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.51 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.78 / 5
Overall: 
3.63 / 5
Flotation: 
2.89 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH95mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST128-95-117

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS166, 174, 183, 192

MSRP: $1208.00
RATING: 3.63 / 5

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For a Stockli, the Stormrider 95 struck testers as almost forgiving. But it's still a ski that'll outrun you if you don't stay on top of it. Its groomed- snow excellence isn't merely a factor of its relatively nar- row width. Stockli heritage shines through: two sheets of metal, sturdy sidewalls, high- quality base material, etc. It adds up to smooth power and trustworthy edginess on hard snow. Dyer: "For bigger, stronger Western chargers, it's an A-plus choice."

Spirit Motion

Stökli

2015

rating2.63

price$1098

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.05 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.93 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.39 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.35 / 5
Overall: 
2.63 / 5
Flotation: 
1.58 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH66mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST122-66-107 (150); 12

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS150, 155, 160, 165

MSRP: $1098.90
RATING: 2.63 / 5

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Stormrider 107

Stökli

2015

rating3.13

price$1429

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.90 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.04 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.60 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.39 / 5
Overall: 
3.13 / 5
Flotation: 
3.10 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH107mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST135-107-127

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS

MSRP: $1429.00
RATING: 3.13 / 5

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How fat can you go without sacrificing groomed-snow performance? The Stormrider awed testers with its hard- snow grip. Looking for some- thing surfy and playful? Try something else. Testers have come to expect power and precision from Stockli, and this ski delivers. It's unshakable in crud, loves long arcs on soft groomers, and prefers to travel through deep snow rather than surf on top of it. Larson: "Forgiving for a Stockli. Great versatility for on-trail skiing."

Vanisher

Scott

2015

rating2.19

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.34 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
1.62 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.96 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.39 / 5
Overall: 
2.19 / 5
Flotation: 
3.38 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH102, 104, 106mm

TIP/TAIL/WAISTn/a

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS157, 163, 173

RATING: 2.19 / 5

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The Vanisher, a new women's midfat from Scott, shares the same geometry as the men's Punisher but is constructed with a full wood core made of extra-light Paulownia wood. Its waist width varies depending on length, from 102 to 106 mm. It features rocker tip and tail, for soft-snow flotation and a loose, easy-pivoting performance. It's sidecut features two different radii in the tip and tail with a section of straight-sidecut free edge underfoot, designed to add stability at speed and predictability. Vertical sidewalls further enhance edge grip.

The Ski

Scott

2015

rating2.59

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.92 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.93 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.09 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.55 / 5
Overall: 
2.59 / 5
Flotation: 
2.43 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH88, 89, 91, 92, 93mm

TIP/TAIL/WAISTn/a

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS155, 165, 175, 180, 185

RATING: 2.59 / 5

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Scott's The Ski is a new model that reaches back into the annals of skiing heritage. The Ski was originally a model developed by freestyle skiing pioneer Bobbie Burns, who lives in Sun Valley, where Scott USA is based. This tribute version uses the original graphic but is a contemporary design, with an elliptical (or humped) top sheet that saves weight while stiffening torsional rigidity. But under the top sheet it's a laminate construction-not cap-with a wood core milled in an arch-topped shape. It's designed to be a soft-flexing, forgiving, all-mountain generalist (the shortened sidewalls below the arched top give it a less aggressive edge bite than full-sidewall skis). Tip rocker absorbs terrain shocks and adds soft-snow flotation. Scott's 3D Sidecut breaks the ski into three sections, with a straighter section underfoot and traditionally deep sidecut radii in the tip and tail. This is designed to improve stability at speed and give the ski a playful easy-pivoting feel. The Ski features a new version of 3Dimension sidecut, with a section of long-radius (rather than straight-line) sidecut. "The Ski is quick, nimble, and user-friendly. The turn shape is completely predictable. It rips at speed, and has a light liveliness that played well in the bumps," said Bob Gleason.

Punisher

Scott

2015

rating2.50

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.37 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.08 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.08 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.26 / 5
Overall: 
2.50 / 5
Flotation: 
3.61 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH106, 108, 110mm

TIP/TAIL/WAISTn/a

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS173, 183, 189

RATING: 2.50 / 5

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Though it's been updated over the years, the Punisher is a longstanding member of the Scott collection-an all-terrain twintip designed with plenty of rocker in the tip and tail. Its width changes with length, ranging from 104 mm to 110 mm in four different lengths (163 cm to 189 cm). The sidecut is unusual: there's a long section of straight sidecut underfoot, along with traditional sidecut in the tip and tail. The idea is to enhance stability at high speeds while preserving an easy-to-pivot feel. The construction is all wood core with no metal laminates. The Punisher was tested in the Mixed Snow West category. Here's what testers said: Todd Casey: "This skied better than I thought it would. It's predictable, a bit skiddy, but a perfect blend of new and old." Bob Gleason: "These skis are cool, calm, and collected. The punisher is a smoothie and easy to predict. The turn shape is well defined in a middle-of-the-road fashion. It enters the turn with ease and follows through in a well coached way." Sam Bass: "This is a crud destroyer! It's easy and smeary off trail and on groomed it makes big round turns. It's not quick but it's very secure and grippy." Dan Withey: "Easy and predictable. The tip rocker allows for easy turn initiation. It's a fun all-mountain ski, good for a lot of skiers." Scott Basso: "It handled the crud nicely and was stable at speeds with a bigger turn radius. It was not a lively ski, although it was damp."

Scrapper

Scott

2015

rating3.24

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.23 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.13 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.10 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.88 / 5
Overall: 
3.24 / 5
Flotation: 
4.09 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH122, 124mm

TIP/TAIL/WAISTn/a

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS180, 190

RATING: 3.24 / 5

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The Scott Scrapper is a powder-specific twin-tip in Scott's Freeski collection. It's the biggest ski Scott makes, with a 124 waist (in the 190 cm length). It's a stiff, wood-core laminate construction with no metal (metal would make a ski this size too heavy) and a sidecut that wants to carve long arcs in wide open spaces. Full-length vertical sidewalls give it solidity on edge. Scott's 3-D sidecut breaks the ski into three sections, with a straight section underfoot and traditional sidecut radii in the tip/tail. This meant to help improve stability at speed and give the ski a playful, easy-pivoting feel. Scott gave it a decent dose of rocker in the tip and tail, just enough to loosen it up and smooth the ride in broken snow. As with many Scott models, the waist width and tip/tail dimensions vary by length to provide consistent performance throughout the size run. Here's what testers say: "Buttery smooth feel. Laying it over felt so good. It's super agile and very quick on the draw. It can handle conditions from west coast heavy snow to light blower in the Rockies." - Mike Britt "This ski is a blast. It looked forward to the nastiest of conditions and took care of business for you. It was comfortable charging and cruising. It just wanted to be out in the snow." - Mike Rogan "I was surprised by how fun and easy to ski the Scrapper is. After a long pow day, the Scrapper felt good on the legs." - Luke Larson "Big and burly - these skis are huge. These things are great in pow, but are a lot to handle in other situations. If you like to run and gun, then these are for you. They're tanks!" - Jeremy Benson

Luna

Scott

2015

rating2.48

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.49 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.40 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.06 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.56 / 5
Overall: 
2.48 / 5
Flotation: 
2.22 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH84, 85mm

TIP/TAIL/WAISTn/a

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS156, 166

RATING: 2.48 / 5

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The groomer-oriented Luna, which is similar to the men's Reverse, features a relatively narrow waist for quickness and hard-snow bite, along with two sheets of metal reinforcement for a quiet, calm ride at speed. The concave shape of the Venturi tip is combined with a small (200 mm) dose of tip rocker to smooth the ride in rough conditions. Scott's Dual Radius design combines a larger radius section in the tip with tighter radius elsewhere to give it a forgiving feel and enhanced versatility of turn shape. Hollow tip-to-tail channels are milled out of the wood core to reduce weight. All of Scott's women's specific constructions are designed to be lighter and livelier than their men's counterparts.

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