Stöckli Stormrider 95 (2014)
Nobody has ever called a Stöckli wimpy or cheap-feeling. In fact, the Swiss brand’s abundance of power, which in past years often felt inaccessible, is what kept it out of many tester top fives. But with the all-new Stormrider 95, the clouds have parted. “Unbelievable power in a much friendlier, more manageable package,” said one tester. On groomed snow, testers of all styles and sizes channeled their inner Bodes, but its off-piste agility was the real surprise. Experts across the country should take a close look at this worthy Testers’ Choice medalist.
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||Tester's Choice, Official Selection|
|Lengths||174, 183, 192|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.07 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.50 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.72 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.57 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.93 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.96 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.24 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.58 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.47 / 5|