Ski Review 2017
SKI REVIEWS 2017
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Stöckli Laser SX [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Without a shadow of doubt, the Laser SX from Stöcklī is a machine designed to carve and carve again. The ski is made to carve out wonderfully accurate turns with the precision of a... Swiss knife!
Turn initiation may not be the best, but once you're into the curve, the ski is amazing. Unflappable, even at high speed on hard pack, the ski stays on track, seeking to round off the turn as naturally as possible. What's more, its phenomenal grip lets you ride out radical angles. As one reviewer remarked: "it invites you to lean out further and further"...
Liked: Incredible grip and stability in turns
Super carver with a natural inclination to round off turns
Excellent snow contact
Simple to operate if you ...
Disliked: Inertia and a feeling of weight underfoot
Not so comfortable in skid turns or slide turns
Stöckli Spirit EVO [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
One reviewer summed it up perfectly as "simple, agreeable and fun".
Simple: The Spirit EVO from Stöckli instantly gives riders confidence. It's immediately user-friendly a few rides downhill confirm the ski's docile and tolerant character, easily forgiving any pressure or positioning mistakes. It is extremely comfortable thanks to the quality of the ski/snow contact.
Agreeable: the ski's overall behaviour is excellent, offering riders a lot of enjoyment. Overall performance is at the top of the category and the reviewers particularly appreciated the quality of turn hold. The model is grippy and incisive, with solid pressure.
Fun: stiff, energetic, the Spirit EVO is lively and playful, mainly due to its responsive initiation and fast turn entry.
Very lively and endearing, the Spirit EVO is truly enjoyable. It's the ideal mix between performance and accessibility for good to very good skiers.
Liked: An intuitive and user-friendly ski
Sound behaviour, forgiving
A playful, lively and fun ski
Very good stability
Disliked: Nothing special...
Stöckli Stormrider 88 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
As is often the case, Stöckli has given us an excellent product with all the quality of Swiss manufacturing as an added boon.
The first impression is one of great comfort... probably due to its Swiss origins too. The ski cuts across the terrain and requires little engagement. It links turns smoothly and easily. Docile and tolerant (as long as you don't put too much pressure on the front), it responds to the tip of the finger. And even more, because youll find that if you want to play about a bit, the ski loves to join in.
This mix of comfort and liveliness is extremely enjoyable. It's really great, especially in short-radius turns on soft snow.
The very flexible tip and the front of the ski nonetheless means that the rider needs to get a central positioning and should avoid putting pressure on the tongue. For the same reasons, the ski becomes less stable at high speeds when the tip begins to knock and vibrate.
The Stormrider 88 well deserves its place in the PROSKILAB review as one of the best skis on the market. It's the ideal ski for what one of the reviewers called "all mountain cruising".
So it's an excellent choice for middle-of-the-road to good skiers who want a ski that's both engaging and playful, for funky rides on all types of terrain.
Keen speed freaks and lovers of steep corridors will probably prefer a stiffer ski like the Kendo or the Brahma
Liked: Excellent accessibility, tolerant,
Good overall efficiency
Dynamic and playful behaviour
Great grip in short-radius turns
Disliked: A flexible tip that tends to vibrate and knock at high speeds
Lacks stability at high speeds
Rider needs to be well-centred due to the ski's flexib...
Stöckli Stormrider 97 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
High-performing, comfortable, versatile and well balanced, the ski stands out for its all-round qualities. A real Swiss knife, it will take you anywhere, on all terrains and snow conditions and in all types of ride, without shining in any particular area. It requires little engagement, even if initiation is a little slow. However, once into the turn, the performance is smooth and the grip excellent thanks to its stiff tail.
Off-piste, it planes well and pivots easily in deep snow, while rides through crud and difficult snow are consistent with this category.
When you step up the adrenalin at high speeds or on steep slopes, the ski remains highly efficient, even if it's not quite up to the standard of the H95 or the Mantra.
Once again, the reviewers were full of praise for this ski, ranging from "a good ski" to "a very good ski". Versatile, accessible and adaptive, the Stormrider invites intermediary riders to improve their technique. We recommend this model for good skiers who want to make progress both on and off piste and for very good skiers who're looking for versatility on all terrains.
Liked: A well-balanced, consistent ski
Comfortable and generally agreeable
Tolerant and smooth
Excellent piste/off-piste versatility
Disliked: Some reviewers regretted a certain lack of character...
Stöckli Spirit Motion [click]
Type of ski : Women's recreational groomers
Already reviewed last year, the Spirit Motion from Stöcklī has not changed much and continues to put the emphasis on accessibility. Once again, it confirms its highly user-friendly nature.
The reviewers were particularly impressed with the easy turn initiation, the progressive nature of the skid turns, and the consistency of the snowplough. In addition, it has good grip which is reassuring for skiers on hard pack.
The ski is flexible (which makes for easy handling) but is less happy when we step up the pace. In effect, the reviewers found it lacked character to some extent and there was a loss of stability at high speeds.
While it's not at the top of its category, this model well deserves its place in the very exclusive selection made by PROSKILAB. We recommend the Spirit Motion for beginners to early intermediate skiers who mainly want to improve their skid turns and snowplough skills. Skiers who want to work on their carves should look for a slightly more dynamic model.
Liked: Very accessible overall
A light ski
Happy in skid turns and the snowplough
Good grip and turn performance
Disliked: Lacks character and stability...