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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018



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Stöckli Stormrider 88 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
Unanimous favourite with the PROSKILAB reviewers, Stöckli’s Stormrider 88 placed the bar just that little bit higher, becoming a market benchmark. On piste, it does its job well. It’s a very well balanced, globally efficient ski, with good grip that holds astonishingly well in turns for an all mountain ski. When we step up the pace, turns are still remarkably clean and the ski remains exceptionally stable. Icing on the cake, the Stormrider 88 gives an impression of lightness and facility that's highly enjoyable. Turn initiation, in particular, is very responsive and requires little effort. It keeps its qualities off-piste, and is docile and easy to handle. It cushions the terrain incredibly well and effortlessly cuts through lumps of crud. It’s a reassuring ski that will help less adventurous riders to engage with confidence. In our opinion, it’s one of the best skis on the market in this All Mountain/freeride category. We recommend it for a wide range of riders looking for an extremely versatile ski that’s happy both on and off piste and... who have a nice thick wallet, as the Swiss brand doesn't come cheap; the recommended retail price for this model is 900 euros. We should also point out that really athletic and heavier riders will probably prefer the Kendo, which is stiffer and more performance-oriented.

Liked: Overall performance Good grip Turn performance Versatile Comfortable on choppy terrain Accessible ...

Disliked: Nothing special...

Stöckli Laser SC [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
In this Carvers category, we ask the suppliers to send us skis designed for speed and slicing clean arcs, but less technical and specialised than race-oriented skis. Perfectly happy in this category, Stöckli's Laser SC is one of the best on the market. The model stood out for its overall performance and its consistent, reassuring behaviour. However, it got top marks mainly for its progressive qualities and its capacity to push the boundaries performance-wise. It’s a ski you can use every day, but it can also challenge riders’ limits. It’s retained its extremely high-speed qualities in very dynamic turns and has exceptional stability for this size (170 cm) as well as excellent turn performance that allows skiers to carve truly dynamic turns at hair-raising speeds. In addition to this highly positive list of qualities, we would add its amazing energy that makes the ski particularly lively and playful, especially in short turns, where it’s outstanding. A ski that "puts a smile on your face" according to the reviewers. We recommend the Laser SC for good to expert skiers who want a reasonably demanding and very athletic ski.

Liked: Overall performance Amazing in short turns A progressive ski that you can push a long way Remains user-friendly Exceptional stability for the si...

Disliked: Slightly less at ease in skid turns...

Stöckli Stormrider 95 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
This year, the Stormrider 95 by Stöckli topped the podium in this very competitive category. The reviewers were unanimous about the features of this particularly versatile model. The basic qualities are certainly there: good grip, turn performance, flotation in deep powder... But it’s the ski’s stability and its capacity to adapt easily on all terrains, even the most difficult, that really carried the day. The way it cuts through choppy snow and lumps of crud is mind-blowing. You just need to position yourself and push off, and the ski will do all the work whatever the conditions. It’s fantastic for good riders who'll zip down the slopes like champions... Shaped for long turns and speed, it features a relatively long radius (+17m in the size tested), but is less intuitive and easy to handle at slower speeds and in short turns. On the piste, it does pretty well in all turns, but lacks playfulness. The Stormrider 95 is becoming a benchmark in this highly competitive segment. It’s a remarkable ski that we recommend for good to expert riders looking for a tool that’s both nimble and versatile, particularly in freeride.

Liked: Incredible stability Good turn performance Cuts through the crud Good grip/anchoring Flotation in powder Happy on all terrains Easy to use and...

Disliked: Less playful on the piste A bit more demanding in short turns and at slower speeds ...

Stöckli Scale Delta [click]
Type of ski : Men's high-end
Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!Best Accessibility/Enjoyment!
With 83 mm underfoot, Stöckli's Scale Delta is extremely versatile. Its progressive flex and width at the waist mean that it performs well on all terrains. Snow contact is excellent. The ski couldn’t care less about choppy snow and cuts through irregular terrain like butter. After a few turns, you quickly realise that the Scale Delta responds to a touch and is incredibly tolerant and docile. Turn initiation is intuitive, and steering is reliable and reassuring. Pushed to its limits at high speed, the ski remains calm, holding perfectly tight to its trajectory. "Pure bliss!" one of the reviewers beamed. On the other hand, it falls a little short on hard pack where pressure is less incisive, especially compared to the Dynastar or the Nordica. Compared to an ordinary ski, the Scale Delta is a bit like a luxury 4-wheel drive in relation to a standard car: easy to drive, versatile, fast, comfortable ...and expensive! At €900 euros the pair of skis alone, it’s certainly not for everyone. Nonetheless, it’s an excellent product that we recommend for riders looking for both the versatility of an all mountain ski and the performance of a piste ski.

Liked: Versatile Very accessible Good in all snow conditions and on all terrains Smooth in long turns Stable Comfortable, cushions the terrain Enjoy...

Disliked: Behaviour falls short on hard pack...

Stöckli Stormrider 85 [click]
Type of ski :
Testers' ChoiceRecommended by our reviewers!
We've been keeping an eye on the remarkable progress Stöckli has made with its all mountain models for several seasons now. This year, the Swiss brand carries off the "best ski" awards in these categories, with a special mention for the excellent Stormrider 85. Easy to handle and tolerant, it responds to a touch and is extremely forgiving. Its versatility got warm praise from the reviewers: the ski is happy on all terrains, including rough snow and crud, where it stays extremely smooth. The perfect one-quiver ski, it adapts to all conditions and whatever choices a rider makes. Skiers can smoothly ride out wide slide turns, but can also take on steeper slopes thanks to the ski’s incredible energy and excellent grip. It’s the ideal All Mountain/freeride tool for carefree cruising along the groomed trails or to wander off-piste when the conditions are right. Highly recommended by PROSKILAB for good to expert riders looking for a model that’s both energetic and versatile.

Liked: Very accessible An energetic, responsive ski Fast and easy turn initiation Incredibly satisfying A real all-rounder Great stability off-piste,...

Disliked: A relatively demanding ski both technically and physically Requires more physical engagement in short turns ...

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