Ski Review 2020
SKI REVIEWS 2020
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Stöckli Stormrider 85 Motion [click]
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The legendary Stormrider series from Stöckli continues to rack up the points this year. The women's Stormrider 85, on the podium last year for its "accessibility/performance", has stepped up to this year to take the top spot: our "Best ski".
It's a ski which is at ease on any terrain, in any conditions. The piste performance in particular is excellent. The Stormrider 85 is fun, grippy, stable and solid. This ski needs no instructions, it is "easy to tame" and you can feel it's going to be a fun ride within the first few metres.
It is its element in the off-piste, whether that means riding through powder or chopping up the variable.
A genuine "all snow, all terrain" ski - just like its brothers in the men's range - it is excellent at adapting to changes in terrain.
At around 1,000 euros with bindings, it's expensive, but you get your money's worth.
The Stöckli Stormrider 85 is an excellent match for skiers from good to expert level who are looking for a responsive ski that is reliable on groomed pistes but is capable of holding its own when venturing into different terrain.
Recommended by our reviewers!
Liked: Piste performance
Adapts to the terrain
Easy to move/manoeuvre
Good for progression
Easy in off-piste
Copes with variable...
Stöckli Laser SC [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers
Well known to the Proskilab reviewers and often positioned in the top places, the Laser SC from Stöckli is this year's winner of the "Best Ski" medal in the category.
Performance is on the programme. The ski is lively, quickly enters curves and easily deforms without excess. Its holding to curves is excellent, the ski grips, is very precise and the "pressure reactions are easy to find". The rebound at the end of curves is tonic, without being destabilising.
The ski reviewed this year appeared a little more comfortable in skidding than last year. The fluidity of skid/slip/cut transitions was appreciated by the reviewers.
What impressed them most was the stability and comfort of the ski. The SC Laser remains "laid down", in contact with the snow, tracing its curve with serenity and effectively absorbing all the different types of terrain. It evokes a great sense of security and you feel "in control" in all circumstances. It should be noted that it requires little commitment for a ski in this category.
On the other hand, at very high speed, it loses a little of its lustre: the ski becomes less clear and the presses less solid.
It is an excellent ski for this category where we prefer performance, but especially the pleasure the skier experiences. We advise the Laser SC from Stöckli to a wide range of skiers from good to expert levels.
Recommended by our reviewers!
Liked: General performance
Accessible, easy to handle
Requires little commitment
Stability, comfort, damping of terra...
Disliked: Limited at very high speed...
Stöckli Stormrider 95 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50
The Stormrider 95 from Stöckli is one of the references in this market segment. It has not changed and remains a safe bet!
The "easy to handle" ski keeps its qualities of accessibility and comfort. Its general behaviour is good, and it is reassuring: the Stormrider 95 is stable and predictable. The terrain damping, as on most skis in the range, is exceptional.
Agile, with a nose that engages well and a tonic tail, it is very comfortable in short turns (especially in the size tested). Larger radii suit it as well.
A homogeneous and versatile ski, it does the job everywhere. "Cool" slid/skid handling and cut/ carving handling on hard snow are alternated with ease at the skier's whim.
Flexible enough at the front and rigid enough at the back, it needs to be properly positioned to take full advantage of all its qualities, especially in the size tested. This size was considered insufficient by the reviewers. For committed skiers, from medium to heavy, we recommend the larger size (going up to 184 cm!) reviewed last year.
Off-piste, it proves to be generally effective, even brilliant when changing between choppy and irregular snow.
A legendary ski, the Stormrider 95 from Stöckli continues to seduce hundreds of skiers every year. We recommend it to anyone who wants a particularly pleasant and comfortable ski that is versatile and comfortable in all conditions.
Liked: Very good off-piste behaviour
Transition to choppy snow
Disliked: Reviewed in too short a size (175 cm instead of 180/185 cm as requested)
Requires a little frontback balancing...
Stöckli Stormrider 88 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 70/30
Another reference ski on this market, the Stormrider 88 from Stöckli remains faithful to itself.
The ski has not changed and displays the same qualities. It is generally very efficient, comfortable on all terrains. A relatively rigid tail allows it to guarantee a strong grip on hard snow. The ski is very stable and accelerates confidently. The terrain damping is excellent, as with the other products from the range, and the ski flattens the terrain remarkably. Transitioning to choppy snow is the best possible and the buoyancy in deep snow is good despite a relatively small waist width.
The Stormrider 88 from Stöckli is efficient, comfortable, versatile but relatively neutral on the piste. The ski does the job calmly and with great comfort but shows little playfulness. Compared to the new generation of more agile and reactive skis (new Kendo 88, Wingman 88), it loses a few points.
However, it remains one of the best skis in the segment and will delight a wide audience, from mid-level skiers to high-end skiers looking for efficiency and versatility above all.
Stability at high speed
Excellent terrain damping
Transition to choppy snow
Disliked: Less reactive at the beginning of curves, nose a little soft
Neutral behaviour on-piste...