Length Tested: 177cm
Dimensions/Turn Radius: 136-85-110 15.6m 177cm
Camber (select one, delete the rest): Early Rise
Binding: Demo or Suggested: Head PRD 12
Mount point: 1cm back for about 8 runs, on the line the rest
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Snowbird
Number of Runs: aprox 25
Snow Conditions: perfect groomers, funky refrozen, and stiff wind buff
Demo or Own: demo
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 37
Aggressiveness: finesse based, strong, aggressive
Current Quiver: race skis and fat skis
Home Area: Stowe
Preferred Terrain: I like skiing
Review: Stockli's new 'Y' series of skis consist of two models, the Y77 and the Y85, the number represents waist width. These skis are hands down the most 'modern' shapes to appear from this venerable Swiss brand, known for extremely high quality, but reserved, skis. The most notable feature of the 'Y' is the long bulbous shovel which tapers to a rather sharp tip that gradually rises off the snow. The tip has about 10cm of taper and early rise, the widest point of the ski is, well... wide. 136mm that then quickly reduces to 85mm underfoot, it's a shovel that we would normally see on a ski with a waist over 100mm, if we were talking about a 'traditional' shape. This isn't. Wide early rise shovel, mid-fat waist, dramatic taper and a sub-16m turn radius. Hmmm... how's this going to work?
Pretty darn spectacularly, that's how. It rolls from edge to edge quickly and pulls you across the hill with near slalom ski power, then the tapered tails kick in and allow a fluid change of turn shape. In wind buff and refrozen chalk the shovel kept the ski on the surface, this is no fat ski, that's for sure, but the float from the front half of the ski adds amazing versatility to a ski that feels this good on groomers. Oh yeah... groomers. The design of this ski is going to generate a lot of comparisons to the BBR, which is deserved. What is different is the ski is 100% Stockli. The phenolic sidewalls and well known Stockli construction's smooth feel make this ski amazing at laying deep trenches in even the firmest of firm snow. There is no chatter, no flutter, just confidence inspiring power. For a ski with this much grip, it can also make short work of bumps and funky snow conditions. This thing is something special, it isn't instep with the current trend of making frontside skis 'smearable' and 'user friendly', it's a pure carver- a very technical ski, it's just a really versatile pure carver.
Conclusion: Imagine a Head Supershape Titan. Imagine a Head Supershape Titan that will make whatever turn shape you want, with better grip, in more snow types.
Pros: technical feel, precise, powerful carver that can handle funky snow with no problem.
Cons: Doesn't mask poor technical skills of the pilot.