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Thread Starter 

Two weekends ago I skied a 2006 Stockli Laser Cross in a 170cm at Keystone, and I am still amazed with this ski.  It was blue skies with scratchy man made groom.  I have never had a ski carve this superbly, and under these conditions.  Strong, fast and love to carve with no slipping in transition from the crud to the ice down River Run.  The way they bend feels like a cross-bow...very progressive and load up with power. 

 

About me.  I am 5'9", 150lb aggressive and level 8-9, technically very good.  Ski 20-30 times a year mostly in Colorado.  I currently have the Stockli's Laser Cross, 2012 Dynastar Legend 94 in a 178cm, and Head i.peak 78 in a 177cm.  

 

I am looking for another Stockli to fill the gap between the Stockli Laser Cross and the Head i.peak 78. The Stocklis are great medium-to-short turn carvers, a bunch of fun, and easy in the moguls, however at 67M they are too narrow for any amount of snow, and too short to let them run flat out.  

 

Conversely the Head i.peaks are a great top-to-bottom flyers in groom, and just as good in 4-6 inches of fresh snow and crud. However with their stiff tails they are a lot of work staying forward and centered, not as playful, and at 150lb they are a handful in the moguls.  That leads me to something in between.  I am thinking a 174cm Stockli in 78-82M.  The Stormrider XXL, Stormrider 78, Rotor?. A ski that is mostly front side, but with no concerns dropping in off the back. 

 

I truly appreciate any and all advice and recommendations.  

 

Cheers!  Cal

post #2 of 7
Maybe give the Stolki Spirit OTWO a go if you can find a pair to try. They seem about how you described the Laser Cross but at 177cm & 75 (I think) underfoot. They have been working great everywhere at Loveland and Abasin the past couple weeks for me - 5'6" @ 150lb. They are fun in the moguls, but I would not describe them as compliant and you will want to stay with them.
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Or I could sell you my wife's '11 155sl 175gs skis dirt cheap (race only- need to move as she no longer skis for em) PM
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I'm not seeing the gap.  What you suggested (XXL, SR 78, etc.) really overlap with the Peak 78.  The skis you suggested are great, but you might as well unload the Head.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info, maybe Stockli does not make what I am looking for.  I would replace my heads with a stockli if the stockli was a better carver and a little softer tail.  

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Would have thougth a Stormrdier XXL or VXL would fit.  And there are no better carvers than Stockli but they are not a one trick pony and allow you to vary you turn shape and not just park and ride.

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Originally Posted by Windyducat View Post
 

I am looking for another Stockli to fill the gap between the Stockli Laser Cross and the Head i.peak 78. 

As others have said, there's no real gap. Look at it this way; a better skier can just make out a 5 mm difference in waist width, all else equal. (Which it seldom is.) The only reason to have three skis within a 10 mm span is if at least one has a very different performance envelope. Say two carvers at each end and a soft twin in between. But IMO even that's cramming a lot of skis into a silly small window. 

 

I think what people here are suggesting is that if you have the wherewithal to buy two Stockli's, you might think about adding something like the Stormrider 95 or 100. That would complement the Head nicely, give you some soft snow capabilities. And Taxman's right; Stocki's can handle a lot of different tasks. The SR 95 will carve better than your Head, trust me.

 

If $$ is an issue and you want to go for an older new model, then the VXL is the pick of the litter. The older Stormriders are pretty beefy. 

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