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Looking For Replacement For My Stockli XXL's

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I loved my XXLs (2010-2011, 170), but sadly they are on their last legs, so I need to replace them and am looking for suggestions.  About me: 5'10, 150 lbs, 45-50 days per season, usually bell-to-bell.  I mostly ski at Mammoth but also some Utah and Colorado.  There were a number of qualities that made these my all-time favorite skis: I loved their thin lightweight layup.  They had great recoil and snap, but at the same time were very stable in fast GS arcing turns, incredibly easy to flick from edge to edge, very responsive in the bumps but they felt monorail-like at warp drive speeds too, great on everything from firm to smeary butter corn, and even up to moderate depth powder. They were about as close to a 1-quiver ski as I ever owned. (I have a pair of Gotamas with Marker Duke bindings for deep powder days and back-country...about the only times I will put the XXLs in the locker.)   I had previously been a Volkl skier, but once I got on these I was hooked!

 

I'd really appreciate suggestions!

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Was another Volkl convert when I first demoed the SR XL back in 2005 and then picked up the SR XXL a year or two later (original red one).

 

My SR XXL is still but as I mostly spend my time on my AT gear the XXL doesn't get the love it used to.  But if I was looking for a replacement it would almost certainly be the SR 95.


Edited by Taxman - 11/10/14 at 6:47pm
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Thanks Taxman.  Do you think the 95 cm width compared to the 80 cm of the XXLs is an issue?  I really liked the quick edge to edge snap and I'm just wondering if 95 will change that...i.e. will the edge change seem more "ponderous?"

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Wow those are some wide skis. I know I'm a jerk.
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Seems like a Stormrider 88 would be the best choice for you in the Stockli line.

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Originally Posted by doogiedoc View Post
 

Thanks Taxman.  Do you think the 95 cm width compared to the 80 cm of the XXLs is an issue?  I really liked the quick edge to edge snap and I'm just wondering if 95 will change that...i.e. will the edge change seem more "ponderous?"

 

Sure you will loose the edge to edge quickness on a wider ski (all relative but really anything over 70mm)  but you just adjust your skiing style accordingly. I'm in the process cutting my quiver of skis down from six to three and the keepers are:

 

Stockli Laser SX (178cm) for groomer days and the occasional club race;

Kastle BMX108 (188cm) for non-groomer lift assisted skiing (resort, heli etc); and

DPS Wailer 105 Pure (188cm) / Dynafit for human powered activities 

 

So other than the Laser SX all the skis are fairly phat.  Are the BMX108 ponderous?  No way, on piste they are rocket ship super G carvers.

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Just wanted to post a follow-up. I wound up demoing a bunch of skis including the bonafides, brahmas, Kastle mx88, stockli lasers and 88s, line supernaturals, volkl kendo, and some other forgettables. I wound up getting a pair of the Stormrider 95s in the 174 length, with Solomon sth bindings and...what can I say? These skis are absolutely amazing! They tear through crud, make chalky firm snow feel effortless, fly with only-a-stockli stability down hi speed GS turns, but are still narrow enough that they are super easy to flick around in bumps too. The quality of the base material is fantastic...I know I have hit a few hidden treasures, but can't even find a scratch. They aren't quite as lively as the XXLs because of the different core materials, but they have so many other strong points that I can say for sure that these have now replaced the XXLs as my new all-time favorite ski! As close to a 1-ski quiver as I am ever going to find, I reckon.
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