Review: 2016 Stockli Stormrider 95 183cm
The new Stormrider 95 from Stockli went on a huge diet, losing 300g off what was already a very light ski. New carbon reinforcement in the tip, results in a laterally stiffer yet lighter layup. Perforated metal laminate further shaves weight and allows the ski to be bent by mere mortals such as myself. It was the first ski tested at Copper. I will update as I get more time on it.
Skier info: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, can ski the entire mountain competently, prefer steeps, bumps, trees, and groomers, in that order. Ski with a cross-under technique; relaxing, pulling the feet back, redirecting energy, extending into the belly of the turn.
Conditions: 2 runs, a full length groomer, then off into some bumps. 2nd run was windpack to 4-6” of new, crud at the bottom, more bumps typically.
It was a good test, as we got on the Kastle FX95 HP almost immediately afterward, as well as new Fischer Ranger 98.
The Stormrider 95 perhaps was as good a ski as could be asked for. It felt like a current Stockli: if you have skied one in the past few years, you know the feel. GS dampness, smooth, very easy to ski, light on the snow, above average stability. These skis are not like the Stockli Stormriders of old, the Scot Schmidt era of I-beam stiffness. The 95 feels like it has less taper in the tip than the 88: this style of tip works really well for how I ski, and the type of turns I like to make. 183 cm was not too long whatsoever: it felt a touch short actually. Don't shy away from this length if you are my size: the Mantra in 177cm feels like much more ski. The first run, on a groomer, was a joy on the Stormrider 95. It was a very capable carver, easy to initiate, with excellent edge hold, although not quite as good as the FX95 HP. It may have been the easier ski, felt more “carver-ish” than the 95, a better choice perhaps if you really need one ski to do everything. In the windpack, I loved it; the tip got above the snow and stayed there, and the ski was exceptionally forgiving; I could make no mistake that punished me. It also felt very capable in the bumps, as the entire Stockli lineup these days seems to. It really liked the essential foot-pull back movement and extension into the trough, probably as the tip was quite soft. Not much deflection in crud, although perhaps a tiny edge to the FX95 HP in junky snow. Nothing anyone would notice, however. The Stockli was the smoothest ski of any model I tried. It felt buttery, which is a special feel, as it is anything but a noodle. The quality of construction is apparent, just in snow feel. Feels like a buttoned up luxury car one minute, and a quick powerful playful rally car the next. If it lacks one thing, it is zing at the end of the turn; doesn't finish like a ski with a stiffer tail, like an MX98 or even Motive 95.
I loved it. Was it the best in test of the 95's? Arguably yes, but I know of 3 or 4 others that would have a say about that. It couldn't possibly let me down however; so easy to ski, and with all the top end any skier really needs. Other than that, what is missing? Aside from the not-cheap $1099 price. You get what you pay for though. No way I would pay $699 for a Mantra if I could save up another $400 for this ski.
Similar skis tried; feel free to ask for comparisons.
Fischer Motive 95
Fischer Ranger 98
Head Monster 98
K2 Pinnacle 95
Kastle FX94 HP
Blizzard Bonafide 98
Dawgcatching.com is a Stockli dealer, and as a sponsor of this site, I pen a lot of reviews, as unbiased as possible. We do ask that you support Epicski and the sponsors here (such as myself), who do a lot of hard work getting these reviews up and contributing to information, which is the most thorough on the web. Taking advantage of the Epicski discount and supporting the hard work of sponsors is one way to do that, so that we can continue to bring you reviews of quality that you will not find anywhere else. And great service too; we won't put you in a bad ski, and if we do, we will make it right.
Edited by dawgcatching - 2/7/15 at 9:16pm