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post #31 of 39
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
 

Always worth checking the factory tune!  

 

With that said, I have been skiing the Stockli SC the past few days, mostly off piste and in junk snow. Also some blue ice.  Checked the tune, and it is DIALED. Perfect at the tips and tail, just the right amount of de-tuning above the contact point, perfectly flat.  If I re-tuned it on a top-end Wintesteiger machine, I could possibly get it a little better, but it was at least 95% of the way there out of the wrapper.  Most skis are 50-70%.

 

Scott


My AX's were done on a Wintestegier. What is the tune on that Scott? 1/2? Also I'm thinking of picking up a pair of the SC's in a 170. I'm 6' 200lb, Want to use it as an SL. Think that 177 would be a beast.

post #32 of 39
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My AX's were done on a Wintestegier. What is the tune on that Scott? 1/2? Also I'm thinking of picking up a pair of the SC's in a 170. I'm 6' 200lb, Want to use it as an SL. Think that 177 would be a beast.

 

The SC I had in here was 1/1 throughout.  It was perfect for the all-mountain blend of skiing I am doing on it. The SC in 170cm would be perfect for a carver at your size. I use the 170cm at 5 foot 9, 155cm, as my all-mountain frontside ride.  

 

They have last year's graphic on sale right now, could order you a pair for $650 in 170 (163 also available).  I have mine mounted with an Attack 13 demo, which gives me a bit of rise and keeps the flex comfortable for all-mountain skiing. If I were going with it as a carver, I might grab a Head RX plate for it, stiffen it up a bit. 


Edited by dawgcatching - 3/3/16 at 12:57pm
post #33 of 39
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The SC I had in here was 1/1 throughout.  It was perfect for the all-mountain blend of skiing I am doing on it. The SC in 170cm would be perfect for a carver at your size. I use the 170cm at 5 foot 9, 155cm, as my all-mountain frontside ride.  

 

They have last year's graphic on sale right now, could order you a pair for $650 in 170 (163 also available).  I have mine mounted with an Attack 13 demo, which gives me a bit of rise and keeps the flex comfortable for all-mountain skiing. If I were going with it as a carver, I might grab a Head RX plate for it, stiffen it up a bit. 


Was going to use the Marker piston plate. Going to pull the bindings of the AX's and put the piston plate on those as well.

post #34 of 39
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Was going to use the Marker piston plate. Going to pull the bindings of the AX's and put the piston plate on those as well.

 

That's a sweet setup, no doubt!

post #35 of 39
I rented a pair of the Stockli Laser AX 175cm for a week in Lech Austria this past season (I'm 6'2" 173lbs ex racer). I thought it was an astonishingly great ski. I tend to like stiff, grippy, athletic, precise, racy skis and this fit the bill - it railed and ripped like a top GS race ski. But what was amazing was its versatility - it was also fun skiing at lower speeds with my kids, and the tip rocker gave it great performance in mixed spring conditions including some fresh snow, corn, slush, bumps, everything. It was also more versatile on turn shapes than most race skis which lock you into a particular arc. The AX could do either whippy SL turns or big GS arcs with ease. Finally it had that unflappable, silky smooth, confidence inspiring Stockli feel. For an advanced to expert skier this is a ski that can take any conditions or terrain on the front side, rip it, and put a big smile on your face. Am considering buying a pair for this season, though the price tag is a big gulp. Also looking at the VolKl Code Speedwall UVO skis which have a similar profile. If anyone has skied both, any comparison appreciated.
post #36 of 39

Volkl technical and dutiful by comparison. AX is an amazing thing that will have you wondering how it can do so many things even as you rip down hill. 

post #37 of 39
The AX has good torsional stiffness and holds an edge well. Longitudinally it's fairly soft. Effortless to ski at any speed. For fast cruising a GS race ski is better, and for hard energetic turning an SL race ski is better............ but for allaround easy fun skiing this beats everything else I have. Lifter plates are a good idea. My 175's use Head race plates (black/green) with Fischer bindings.
post #38 of 39

Just pulled the trigger on a pair of '17 Laser AX's in 175. Liked the color:bs:

post #39 of 39

I've been agonizing about whether to put plates on my 17 Laser AX (175), with FreeFlex EVO 14s (21 mm standing height). I was going to put some 9 mm plates, then gave up.  What do you think of your current setup (Head race plates, I am assuming the 14 mm RDX)? Would you do it again without plates? I ski in the West (PNW, Whistler, some trips to PC, Colorado, Big Sky).

 

Thanks!

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