Product: Stockli Stormrider 88 168cm and Nordica NRGy90 169cm
Environment & Conditions: Verbier Switxzerland, all over the mountain
Height: 170.5cm (just a tad over 5’7”)
Weight: 11stone 11 pounds (74.5kg)
Ski Days/Season: 20
Years Skiing: 35
Home Area: Live in London, Ski in France
Preferred Terrain groomers, terrain park, bumps, off-piste, trees (ie All)
Ok, so after losing 8kg (17.5 pounds) over the last year, and being a lot fitter (now run 4-5 miles most mornings) I decided I needed to treat myself to some new skis.
I was looking for an all mountain/weekend ski around 88 wide.
They needed to be able to be skied fast on piste, do tight turns down steep couloirs, and be able to handle up to a couple of feet of powder. A hard ask I know, but hopefully not from the reviews of these 2 skis that I’ve read.
So after much research here I decided on the NRGy90 and the Stockli SR88
1. Stockli Stormrider 88 168cm
· The Stocklis felt very light. I have owned the MX78 168cm (liked), MX83 173cm (didn’t like, felt it was a bit too much/long), MX88 (liked, but a bit too stiff)
· These felt a bit ‘limp’, now I know people here think these things were made by a team effort of God, Buddda and Allah but I’m sorry they didn’t float my boat. I think they need at least one sheet of metal.
· I don’t like super stiff skis but these were on the other end of the spectrum, down there (almost) with the Q90
· They didn’t feel confident on piste, yes they were easy to turn on the steeps, but off piste thru crud they just weren’t cutting it
· For some bizarre reason tho I could really lay them out and do long fast gs turns, they had a higher speed limit than the stiffer Nrgy90’s
· Overall I think these were a tad too short and not stiff enough for me
2. Nordica NRGy90 169cm
· These have one 0.5mm sheet of metal and are definitely a tad stiffer than the SR88 (but not much)
· I preferred these better, better on piste, just as easy to turn
· Still not great in crud tho, I think they need to also be a bit stiffer
· You can ski them fast/big gs turns, but at very fast speeds they weren’t as stable as I would like
· That’s their only fault tho (maybe I am being too picky). I liked these skis and would recommend them. In fact in the absence of something better I might buy them as Italian ebay here has them cheap
· I have a pair of Nordica Steadfast HellandBack 90 wide in 170cm which, even tho are a couple of years old I think are a better ski than either of these 2 above, I don’t know maybe I’m going mad.
· I think my perfect ski would be a 170-171cm MX88 but with only 1 sheet of metal. Not sure if such a thing exists. I’d be grateful for any recommendations