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Stockli SR88 and Nordica NRGy90 review

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Product: Stockli Stormrider 88 168cm and Nordica NRGy90 169cm

Binding: Demo

Environment & Conditions: Verbier Switxzerland, all over the mountain

Username: Beejay

Age: 42

Height: 170.5cm (just a tad over 5’7”)

Weight: 11stone 11 pounds (74.5kg)

Ski Days/Season: 20

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Aggressive

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

 

 

Other notes:

·         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

 

Many thanks,

BJ

 

 

post #2 of 12


They're too soft?  Then go longer.

 

A longer softer ski (as opposed to a shorter stiffer ski) usually allows a smoother ride and higher speeds when off piste.

 

 

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How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.

post #3 of 12
Also tried SR 88:s (184) pitted against my Sollie Xride 88 FS (179). Very heavy conditions with ungromed humid snow.
Me too found the SR 88:s a little vague for this.
My ski buddie (45 year old, ex-racer, good shape) agreed that the FS 88 was the clear winner. I found them easier, more stable, better respons, much higher speed limit.
Tested in Arabba and nearby. 2 foot of new, heavy snow. Fog. Snow. Bumps.
In dry, easy conditions, I'm sure the SR88 will shine. It's def a great ski.
You should try the Xdrive 8.8 FS. It hand flexes super stiff, but might surprise you positively!
Edited by Karlsson - 3/4/16 at 12:56am
post #4 of 12

Interesting! I have found the SR88 to be very buttery and soft at the tip, forgiving and very easy to ski, but that is an interesting review.  The nRGY is a very easy, smooth ski too, but a bit different design with the tail being completely different in flex, taper, and rise. 

post #5 of 12

I suggest you try the Volkl Kendo, I think you'll like.

 

The Nordica Enforcer 93 might be something to try too.

 

I'm also surprised you didn't like the Stormrider. Granted it been few years since I demoed it.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Many thanks for the replies that is much appreciated

 

So I now have on my to try list:

1. Volkl Kendo

2. Head Monster 88

3. Salomon X-drive 838 FS

 

Hopefully I can find a crudbusting, good in powder, good on piste ski out of those :)

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by beejay View Post

·         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 don't think you're mad at all.  I own the big brother to your Steadfast (Hell & Back2), and it remains one of the best skis of its size.

 

You might consider adding the Head Monster 88 to your list.

 

Agree with @crudmaster's recommendation to go a little longer.  You sound like a bit of a charger, so a little length could be your friend.

post #8 of 12

good observations, that's why it's so key to demo. the magic ski may be one you don't expect.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Just as a quick update for anyone that is following this. I rented the 172cm Powertracks in the weekend. They were quite good, a heavier/tougher ski that the SR88s. Stiffer too (obviously I suppose). The shape looked a bit weird tho.

They were good on piste and fine to blast down steep slopes. Easier to blast thru crud than the SR88s. Powder they weren’t fantastic for some reason.

 

All in all a very good ski, probably a 9 out of 10. Trouble is I’m looking for a 10 out of 10 so will keep looking.

So I think I like a stiff ski (but not MX88 stiff) that is good at speed on piste but can also float in powder.

 

I’m away easter wkend so will try and rent the Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS, but from what I’m reading they are a very very stiff ski and seem to be suited for heavier skiers.

 

So I might be putting all my hopes into this mythical Head Monster 88 but from what Im reading it does seem to be getting great reviews. Fingers crossed!

 

Cheers

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by beejay View Post

Just as a quick update for anyone that is following this. I rented the 172cm Powertracks in the weekend. They were quite good, a heavier/tougher ski that the SR88s. Stiffer too (obviously I suppose). The shape looked a bit weird tho.



They were good on piste and fine to blast down steep slopes. Easier to blast thru crud than the SR88s. Powder they weren’t fantastic for some reason.



 





 



I’m away easter wkend so will try and rent the Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS, but from what I’m reading they are a very very stiff ski and seem to be suited for heavier skiers.



 





 



Cheers



Don't believe everything you read. I've skied the xdrive 8.8 FS a season now and it hand flexes very stiff, but it skies a lot softer. No question it does reward agro skiing and has no speed limit, but it is easy to skid, slarve ... what ever you want to call it. You don't have to be Ted Ligety to appreciate them. They easy to like. Give them
a try if you can.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks, what's it like in powder?
post #12 of 12
Haven't skied it in deeper than boot high (has this seasons weather been f****d up or what), and it was really nice. Probably be ok in deeper too. But don't expext it to "float" like a real powder ski. Otoh, I'd be surprised if any 88 mm ski can. Also, out if 10 skiing days, how many offer waist high fluff?
It's a great all mountain ski that is super for variable conditions. It shines in s**t f**k and at higher speeds on hard groomers.
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