My $0.02's worth...
The set-up: Laser SL 171cm with Tyrolia FF bindings and Tyrolia 15mm plate.
Me: 6' 4" and a little over 200 pounds. Advanced skier, ie ski most black runs well in good light conditions and will sometimes venture offpiste, if not too ratty and chopped-up.
Location: 3 weeks in St Anton, Austria - Feb/March 2006
I was going to buy a pair of Fischer WC SC, but demoed the Stoeckli's and that was it - smitten! Nearly fell over on the price EUR820, but paid it anyway a day later (after some soul-searching).
The 3 best things
about these skis:
- Instant feedback - do it right and get rewarded, get lazy or sloppy (eg weight back or straighten the outside leg) and you will get punished immediately.
- Huge amounts of edge hold, even on the boiler-plate ice common on lower runs in Austria.
- They feel really agile and quick edge-to-edge. This actually made moguls a bit of fun, but as long as they were not too close together (or huge) - then the ski a felt a little stiff for my abilities.
I was also amazed at the stability at speed - there are plenty of runs in StA where there is an uphill in the middle, hence the need to tuck. The Stoeckli's were just as stable, and glided further, than my just-retired Atomic 10.20 Beta Rides (in 190cm).
The three least-liked
- The price. Could have bought the Fischer WCs for EUR390.
- The ski/binding combo is heavy - at least when you are carrying them to the station/airport (and I thought the Beta-Rides were heavy).
- Slop or breakable crust can be hard work, but then I expected that of this type of ski (ie relatively narrow waist and stiff). I ski powder up to my knees and had a lot of fun, but I think I would hire something wider if I was going serious BC (eg heli-ski or guided tour way out back).
All in all, as you have probably guessed, I am very happy with my choice. It is a ski that will help me improve and will keep stretching me for some time to come.