The 2020 Stockli Stormrider 105 is the widest in the Stormrider collection, and has a strong focus on soft snow and big-mountain skiing. This is a hard-charging, all-or-nothing type of ski that loves high speeds and steep fall lines. The 179 cm length has a 20-meter radius sidecut and that is perfect for making all shapes and sizes of turns. The titanal topsheet keeps vibrations to a minimum and provides some much-needed stability when you hit those high speeds. The Stormrider 105 has tip and tail rocker profile, and this, combined with the width of the ski, makes it an ample floater. It’s safe to say that our testers were thrilled with the freeride and all-mountain capabilities of this slick ski.
Kelby Furrer ripped a few runs on the 179 and found it to be just the right size. His highest score of 5 out of 5 for versatility is a clear indicator right out the gate that this is more than just a powder ski. The soft snow capabilities should be obvious, but the fact that Kelby found it to be so much more than that is a good sign. “The Stockli Stormrider 105 is a top of the line ski. Turning and hard carving are effortless. They’re extremely versatile as well.” Great info coming from Kelby, who even though gave average scores for quickness and playfulness, still found the 105 to be a multi-faceted tool for any and all conditions.
Also digging on the 179, Evan Caha called the Stormrider 105 “fun, stable, and confidence-inspiring. They carve Easter ham like butter.” Great image, Evan! He loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold, which is a great compliment to Stockli and their ability to make a 105 mm underfoot ski perform with precision and poise. In terms of sizing, Even noted that the Stormrider 105 “skied longer than expected but I liked it because I could really get some forward pressure and take the reigns.”
Annie MacDonald took the 170 out for a spin and loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold of the Stormrider 105. Her scores of 4 out of 5 for versatility and overall impression are impressive as well, although she was ambivalent about the quickness, playfulness, and forgiveness of the ski. That’s to be expected when your skis have a bunch of metal in them, but she loved them nonetheless. “Fun zooming around on these—very, very stable! Solid ski but not super-quick turning. They really liked to open up and get up to speed. Good for a super-aggressive hard ripper who likes to point them down!” Annie has a good analysis here, that they’re definitely a high-performance ski that loves to go fast!
When asked if Michael Carroll-Sherwin liked the 179 cm length, he responded “kinda.” Regardless, he did find the ski to feel “incredibly long for a 179 due to the fact that it’s one of the most stable and nimble skis out there.” Sometimes, a ski just feels so stable that it’s mistaken for feeling longer. We understand the “kinda” quote from Michael, here.
There’s a lot to like about the 2020 Stockli Stormrider 105, and our testers found all of the high-performance nuggets that the skis have to offer. From the stability and versatility to the edge grip and flotation, the Stormrider 105 has a ton to offer skiers in the market for a top-end freeride ski.