The 2020 Stockli Stormrider 85 is a fantastic choice for upper-level ladies who are looking for that all-mountain ski with a ton of energy and stability. Look no further than this amazing ski if you prefer carving up the front side in the morning and ripping through the trees and steeps later in the day. Built with a super light core and a titanal topsheet, the Stormrider 85 is a bit lighter and narrower than the 88, but still has amazing grip, rebound, and versatility. With a turn radius of 14.4 meters at the 161 cm length, this thing loves to be on edge while the tip rocker keeps you afloat in some fresh or broken snow. These things will plow through anything that you can find, and they have a high speed limit for those who are looking to push the velocity envelope. Our testers loved the all-around performance of these skis, and more than one commented that they would really like to have one of their own.
Shannon Walton loved the 161, giving it top marks in pretty much all categories except flotation. This is no surprise, due to the width and the less-pronounced rocker profile, they’re certainly more at home in the carving position. “All-around strong ski. Super fun, can do short and medium turns. When you tip the ski, the edge engages immediately and holds firmly.” That low tip rocker can also be attributed to the ease of hook-up into the turn, as it requires less leverage to get a lower-rockered ski on edge. She goes on to say that “this ski is so smooth and stable yet fun and playful. #1 ski tested—LOVED IT!” We’ll end there.
A more direct approach from Lauren Lepage: “I want this ski! Holy Sh1t!” Also on the 163, Lauren apparently thought it was the right size. “The response and edge to edge control is like no other ski. Very powerful and smooth. Incredible amounts of fun.” Not surprisingly, Lauren’s scores were all pretty high, with quickness and playfulness the only categories to score 4’s instead of 5’s. I guess we’ll see Lauren out there on some Stormrider 85’s next winter!
Jana Ross liked them so much that she skied both the 161 and the 168. She found both lengths to be acceptable and scored nothing less than 5’s out of 5 for all categories. “I LOVE THIS SKI! It’s quick, playful, yet holds me well in faster and longer turns. Bumps, no problem as long as I put a bit of effort into it.” Sounds like Jana loves the new design. “This ski is my new best friend! Can’t get enough!” So far we are 3 for 3 in testers using CAPITAL LETTERS to express their joy.
Sounds like Katrine Wolfgang will be adding one of these to her fleet. She loved the 161 that she tested, so much so that she “didn’t want to hand it back. It carved through icy hard pack like a knife. Smooth and fun. At first, I thought it was heavy, but skiing it you don’t notice.” That’s usually a good sign that the ski is balanced and well-made, and Katrine is picking right up on the Swiss-made precision of these amazing Stockli skis.
Shelby Parenteau skied the 161 and found it appropriate. As such, her scores of 5 out of 5 for stability and edge hold are pretty strong numbers. Her low score of 2 for forgiveness isn’t a shock, as they’re pretty stiff. “Not a typical choice for me, but they were very user-friendly and I found them very fun. Really able to lay an edge and dig a trench on these babies.” Shelby has more of a freeride versus carving background, so it’s no surprise that she comments on the weight: “A heavy ski, but that’s to be expected.”
When nearly all of your testers use capital letters and cuss words to describe their feelings to the skis, you know you’re on to something pretty hot. As a premium product, this shouldn’t be surprising, especially given Stockli’s reputation as ski-building perfectionists.