2020 Stockli Stormrider 88

Swiss-made Stockli skis have a reputation for being solid, damp, and unflappable at speed. In the all-mountain category, those are difficult qualities to master, as skis seem to have some, but not all. The Stormrider 88 is a burly ski that is both quick and fun, so they seem to check a lot of boxes in that regard. With a light wood core and a titanal topsheet, these skis are both quick and stable, and the rip rocker gives them a bit more float in the soft snow. The tail is all there, though, so for skiers who are looking for a wider version of a more piste-oriented ski, the Stormrider 88 is a solid choice. For off-trail adventures, the skis prefer to be on the snow making more technical turns, but they do that really, really well. Our testers loved the carving performance of the Stormrider 88, and couldn’t get over how stable they were and the high confidence level that they inspired.

Steve Sulin loved the stability, torsional stiffness, and versatility of the 177, which he found to be the appropriate length. His overall impression of 5 out of 5 is very impressive, as he found it to have a great combination of quickness and stability. Maneuverability scored a 4 out of 5 for Steve, and he loved how “stable the 177 was at speed. Moreover, the Stormrider 88 is stable at all speeds, so that’s a positive, too.” Off-trail, Steve was able to put this thing in the moguls, testing out the 88 mm waist and the cambered tail. He found it “good in bumps and quick edge to edge.”

Rick Randall got on the 186 cm length and found it to be a great length. His top scores were 5’s for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. His low score for playfulness is not surprising, given how stiff the tail is. “Super-smooth and stable at speed. I was skiing much faster than I thought as this ski was just so solid. Definitely more of a GS style turn for advanced skier type of ski.” Rick goes on to accentuate the natural feeling of the ski: “Just eats up the terrain in front of you and makes the run so comfortable.”

The 177 was a good length for Kelby Furrer, who scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for versatility. “They crushed everything and I was laying in some powerful carves. You need to know how to ride them though as they are not for beginners. They’re so much fun. The tip rise lets you run through chop like a boss. Light and playful but still hard and confidence-inspiring.” Even though it wasn’t required by our scoring system, Kelby took it upon himself to call it a 9.5 out of 10.

Also on the 177, Dave Marryat loved the stability, quickness, maneuverability, and torsional stiffness of the Stormrider 88. He calls it “stable and confident on hardpack and crud. Handled side-trail soft snow with ease. The camber profile combined with the metal makes it an east coast killer.” Sounds like David was a fan of the Stormrider 88!

This fantastic ski has an awesome mix of quickness and stability, so for skiers looking to lay down those serious carves but want a more versatile setup, the 88 should be at the top of the list. This is a premium ski that performs as such, and advanced and expert skiers will love the dampness and overall usability of this amazing product.

Testers

Michael Rooney

Age: 72Height: 6'0"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise with a racing background

Dave Carter

Age: 61Height: 5'9"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: They don't call me "carving" Dave Carter for nothin'

Dave Marryat

Age: 30Height: 5'11"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Snowboarder trying to make the most of these skinny things

Kelby J. Furrer

Age: 29Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Awesome blend of speed and style

Steve Sulin

Age: 44Height: 6'"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

Rick Randall

Age: 45Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Efficient and technical with a love for speed

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 41Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

Mike Aidala

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

Parker Herlihy

Age: 21Height: 6'4"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Marcus Shakun

Age: 39Height: 6'5"Weight: 225 lbs.

Ski Style: Powerful, but playful with the terrain

3 Comments on the “2020 Stockli Stormrider 88”

  1. Hi SE
    I am 46, 6’1”, 170 lbs, advanced/expert (still some technical difficulties off trail on difficult snow or in deep powder but really confortable on piste, level 2 Canadian instructor), exercising 2-3 times a week, I have been skiing for 30 years and still ski 2-3weeks a year: Mammoth, Whistler, Fernie, Aspen, ….
    I am looking for all mountain skis as I have larger ones for softer days (Volkl 108).

    I tried the Salomon xdr 88 ti (too light), armada 89ti ( did not like the difference of stiffness between the front of the ski and the rest of it), the Rossignol experience 88 2019 in 180 cm (not confidence inspiring at speed on hard pack), the experience 94 2019 in 182 cm (I liked it even if it felt less balanced from tip to tail than the Brahma), the enforcer 93 in 177 (did not like it: it felt kind of « dead » to me even if it was stable and tolerant) and the blizzard Brahma 180 (I really liked the versatility, the tolerance, the weight and stability but I am wondering if I need that much stiffness).
    How would you describe the Stormrider 88 compared to the Brahma. I tried the 2019 sr95 in the 177 length which was amazing: so stable and so smooth, tolerant, quick enough edge to edge. But this one was really shining when I was skiing at 100% and I don’t see myself skiing like this for a week or in technical sections with bad snow off trail. I did not have such a demanding feeling on the Brahma.
    To summarize I think that I am looking for a Brahma which would have a flex a little bit softer if that makes sense.
    Pierre

    1. Hi Pierre!
      I was pretty surprised at how lively the Stormrider 88 was. Solid and stable to be sure, but also very energetic. The shape and rocker profile aren’t what I’d call “playful,” so you might get some of that high-demand characteristic that can wear on you after a few days. But overall, I’d call it a more energetic Brahma with a pretty stiff tail. Have you checked out the Volkl Kendo 88 or the K2 Mindbender 90 Ti? Worth a look, I’d say. Have fun!
      SE

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