2020 Stockli Stormrider 95

The 2020 Stockli Stormrider 95 slides right into the sweet spot of the all-mountain category. It’s an extremely useful and versatile shape, and many skiers who are looking for that one-ski quiver are probably searching this category. Stockli has done those skiers a huge favor with the solid, stable, and playful Stormrider 95. Featuring tip and tail rocker, a light weight wood core, and a titanal topsheet, these things are ready to rock in any and all conditions and terrain. Our testers were pretty much enamored with the stability and versatility of these skis, and for skiers looking for that damp yet quick ski to take on the whole mountain, the Stormrider 95 is a must-ski.

Justin Perry hopped on the 175 cm SR 95 and had nothing but good things to say about it. The lowest scores were 4’s out of 5, and those were for flotation and forgiveness. All of his other scores were 5 out of 5, so it’s safe to say that Justin was a pretty big fan of this versatile stick. “Super-fun ski in all aspects. Kills it on the steeps, the ice, and in some deeper snow.” At 95 mm underfoot, it’s certainly not “wide” by any stretch, but the rocker profile helps. He continues by calling it “fast and fun. Good luck getting to the speed limit!” Justin’s a pretty fast skier, so it’s great hearing a comment like that. The overall stability of the skis is not to be understated, especially in Justin’s mind.

Mike Aidala also skied the 175, and like Justin, found it to be a good length. He was also pretty impressed with the overall quality and poise of the Stormrider 95, scoring it 5’s out of 5 for stability, quickness, edge hold, and overall impression. His lowest score of 3 out of 5 for forgiveness can be understood based on the burly construction of the ski. Mike calls the Stormrider 95 “stout with unbelievable quickness and stability. The Stormrider 95 was my favorite ski in this category and width of the all-mountain skis.” Having a ski that’s both stout and quick in your quiver is a huge advantage for skiers looking for that versatile ski that truly does it all. Mike prefers wider skis personally, so he does “question how wide of an all-mountain ski you need.” But other than that, he’s stoked on Stockli.

Finding the 175 a bit short for him, Parker Herlihy nevertheless loved the stability and torsional stiffness, giving the skis 5’s out of 5 for both of those categories. His low scores were for playfulness and forgiveness, and that’s understandable given how the ski is constructed. That said, Parker found the Stormrider 95 to be “definitely a ripping ski! They’re quick edge to edge and best for all-mountain rippers.” Parker seems to be hinting at the high-performance level of these skis, and adding to his attitude to the ski’s “lack” of playfulness, he calls them “less playful than a K2 Mindbender 99 Ti.” It’s nice to have some direct comparisons between models!

Jana Ross skied the 166 and found it to be the appropriate length for her. She didn’t have many negative things to say about this ski, scoring all 5’s straight down the list. “This is an awesome ski for a strong and aggressive skier. I loved carving on it and felt like I can totally lean in and enjoy the ride.” Sounds like Jana could become a Stockli convert based on this review. We do not blame her.

The ~95 underfoot all-mountain ski is a tough category in which to be competitive. You have to have a good blend of stability and quickness, and it sounds like our testers are giving a strong nod to the Stockli Stormrider 95 in this regard.

Testers

Jana Ross

Age: 42Height: 5'8"Weight: 142 lbs.

Ski Style: Silky-smooth and deliberate with styles for miles

Parker Herlihy

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

Ski Style: Freeride fun with big air on the brain

Mike Aidala

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

Ski Style: As fast as the terrain allows

Justin Perry

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive all-mountain freeride

Chuck Waskuch

Age: 47Height: 5'8"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and Controlled

Steve Sulin

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

Ski Style: Smooth, precise GS turns

15 Comments on the “2020 Stockli Stormrider 95”

  1. I want to try these to see the difference from my Stormrider DP Pro’s. I am sure there are huge weight savings and the sidecut is drastically different from the 123-94-111 of the DP’s.

    1. Hi Curtis!
      They’re pretty impressive on all accounts! Definitely worth a try! We’ll have them available for demo at our Pinnacle Ski and Sports retail location in Stowe if you’re ever around!
      SE

  2. Hi SkiEssentials:
    I have a few questions for you about these 2020 SR95’s. I’m 6’0, 165lb, and I’m an intermediate skiier who is advancing pretty quickly, since I have a fairly athletic multi-sport background. I’m just starting to ski off-piste in the powder and explore the rest of the mountain. I recently demoed them “on location” in Switzerland and was absolutely blown away. Light easy feel on the groomers, the ice, and I felt confident enough to even do a chute! Never skiied anything like this. However, they have a price tag I likely can’t swing… I have the option to buy one of the previous “plaid” pattern SR95s in 184cm length, and I want to ask about whether you think I could legitimately ski the previous version with my height, weight, and ski level. I’ve read it’s burlier and since I’m a pretty light intermediate who still needs to work on technique, do you think its better to look for something more forgiving?

    I have also been considering the Elan Ripstick 96 Black Edition which I have heard is fantastically accessible for intermediate “improvers”. Would you recommend that ski in the 174 or the 181 for me?

    1. Hi Mark!
      Usually changes to the same ski aren’t large scale, so any softening they’ve done to the current model isn’t likely to be prohibitive to you. While I’d generally steer you to something more like the Ripstick, if you tried and loved the Stockli, I’m not going to talk you out of that. If you can try the Elan, you should. I’d go 181 in that ski. Have fun!
      SE

    1. Hi Larry!
      As the width of these skis increase, so do the powder-related properties. The build is the same, but with the 105, you get a more tapered shape in the tips and tails as well as a longer rocker profile. These lead to better flotation at any width, but when combined with an extra 10 mm of ski throughout, you get a ski that performs better in deeper and softer snow. Since it has the same build, the 105 still holds a decent edge and has excellent power on the groomed and variable terrain that the 95 really excels in. Take care!
      SE

  3. Thanks. I have Stockli VXL’S AND 95’S. I was looking at buying another pair of Stockli’s but was checking on the 105’s. I have Rosignol Super Sevens so I have powder covered. I will demo the 105’s next year based upon your comments.
    The 95’s are the best skis I have owned and they are fast and smooth. For individuals that are wondering if big guys can work these skis, I am 6’3” and 240 lbs. No issues at all.
    Thanks againLarry B

  4. So I have currently skiing 2013 88 Brahmas. I am 45, 6 ft tall 220 pounds. I spend 90 percent of the time on groomers, I believe in speed and enjoy both short and long turns. As far as ability level, advanced to expert, basically if it is groomed, I don’t care how steep it is. At this point in my life, I am staying away from trees and will probably only hit a couple of runs a day with moguls.

    Starting to get a bit of paralysis by analysis…looking at these, the kendos, Brahmas, maybe the mantras? Thoughts? Thank you.

    1. Hi Don!
      I think if you’re sticking to the groomed, there’s no real reason to venture wider than the 88’s, so I’d swap out the Stormrider 95 for the 88 and take the Mantra off the list since it’s basically a wider Kendo. Between Kendo, Stormrider, and Brahma, the Kendo is the middle-ground while the Stockli is on the lighter and softer side with the Brahma still being the beast of the bunch. The nice thing about the Stockli is that it has a broader range of speed compliance, while the Brahma really needs to get cooking before you can access the energy. Like I said, the Kendo is the middle ground, with a stiffer flex than the Stockli but more forgiveness and playfulness than the Brahma. I’d put in a strong vote for the Kendo 88, as it’s a strong performer with a fair amount of versatility and compliance. Have fun!
      SE

      1. Hi Don!
        How do you feel about the 180’s? It’s either 175 or 184 for the Stockli, so you’re going to have to go a bit longer or shorter. Due to their weight and maneuverability, I don’t think the 184 is too much of a reach, but if you value quickness and prefer shorter skis, there’s nothing wrong with the 175. Have fun!
        SE

  5. Currently skiing Volkl Kendo (2016 vintage). I like the Kendos’ grippiness, and their ability to plow through most anything, yet float as and when needed. Would you say the Stormrider similar or exceeds the Kendo in such categories? Any ways in which you have found the Stormrider exceeds the Kendo, and if so, what are they? Thx.

    1. Hi Jay!
      The Stockli is lighter and more flexible, especially more so than the 2016 model. The newer versions with the titanal frame build are more supple and less planky than the older versions, putting that closer to the Stormrider. In terms of shaping, the Stockli has a more flared out tail, so it prefers to finish the turn in more of a race-like capacity versus the slightly driftier Kendo, which has more of a freeride shape. The other main difference is in the sound and damping of the ski–the Stockli is very quiet and damp, while the Kendo is a bit louder. It’s still very solid, just not the low volume of the Stockli, and that’s what gives the Stormrider the higher price tag. It does a lot of the same things that the Kendo does, just lighter and quieter. Have fun!
      SE

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