2015/2016 Stockli Stormrider 100 Motion

The Stormrider 100 has served for several seasons as Stöckli’s shot at a mountaineering ski;. For 2016, they’ve re-decorated its Titanal top sheet, slapped the Motion moniker on it and voilà, instant lightweight women’s ski with a 100 waist.

Stöckli isn’t the only brand to blur the boundary between backcountry designs and made-for-women models.  Both markets expect some measure of weight reduction, and the Stormrider 100 addresses their shared concern by making the core from balsa wood and dampening it with filaments of linen instead of slabs of rubber.

The core is featherweight, but everything else about this ski is muscular, with Titanal laminates top and bottom and fiberglass-reinforced sidewalls.  The net effect is a relatively agile 100 that cuts trenches on piste and blasts through set-up crud like it wasn’t there.

Like any Stöckli, the Motion 100 likes to find fifth gear in a hurry, but once up to cruising speed the Footloose femmes found feline reflexes.  “Nimble, quick, lively and fun,” underscored Lisa, who “enjoyed it so much I went out for a 2nd run.  Agile and easy.”  Nancy sang the same tune: “Maybe not very forgiving, but still easy to ski.  Super fun.  Fast,” she added unnecessarily, as Stöckli and speed are synonymous.