Anyone searching for a definition of the modern SL ski should always include the Stöckli Laser SL as a reference. Be aware it is not the best SL ski in the world. But if we want to talk about an uncompromised SL that fulfills all the essentials of this category, the Stöckli Laser SL does it exceptionally well.
It goes into every single turn and we will be surprised of how fast we are skiing, while linking short and clean cut turns one after another. All this comes with levels of precision, stability and control feeling which are above other SL skis. It’s got an excellent medium radius, a point which is not so apparent as in many skis from this category. Wide curves are obviously not in the strengths list. However, it doesn’t break down easily in that kind of scenario, we should be skiing remarkably fast for that to happen.
As in every excellent SL, its reactivity is remarkably strong. If we play hard with it, it will play hard with us. A great amount of what we throw at it will come back to us quite abruptly. So it’s much better being aware and prevented. Because of this, applying an accurate technique and a more sporty position will allow to avoid some unwanted flights (edge shifting in the air).
Anyone looking for a good SL ski but not wanting to end up exhausted after just some runs, will find that the Stöckli Laser SL is a very good choice. It feels light and easy in all turns. The only drawback will be when skiing bumps, because its reactions should be controlled and tamed. The cut while turning on the edge feels moderate and precise. However, we will be allowed to slide the tails whenever we want to practice a wedeln-style run with the upper body firmly looking at the valley without any hook or heavy feeling from the rear end. Whatever happens, the tip always slides in and therefore the edge engages nicely. From this moment on, if we ski just a bit good, everything occurs spontaneously.
The Stöckli Laser SL is painted in blue as it was on the last season. There are no remarkable visual changes. The brand’s name appears at the tip with enormous letters in contrast to the sobriety seen on other models, such as the Stöckli Spirit. This is a “warfare” ski, a weapon, and it’s painted consequently. As it happens in many SL skis, it incorporates a small hard plastic protection at the tip avoiding scratches, holes, and marks that can ruin the general looks very soon.
Not being ridiculous at all, the external look is quite similar to what one may expect from a racing ski. But the result is a bit restrained, not being exaggerated in the tone, color or the distinctive marks. This adds a plus because we can walk around with this ski without calling everyone’s attention, despite its sporty profile. Last, not having any decoration in the ABS plastic cover gives it a handmade feel and look, and from my perspective this is another nice point that should be considered.
The Stöckli Laser SL is an SL ski with all the qualities you might expect from a high performance, high quality ski of this category. It will satisfy powerful skiers used to these sporty profiles and will do for those who have achieved enough proficiency in the short turns as well. If we ski gently, we will feel comfortable and will be able to make as many turns as desired without compromise. But if we are decided to pilot this ski, we will realize we are on top of the pure SL breed.
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