When you already have the AX and the SR, in my view the SL will offer the smallest overlap and will provide a different dimension.I don’t even have bindings on the Stormriders that i just bought and am eying up the SC’s, SL’s and SX’s. This group is hard on my wallet.
I hear that quite often from many people.The SL is the best ski I have ever skied, and I've owned a lot of skis.
Contrary to common belief, a pair of FIS SL is great in slush. Don't believe me? Ask @James .I only tried the 2016 model in 160 cm but in conditions totally unsuitable for any SL ski-soft snow/slush.
While doable, it wasn't the best experience, but it is quite understandable, these ski are not made for this.
And besides, after the heavenly bliss that AX in 175 are, 160 was just too short and took some getting used to.
I know. At first the feeling was like the tails were too long, too bity, which of course is ridiculous. It took 3-4 runs until I found the balance. And they still felt short perhaps because I am too used to the 175 and just used to see....more ski when I look down. Yeah, stupid, I know, but it was that way.If 160 is too short. You have fore aft balance issues.
Paging @LindseyB !I’ve been skiing a few years, averaging 25 days a year out west, which is pretty good for someone in Florida. I don’t own skis because I haven’t found that near perfect pair until ... I demo’d the women’s Stockli Nela 88 (160) on 2/28. Yes, I remember the date, the time, the alignment of the sun, moon and stars.
My research tells me the Nela 88 flat will likely be MSRP $999+. Admittedly, this cost, plus bindings, is not in my budget. I’m seeing that new women’s Stormrider 85’s are coming available for a more approachable cost and they also include bindings.
Other than the slight difference in waist and length, is there a compelling reason to wait another year for the Nela?
This is the PM I sent Tiki.
Just took delivery of my new SR 85’s today. Thanks!This is the PM I sent Tiki.
I wouldn't waste another year of your ski life not being on a Stockli. Appease your budget and get the 85.
I don't feel that the difference between the 88 and 85 is noticeable enough to justify the higher cost if you can get a sweet deal on the closeout 85. Just make sure it is new and unused. Demoed skis are not likely to feel the same as what you found in the 88 as the demo shops usually put cheap tunes on the skis.
The 85 and 88 are very similar, almost identical in feel.