Stockli Laser GS 2005 Ski Review
A few days had passed in Zermatt and by the time I got down the list to the Stockli Laser GS I knew the rep quite well. He said he had a treat for me and handed me his very own Stockli Laser GS! He had been tuning them all the previous day - I felt honored - and keen to make use of what I had been entrusted with.
Model: Laser GS
Size(cm) / Radius(m): 168/18.1 174/21.1 180/21.2 186/22.7 192/24.4
Sidecut : 103/64/88
"Ski for the highest standards. Serial production of the original world cup ski."
First impressions were not dissimilar to the Laser SL, apart from the visual change where the vivid blue had been replaced with a deep red. I always thought green was the colour of envy…
Up the lift, down the first run and once again I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at just how remarkable both Stockli and these skis are. The Stockli Laser GS are right up my street—a true race thoroughbred.
Super edge hold, speed which will push many to their limits, pinpoint accuracy and blink and you will miss the transfer from one edge to another. Stability seems second to none, even my old Dynastar course 64’s, and they will gracefully hold a line through even Super G turns.
The Laser GS, like its slalom counterpart, is a ski which need only be skied by those serious about taking full use of the tool they possess. Old fashioned skiers will need to completely change their style to adapt to the Laser way of thinking. You will need every ounce of concentration - fully committing to every move. The feeling of exhilaration through the final gate or the bottom of a piste will make it more than worth the effort - trust me. Watch the pro’s first hand or on the television, then take these out for the day, come back physically drained but with adrenalin coursing through your body and a huge smile on your face cursing nightfall or the lifts closing. You gotta love skiing…
I have previously voiced my opinions about manufacturers giving certain skis an unfounded level of elitism by publicly aiming them to “Experts” and “Professionals”. However in this case, it is more than apt.
These skis are a Hand full! but if you are not sure if you can handle them demo them, and it will be one hell of an experience.
As I have said before, when you buy Stockli you by the same specification the World Cup racers use.
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