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Going Stockli: Can't decide Montero AS, AW vs Nela 80?

Calinca

Certified Ski Diva
@Calinca Congrats! I love my pair. Do use caution if you find yourself in big bumps with those boards. They are not super bump friendly, not are they meant to be. Sometimes, we just end up in places with the wrong tool, and I learned the hard way and am hopefully saving you some unpleasantness.
Hi, Thank you for the advice I'll take it into consideration and be careful. I know a lot of people love bumps, I know its my bad technique ..... but I avoid then like the plague!!! :-) Now I have a serious excuse, my skis are not good in bumps!!!
 

TNtoTaos

Angel Diva
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate.
@SnowHot OK, I finally did what I've been avoiding doing for the last 2 yrs: I demo'd Stockli skis, specifically the Montero AW at 150 (I'm 5'0", 115#, Intermediate/Advanced skier), and I absolutely loved them! I've never skied anything like them, in fact. They are light, but amazingly stable and damp, yet were very verstile in the bumps, and really wanted to go fast. I didn't encounter any chatter at my top speeds, but I'm not the fastest skier on the mountain, by any means.
Now I'm really interested in a head-to-head comparison with the Nela 80 (which I haven't yet demo'd, but plan to next week, in between storms here at Taos), from someone who's skied them both. Anu=yone out there?
 

DebbieSue

Angel Diva
Hi, Thank you for the advice I'll take it into consideration and be careful. I know a lot of people love bumps, I know its my bad technique ..... but I avoid then like the plague!!! :-) Now I have a serious excuse, my skis are not good in bumps!!!
I have Stockli SCs that are “too short” for me at 5’5”, 140, but find they are great in bumps, esp those firm ones we can’t seem to avoid. They have enough stiffness to hold me on ice at my modest speeds. I chose them because I like bumps and trees but also want to up my carving technique. They have an aggressive tune 0.5/3.0 and seem to be working for me.
 

edelweissmaedl

Angel Diva
@SnowHot OK, I finally did what I've been avoiding doing for the last 2 yrs: I demo'd Stockli skis, specifically the Montero AW at 150 (I'm 5'0", 115#, Intermediate/Advanced skier), and I absolutely loved them! I've never skied anything like them, in fact. They are light, but amazingly stable and damp, yet were very verstile in the bumps, and really wanted to go fast. I didn't encounter any chatter at my top speeds, but I'm not the fastest skier on the mountain, by any means.
Now I'm really interested in a head-to-head comparison with the Nela 80 (which I haven't yet demo'd, but plan to next week, in between storms here at Taos), from someone who's skied them both. Anu=yone out there?
Are you thinking you would try to pick up a used pair of Nela 80's? Since they were replaced with the Montero AW, curious as to the strong interest in finding them to try.

I've only demo'd the AW's, but the shop guy said feedback has been that they are stiffer than the 80's were. (their construction revamp added in some Stockli laser line qualities)
 

TNtoTaos

Angel Diva
Well, here's the thing. I'd love to just buy the Montero AW's, but Le Ski Mastery doesn't want to sell their demos until later in the season, so I'd either have to buy a new pair or wait until I'm about to leave Taos to buy them, which would defeat the purpose. They are willing to sell me either a new Nela 80 at a discount, or a demo model, and they suggested I try them out, because I might not find a difference between the two skis. So I am going to demo the Nela 80's after the storms are over here, but I just wanted to see if anyone else had actually skied both and could compare them.
 

edelweissmaedl

Angel Diva
Well, here's the thing. I'd love to just buy the Montero AW's, but Le Ski Mastery doesn't want to sell their demos until later in the season, so I'd either have to buy a new pair or wait until I'm about to leave Taos to buy them, which would defeat the purpose. They are willing to sell me either a new Nela 80 at a discount, or a demo model, and they suggested I try them out, because I might not find a difference between the two skis. So I am going to demo the Nela 80's after the storms are over here, but I just wanted to see if anyone else had actually skied both and could compare them.
Ahh! Great opportunity at Le Ski Mastery:smile: Even if you can tell a difference the question would then be, are they big enough to justify the higher price?! Can't wait to find out what you end up deciding.
 

Peppermint

Angel Diva
@SnowHot OK, I finally did what I've been avoiding doing for the last 2 yrs: I demo'd Stockli skis, specifically the Montero AW at 150 (I'm 5'0", 115#, Intermediate/Advanced skier), and I absolutely loved them! I've never skied anything like them, in fact. They are light, but amazingly stable and damp, yet were very verstile in the bumps, and really wanted to go fast. I didn't encounter any chatter at my top speeds, but I'm not the fastest skier on the mountain, by any means.
Now I'm really interested in a head-to-head comparison with the Nela 80 (which I haven't yet demo'd, but plan to next week, in between storms here at Taos), from someone who's skied them both. Anu=yone out the
I have skied both and I like the Montero AW better. I like skis with some heft (usually with metal) and the AW felt just right to me. I liked the Nela but was too short and it felt a bit too light for me. The AW has the perfect combo of stiffness under foot and softness at the tips. The AW is also a bit wider and I wasn't able to demo them in the same size (the Nela 80 was 160 and the AW was 166), so take that into consideration.
 

Trailside Trixie

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I think it says something that Stockli phased out the Nela 80 sooner than later. I've heard the same mostly lackluster reviews on the Nela 88, including tibits from someone on the inside. Wonder if the Montero will be phased into the Nela 88 or wider offerings. I'm very excited to try out the Stockli Montero AW. I'm trying to find the time to do some demoing next week. Might also try the Laser SC since my skiing has improved a bit since the last time I tried them.
 

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