Ski Review 2022/2023: Race SL

Short turns, hard slopes and high speeds are your passion? Then these slalom skis are the right choice for you. Sporty skiers will experience top-level performance with the models in the Race SL category thanks to their agility and great edge grip, and are also well equipped for racing. For these racers, however, a fair amount of skill and stamina is required. In the 2022/2023 WorldSkitest, the latest models from the best-known ski brands were tested. Here you can find out how the new slalom carvers performed.

Racers for the supreme discipline of slalom

In the Race category of the WorldSkitest, slalom carvers (SL) and giant slalom models (GS) are tested in annual rotation. At the 2022 ski test in Silvretta Montafon, it was again the turn of the slalom models. The highly sporty models are equipped with numerous features from the World Cup. Thus, they offer top performance on the slopes and are also suitable for racing. Although they are somewhat less aggressive and easier to control than the racing skis of the top athletes, for these slalom carvers you still need a good physical condition, sufficient strength in the legs and a flawless technique. If you meet these requirements, you will experience short radii and aggressive turns in the upper speed range with these powerhouses.

Just how high the quality of the slalom skis is is shown by the close test results. Two models received the grade "Excellent" and the other skis were also consistently rated as "very good" or "good". Among the testers in the Race category were former ski pros such as Manfred Pranger, Hans Enn and Jure Kosir.

>> This is how the models are tested at the WorldSkitest

Target group Race SL: sporty and highly athletic skiers, racers

Test winner: Stöckli Laser SL

Stöckli Laser SL
Stöckli Laser SL © Stöckli

The victory in the Race SL category goes to the Stöckli Laser SL. It is an old acquaintance on the winner's podium and was already among the top in this discipline in past ski tests. With excellent ratings in all areas, the agile slalom pro delivers top performance on the slopes. The Laser SL was also visually convincing and thus, in addition to gold for performance, also takes the bronze medal in SnowStyle.

Long turns8,1 / 10
Short turns8,2 / 10
Edge hold8,2 / 10
Stability at speed8,2 / 10
Physical effort8,4 / 10
Final score41,1 / 50

>> More info about the Stöckli Laser SL can be found here!

Second Place: Atomic Redster S9

Atomic Redster S9
Atomic Redster S9 © Atomic

Also with the mark "Excellent" the Atomic Redster S9 secures second place. The highly sporty slalom racer convinces with top scores in the areas of stability at speed and short turns and promises plenty of fun on hard slopes as well as in the slalom course.

Long turns8,2 / 10
Short turns8,2 / 10
Edge hold7,9 / 10
Stability at speed8,2 / 10
Physical effort7,9 / 10
Final score40,4 / 50

>> More info about the Atomic Redster S9 can be found here!

Third Place: Fischer RC4 Worldcup SC Pro

Fischer RC4 Worldcup SC Pro
Fischer RC4 Worldcup SC Pro © Fischer Sports GmbH

As third place, the Fischer RC4 Worldcup SC Pro also makes it onto the winner's podium again. With its outstanding edge grip performance, it always ensures the best grip, no matter how hard or difficult the slope is. With 38.7 points, it achieves the test grade "very good".

Long turns7,5 / 10
Short turns7,7 / 10
Edge hold7,8 / 10
Stability at speed7,4 / 10
Physical effort7,9 / 10
Final score38,3 / 10

>> More info about the Fischer RC4 WC SC Pro can be found here!

All test results for Race SL

RankSkiPointsRatingPrice (RRP)
1 Stöckli Laser SL41,1 / 50excellent
SnowStyle Bronze
1.419,00 €
2Atomic Redster S940,4 / 50excellent1.099,99 €
3Fischer RC4 WC SC Pro38,7 / 50very good999,99 €
4Salomon S/Race SL Pro38,3 / 50very good1.100,00 €
4Völkl Racetiger SL38,3 / 50very good900,00 €
6Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti38,0 / 50very good
SnowStyle Gold
900,00 €
7Blizzard Firebird SRC37,7 / 50very good1.000,00 €
8Nordica Dobermann SLR RB FDT36,4 / 50very good
SnowStyle Silver
999,95 €
9Elan ACE SLX Fusion X35,1 / 50very good949,95 €
10Dynastar Speed Omeglass Master SL33,6 / 50good1.120,00 €

(all prices incl. binding)

>> Detailed Skitest results can be found at the linked ski model

In the Race category, SL or GS models are tested in annual rotation. Due to the one-year Covid break (2020/2021), the last Race SL test took place in the 2019/2020 season.

>> To the Race SL ski test from the 2019/2020 season
>> To the Race GS ski test from the 2021/2022 season

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last update on Nov 20, 2022