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Is anyone familiar with this "Euro" model Fischer RX9?

post #1 of 16
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This is not the RX9 from a few years ago that was so well received at the time. Apparently, this ski was not offered in the American catalog but was later offered to some N. American Fischer dealers with special closeout pricing. Seems like a good deal on a solid well constructed ski with full sidewalls. I'm looking for a fun carver to improve my technical carving skills on shaped skis. I would be using this ski on the small hills I have access to locally. Mostly groomed conditions with around 400-700 ft of vertical drop. What do ya think? http://www.coloradodiscountskis.com/store/product2182.html

post #2 of 16

I think it looks very much like someone took a  RX8 mold from when it was first offered in N.A. and badged the result with  RX9 decals.

 

This is not a bad thing, really.

I'd ski it.
post #3 of 16
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The specs are slightly different between the two, 68 waist vs. 65 for the RX8's. Looks like the RX8 is a tighter turning ski naturally. I'm seeing 2010 RX8 Pros offered w/FS11 bindings for $550+. I don't know which binding is better. The seller says they are modeled off the Super race with same construction but a different sidecut. It sure seems like these are a good deal at 400.00+

 

I've demoed the Progressor 8's my first time out earlier this year in a suggested 165cm (I'm 6'1 and just over 200lbs) and it was a fun ski, perhaps a bit more versatile @ 120-72-103. I've had the opportunity to ski several different skis out west, (longer, wider and more all mountain) and different stuff than would be appropriate for my home turf.

post #4 of 16

While a shorter radius might be a better tool for game improvement that still looks like a fun ski, and a little more versatile.

post #5 of 16

In case anyone is wondering, the RX8 Pro Reski mentioned comes with either FS11 or FS10 non-railflex bindings that mount directly to the FP9 plate. These bindings have 7-8 mm of delta built in (heel 8 mm higher than toe) with no way of removing it like some of the Looks with lifters. I had to make a shim and hunt for longer screws to get this down to a normal amount of stand height delta.

post #6 of 16

Ski Depot (ski-depot.ski) also has this ski.  When I spoke to them about it, they said the ski was made to move an excess of the old outdated Fischer (Tyrolia) bindings.  That makes sense to me because the ski seems to be a hybred of the RX8, RX9 and SC.  That said, I expect that this would be a great ski.  I ski on RX8s with this generation of binding and love them.

post #7 of 16
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Picked up a pair locally (RX9 in165) for just over $4 bones with FS10 bindings. Have skied them twice. End of season, freeze thaw, freeze, regroom. thaw and freeze stuff. A bit slushy with a little ice first time out, warmer conditions. Sugary stuff with ice patches here and there, and much colder conditions, the second time.

 

I'm not enamored with them but they worked okay. Kinda stiff, and a bit squirrely at times. They do grab and cut a corner when you get them on edge, but for me they are not very fast. If I ski them a dozen times and get close to half back on a resale, I'll be happy. I think I will out grow these fairly quickly and will want something longer. I would have bought a 170 if it had been available.


Edited by Reski - 3/3/11 at 3:37pm
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by youngsman View Post

Ski Depot (ski-depot.ski) also has this ski.  When I spoke to them about it, they said the ski was made to move an excess of the old outdated Fischer (Tyrolia) bindings.  That makes sense to me because the ski seems to be a hybred of the RX8, RX9 and SC.  That said, I expect that this would be a great ski.  I ski on RX8s with this generation of binding and love them.



It's ironic that it has been so hard to go into a ski shop and just buy a pair of stand-alone bindings while Fischer had so many excess bindings they had to make a ski just to get rid of them.

post #9 of 16
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Yeah, that story seemed a bit of a stretch to me too. I was told this was a Euro release that was made available here late season as a closeout. No mention of 'outdated' bindings.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Reski View Post

Picked up a pair locally (RX9 in165) for just over $4 bones with FS10 bindings. Have skied them twice. End of season, freeze thaw, freeze, regroom. thaw and freeze stuff. A bit slushy with a little ice first time out, warmer conditions. Sugary stuff with ice patches here and there, and much colder conditions, the second time.

 

I'm not enamored with them but they worked okay. Kinda stiff, and a bit squirrely at times. They do grab and cut a corner when you get them on edge, but for me they are not very fast. If I ski them a dozen times and get close to half back on a resale, I'll be happy. I think I will out grow these fairly quickly and will want something longer. I would have bought a 170 if it had been available.

 

Interesting combination of perceptions.
 

 

post #11 of 16

I had a pair of RX8s for several years and liked them.  Great eastern ski for all but powder and spring conditions.  I replaced them last spring with the Progressor 8+.  A definite step up from the RX8 and more versatile.  Didn't pay much more than what they're asking for the RX9s.  I'd look for a deal on the 8+, 9+ or 10+.  Since they are being replaced with new models next year, there should be some nice prices out there soon.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post



 

Interesting combination of perceptions.
 

 

I can see where you might think that.  It could be due my lack of technical ability, coupled with bad habits carried over from skiing on straight skis. I really need to take a couple of lessons to get the mechanics of carving on shaped skis down.

 

I said the skis are fairly stiff because they are. I also said they are a bit squirrely because they can be if you don't stay on them. That said, when I successfully edged them, they really grabbed and tracked out some nice turns. I would have preferred a 170, had it been available, because for my size, I think they would be more stable and faster too.

 

There was a guy about my size and ability, sking a pair of 2005 Volkls around 183 in length, kind of a GS type ski. With me following him, making the same turns, he'd really start putting distance between us after the top third. I attribute that to the extra length on the snow. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I have been demoing all mountain skis in high 170's out west and was comfortable on them. I was perhaps a bit skeptical on the recommendation for a 165 for the little hills around here. Again, my purpose for purchasing this ski was to have a ski for improving technical carving abilities and for practicing on the small hills locally.


Edited by Reski - 3/4/11 at 11:28am
post #13 of 16

One small hill game you can play is "100 turns".     The goal is to make more turns per vertical than your last run.    Outside ankle pointing down the fall line = 1 turn.  Doesn't matter how you make the turn, just remember that if you stop the run doesn't count. No stopping.  

 

If you can get 70-80 (full, 90degrees to the fall line) turns per run on your 700 foot hills, that's doing fairly well.   If your muscles start complaining by 3-4 runs of this, you know you need to move more efficiently.     Your body, through its aches and pains, will also be giving you clues as to -how- to move more efficiently. 

post #14 of 16
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Comprex, thanks for the tip. I'll try that next time out. Hopefully skiing is no done here yet. Icy rain today and 40's forecast for tomorrow.

post #15 of 16

Anyone else been on these?  I see a number of places are selling these in 170 for just under $400.  Been looking into a good recreational racing and frontside ski (I'm an Eastern intermediate) and didn't know if these would fit the bill...

post #16 of 16

Yes, RX9's are good skis.  Good grip when properly tuned, good hold on Eastern ice, good in the bumps if you ski bumps.  Not meant for powder days, but a good choice for your stated purposes.  I don't race so I don't know if there are any qualifying standards that apply, or if RX9's meet those standards.  The RX9 does not have a SL turn radius (RX8 does), so it's probably not the right ski for SL courses.

 

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