I recently bought second hand, a pair of Fischer RX8 skis in 165cm. I was coming from Volkl AC-3 of about 2007-8 vintage in 170cm. While I loved the AC-3s and bought them new after many demos on other skis, it is a heavy ski which takes some work to turn. The edge is great but it is just too much effort to make it pleasurable for me. A little background: I taught skiing at Vail over the first years, 1962 to 1968 and was a fully certified RMSIA instructor. But that was years ago and now I'm 72 years old but in excellent health. Ski about 20 days per year in Colorado. Have a friend who is really into understanding skis and the changing technology and that is whom I bought the RX8s from. I'm looking for a pair of used skis for my son who is an excellent skier but only gets to Colorado for 5 days a year. I'm looking for a pair of skis for him which I could use as an alternate to the RX8s.
Together, we demoed some K2 Rictors in 160cm. and loved them. Also demoed some Nordicas and thought they were pretty good too. Tried the 188cm. wide Volkls and found them to be squirrelly and not to our liking. My friend suggested the Fischer Progressor 8+ but the only unfortunate thing is they are not generally available on the second hand market. I would certainly settle on another pair of RX8s but thought something wider underfoot but as responsive in turns, would be about right. Any ideas.
A few comments on my skiing: Turns, many of them and quick are what I am all about. Being older, I want to ski steeper slopes but in total control. Reasonable sized moguls are fine, but I don't do the diamonds with a lot of big moguls. No legs for that or for that matter, skill at my age. A great edge is paramount for me. Love powder but there is so little of it during my 20 days a year, that I make do with whatever ski I have. Skied in 10 to 12 inches of powder this year on the RX8, and made out just fine. I was on the RX8s for the picture.
A few comments on the RX8s: They are a few years old but in excellent condition. I have never skied such a ski in my life. The short radius coupled with the fantastic edge, makes them the most fun ski I ever been on. I could never go back to the Volkls. I feel supremely confident, because I can control my speed even on steeper slopes. And I can make turns that I could never make before because of the slightly shorter ski, the lighter ski, short radius and superb edge.
I'd love to get a similar ski but wider under foot as an alternative to the very narrow, 66mm. of the RX8. Perhaps these would be great for me or son in deeper snow. And finally, I want them second hand for the $200 to $300 range. All inputs warmly welcomed.