Thanks for the replies to my RX8 delaminating issue. Looking for suggestions to replace
these for front side ski. Have Volkl AC40 for all mountain and good powder ski. Would like
to find a good replacement for the Fischer RX8.
I came across a pair of the RX8's at a local shop in Chicago over the past weekend, and am trying to decide if I should pick them up. I'm looking for an all mountain ski which is ideally suited for groomed trails and can handle the ice well...so it seems like this ski is a perfect fit. They are 175's and are new old stock with the wrapper still on them. I negotiated a price of $400 with bindings and told the store owner I would get back to him. This seems like a good price to me. What are everyone's thoughts on these skis 5 - 6 years later? The ski i was planning on getting is the Rossignol Experience 88 or Experience 83. After reading all of the fantastic reviews on the RX-8's it seems like the price is right....although I am feeling kind of weird about buying new skis that are ancient in terms of what is available today. For $200 - $300 more i could get the 12/13 Experience 88's or others. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated!
It seems to me that the price is reasonable but not fantastic. However, the skis ARE fantastic (for what they are and do). Hard snow is their forte, but they do well in shallow powder and crud also. Think slalom-type carver, high performance without high demands. I had a pair and finally parted with them after they delaminated, but I did love them for where I ski: eastern hardpack.
Newer designs are probably a bit nicer and newer, but do not completely overshadow the ski. It'd be like buying a 6-year old 3-series BMW. Still a great car.
That is a great deal on the Progressor 10. I'd take that deal over the RX8s for $400. I'm a fan of the old RXs and still ski my RX9s once in a while, but the Progressor is an even better frontside carver. Otherwise take the listing for the Progressors to your ski shop and negotiate a better price on the RXs. The Progressor 10 is, what, four years newer?
There are a lot good skis in that category from last year that you can buy (with bindings) for $400-500. Even if you didn't like the Progressors, you could ski them for a year and turn them for about the same price next year. You probably couldn't do that with the RX8s. I recently tried to sell my RX9s (w/ Solly 12 Din binders) at our local ski swap for $125 and they didn't sell despite being in great shape--not a popular style of ski here in the West. I still have them if anyone is interested.
Thanks for the replies! What a fantastic community they have here at epic-ski. I am going to get in touch with the ski shop owner to see if he would go any lower on the price and I'll report back. I got a PM from a member who has a pair of 2011 Blizzard G Power FS that he was interested in selling for around $400. He also mentioned having access to a slightly used pair for around $300. Seems like a great price for a 2011 ski that retailed in excess of $1000. Waiting to see some pictures before I make any final decisions. Both are 174 cm long. I've decided against buying the Experience 88's / 83's as the price is quite high ($500 - $700) with it being a 2012/2013 model.
Any thoughts on the Blizzard Power FS vs the Fischer Progressor 10's?