Fischer is going to produce a new series of skis for the 2012/13 season, The Hybrids. They will come in waist widths of 75mm, 85mm, 95mm, and 105mm. They will feature metal laminate, wood core, sidewall constructions, and moderate sidecuts. The interesting feature is a switch to allow the skier to change the camber profile of the ski, from regular camber to early rise with the flip of a switch in front of the binding toe piece.
Got to briefly, ski the three narrower models, very interesting. My impressions are that they are strong and damp in the normal camber mode, but feel a little sluggish and very heavy in the tip. The early rise mode quickens the ski and makes it more nimble and easy in 3D conditions, but feels a little "disconnected" on groomed snow. We brought in the 85mm for next year, but not sure how it will do for us. Why a 75mm model? The Progressor skis are better in everyway. Why model with 95mm and 105mm waists? Skis that wide probably benefit by the early rise with no need for regular camber.
I kind of wish that the ski manufacturers need to quit making products with "gimmicky" technology, as most of the time the gimmicks don't stick.
What say you?