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2004 Fischer Worldcup RC

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Ski Make: Fischer
Ski Model: Worldcup RC
Ski Length: 180cm 112/66/97 17M
Snow Conditions Used In: soft courdoroy+hardpack
Number of Days Used: 2
Your Ability: 9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 15
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 30
Other Skis You Like: Fischer WC GS 178, Head Worldcup 175, Elan GSX 176
Your Height/Weight: 5'8" 155 lbs
Comments: This ski is unchanged for 2004 (except for new graphics-mostly black instead of yellow). Sidecut is 112/66/97. This ski is Fischer's racecarver. It features sandwich construction, as does the Fischer GS (racestock) but with a cap on top, and a much more generous footprint. The plate on both the RC and the Fischer GS are the same.

I found this ski to be very solid, smooth, and stable. It feels very much like a real GS, in that the flex is stout, ski is fairly heavy, and it isn't too forgiving. The main difference between the RC and the Fischer WC (which I like free-skiing on in a 178) is the sidecut. The RC has a wider tip, which allows the ski to hook up without as much forward pressure. The flex is about the same on both skis (they feel identical in the stores). The RC definitely wants to be skied hard. It is very powerful when up on edge, and holds a great arc on hard snow. I couldn't find a speed limit, it felt every bit as stable as the GS. Real acceleration out of every turn. It does handle rough snow well, due to the wide footprint. This ski is very heavy, and I don't think it would be an ideal all-mountain ski. Also, the ski requires solid technique-it doesn't like to be driven from the backseat. The wider tip will still allow the ski to hook up if you aren't on top of it, but it can start to run away on you if you are too lazy. If skied agressively, the ski is a hoot. Otherwise, quite a bit of work for a racecarver. Much more race-like feel and stability than the Volkl P50 Platinum. Not quite as easy to ski as the Head Worldcup, but with similiar stability and smoothness.

On length, I would say that the 180 is more length than someone my size needs. This ski has a huge footprint, and skis longer than you would think. The 175 would be more appropriate and versatile, while having all the stability of a 180 (for a 155 lb guy like myself). 180 is probably better for a skier over 180 lbs, and 185 would be just a ton of ski. For me in a 180, the ski was too long for anything but GS turns-forget the fall line, unless you like more work than fun.

I would recommend this ski to anyone looking for a very fun and fast ride, someone who has a second pair of skis for deeper snow and crud, or a high-speed skier who is exclusively on the groomed. Someone who wants a race ski feel with a bit more ease (although not too much). In this category, I would also demo the Elan Dual X and Head i-Race (Elan is unchanged for next year, i-Race has a new 21m sidecut (and there is a new skiercross Head model which is similiar to this year's i-Race).

[ February 02, 2003, 03:39 PM: Message edited by: dawgcatching ]
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Great review. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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