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2004.5 Fischer RX9

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Ski Make: Fischer
Ski Model:RX9 (2004 1/2) model
Ski Length:170cm
Snow Conditions Used In: light pow, crud, hardpack
Number of Days Used:3
Your Ability:somewhat competent
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 16
Avg. Days per Year Skiing:50
Other Skis You Like: Elan S12 Fusion, Mantis 662 Head i-GS RD,
Your Height/Weight:5 foot 9, 155lbs
Comments: The shop I sometimes work with just got these in, so I took out a pair for a few days. I was on the 170cm length. I skied soft groomers, pow, crud, soft bumps, and hardpack. The dimensions on this ski are something like 109/69/98 with a 17m radius. The ski has the new "Railflex 2" system, which seems to be exactly like the old railflex, except that the plate shaped somewhat differently. Same binding (Tyrolia LD12).

First off, I spend one day in soft snow. The RX9 was light underfoot and happy in deeper snow and crud-it maneuvered very well and had good float. It was actually more versatile than I was expecting-I was figuring the ski would be a stiff carver (I find the RX8 to be much less versatile, for whatever reason). It even handled bumps with ease.

Second day, I was on choppy groomers. The ski was again very, very easy to ski. Turn initation was effortless, the ski was forgiving if I got lazy or my technique broke down. I was skiing well with minimal effort. On groomed snow, the ski really felt like a GS/SL cross-it had a GS sidecut, but a much quicker feel, especially in the fall line. I felt like I was on a slalom carver if I really pushed it-really quick edge to edge. It reminded me of my old P50 SL's (2002 model) in the fall line (in a 170cm length). A ski that just does everything well, and is a great carver. Yet, you could open up the RX9 and lay down some nice GS arcs-the ski is truly versatile and can handle any size turn radius. Unfortunately, the versatility comes at a price-the RX9 doesn't handle the choppy snow/speed combination very well. It is on the light and energetic end of the spectrum-it isn't smooth in rough terrain. I was getting bounced all over the place. High-end stability was really lacking. It wasn't just the length either-I ski my Elan S12 Fusion (the gold standard for versatile carvers/cross skis, IMO) in a 168, and the Elan is much smoother and more stable-the Fischer is lacking that high-end performance that other companies' top carvers possess.

Third day-hard snow. Again, the ski did most everything well. Hard snow grip was outstanding. Carves were solid and reassuring, but not really powerful. The ski stays with you and doesn't run away if you aren't on top of it or get lazy-it is high performance to be pushed but forgiving enough to learn on. This isn't in any way a race ski-I wouldn't recommend it for running modified GS or skiing at GS speeds the way I would recommend an Atomic SX11 or Elan S12 (I am sure Volkl 6-Star is in there as well, but I haven't skied that one). It seems that the RX9 is more like a Volkl 5-Star/Atomic SX9 type ski: solid and versatile, but lacking the punch and stability of the top models. The ski isn't confidence-inspiring at high speeds when carving (and don't even think to run the ski flat at speed-it Elvis's like my Elan SLX's in 155cm). Most skiers won't reach the speed where the RX9 gets nervous, but top-end skiers who ski fast on the groomed (racers on their day off, for example) will want more beef underfoot.

I really had a good time on this ski, but wouldn't choose it over my Elan S12's. The S12 is a more powerful ski, more stable at speed, smoother, but also more demanding of good technique. You have to be willing to work and ski fairly aggressively. I was happy to get back on the S12's today, but if I was skiing in a more relaxed mode but still wanted high-performance, I would choose the RX9 in a heartbeat. The RX9 is probably 85-90% of the performance of the S12 and 70% of the work, so it is a good trade-off for most skiers. Great for anyone who skis the whole mountain, likes hard snow performance without giving up much off-piste ability, and likes to ski a variety of speeds. Similiar to the K2 Axis XT, this ski gives up a little in the top-end and gets a good dose of versatility and forgiveness in return. Skis like this make you wonder why people who ski 60% groomed snow but like off-piste capability are pushing around wide K2 Axis XP's with a 78mm waist-they would have much more fun on an RX9!
post #2 of 5
great review... sounds like even though it's higher up the RX chain, it's not the most demanding of the RX. Interesting.

Fischer making an ego ski? unbelievable.

Did anyone change the bevels? Fischer recommends 3deg base, 1deg side.
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Does your shop Have the new 2004.5 Bigstix 8.0? If so if you get a chance do a demo and write a review.
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Thread Starter 
Originally posted by Utah49:
Does your shop Have the new 2004.5 Bigstix 8.0? If so if you get a chance do a demo and write a review.
We do have the Big Stix 8.0, but we haven't put one into the demo fleet as of yet. It looks like a solid ski, fairly progressive flex, with a laminated wood core (vs. the aircarbon of the Big Stix FX 7.6/8.6). BTW, I heard that it is very likely the entire 05' BigStix line will be laminated, vertical sidewall skis, rather than the Aircarbon cores they are currently using (like what Elan is doing). I will know for sure after I get back from Vegas!
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Thanks for the update. Now i just have to find a local Fischer retailer
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