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Ski Make:Fischer
Ski Model:Big Stix 8.0
Ski Length:180cm
Snow Conditions Used In:groomers, crud, bumps, tight GS set
Number of Days Used:1
Your Ability:improving?
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing:16
Avg. Days per Year Skiing:currently 60
Other Skis You Like:Elan S12 Fusion, Head i-GS RD, Elan Mantis 662
Your Height/Weight:5 foot 9, 155lbs

This is the new orange Big Stix 8.0 twin tip from Fischer. The ski features an 80mm waist, vertical sidewall/wood core, and a turn radius of 25m. I was on the 180cm, which is the longer of the 2 lengths available (also available in 170). We only had the 180 mounted up in demo, but have both lenghts available for retail.

There was about 2 inches overnight of decent snow, with mostly hardpack underneath. My first impression is that this ski likes to cruise at speed, especially at 180cm. It handled rough snow and crud very well. The ski was a bit heavy underfoot, but the float was okay. It was definitely fairly damp and smooth, but could give back some energy. Not terribly forgiving, definitely feels like more ski than the FX 7.6.

The ski was bomber in long GS turns, and carried speed well. I loved it on tight trails with rolling terrain, as well as wide-open groomers. Due to the large turn radius and apparent weight of the ski (demo bindings as well) it seemed happiest in long arcs.
The ski could be turned quickly, but a pronounced release at the end of the old turn was requied for fall line work, moreso than most skis. I took 3 runs in the bumps-definitely not a bump ski. Too wide underfoot to be quick enough-I managed okay, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

The ski was a little vauge underfoot-the sweet spot was fairly large, but really doesn't let you know when you have nailed a turn like more powerful skis do. There is quite a bit of room for error fore/aft, but not much as far as edgehold is concerned. With the 80mm waist, you can't let up pressure on the edges.

I did run this ski in a tight GS set-it preformed admirably. It was stable enough, and I felt fairly confident that I wasn't going to get bounced out of the course. Still, if you don't lay it up on edge and keep up pressure, you are going down-not real trustworthy regarding edgehold-hard to feel comfortable at that limit of "just barely enough edging to stay in the line".

Overall, my impression was favorable. This would make a good crusier at speed, good rough-snow ski, crud and pow as well. Due to the long turn radius, it is probably best in tight trees under a skilled skier; it isn't a powder/crud crutch like some midfats seem to be. I would probably prefer the longer length, even at my size, as 170cm is a little short for my taste when skiing fairly fast over rough terrain. If you like short turns, get something more versatile like the Mantis 662/666 Fusion. Very nice ski-great deep snow/crud/early season choice, especially at a street price of $425.