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ski similar to a Fischer RC4 Race SC?

post #1 of 10
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Hey ski gear nerds (meant as term of endearment),

 

I'm in the market for some new skis and was looking for a bit of help. As I read reviews, I realize that what I really want is exactly the same ski that I have, only without almost 10 years of wear on them. I loved my Race SCs for about the first 6 or 7 years so much. They just seemed to have the perfect combination of nimble enough for bumps and yet still could hold an edge on ice for the sadly normal conditions around here (Western Quebec). 

 

Anyone familiar with the ski lines enough to suggest a similar ski? Doesn't have to be Fischer. 

 

I've read a few threads here on the topic of all mountain skis that are also good in moguls, but sometimes it's tricky to apply a perspective of someone else who is different. Or maybe it isn't that tricky?

 

My info:
44 y/o woman

5'9", ~160 lbs, quite strong 

advanced/expert skier

loves bumps but lives in a world of ice

 

I bought a pair of Head World Cup I.SL from a friend last year which was a decent option for me but I find them more difficult than I'd like in the bumps. My plan is to ski those on the really icy days and find something else for the decent days.

 

Thanks!

 

Elsbeth

post #2 of 10

What's not to like?

I love my SC's and will replace them with like when they die.

You sure you don't just need a really good tune?

These things are pretty hard to kill and if they still have their camber they may be OK.

The new ones are prettier though......

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post #3 of 10

@dakine looks like you have the RC4 WC SC or SC Pro.  The Race SC was more like the RX8, less race like.

 

@evaino What exact model and year of Head i. SL did you get.  If you got the RD, then probably you don't like it in bumbs as much as your old SCs because of stiffness; if you got the Rebel i. SL from last couple of years, then probably because the turn radius is too small.

 

You might want to consider the Head i. race (it is a sl radius ski), or you could step up (from your current ski) to the the Fischer WC SC; it skis a lot like the race SC provided you are skiing a bit faster.

 

Stockli also seems to have a decent collection of skis like the old race-sc on paper (not too stiff, around 13 m radius and full camber).

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post
 

What's not to like?

I love my SC's and will replace them with like when they die.

You sure you don't just need a really good tune?

These things are pretty hard to kill and if they still have their camber they may be OK.

The new ones are prettier though......

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You raise a great point. There is still camber, so I think I will bring them for a good tune. I started thinking I needed to replace them because they just didn't hold an edge as well (or maybe I don't?), but now that I have those head's I use them when conditions are particularly crappy. Maybe I can get another while out of these as my non-crapy-day skis. 

 

So the new ones are not much different from the old? Is that the same model or a bit different? 

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@dakine looks like you have the RC4 WC SC or SC Pro.  The Race SC was more like the RX8, less race like.

 

@evaino What exact model and year of Head i. SL did you get.  If you got the RD, then probably you don't like it in bumbs as much as your old SCs because of stiffness; if you got the Rebel i. SL from last couple of years, then probably because the turn radius is too small.

 

You might want to consider the Head i. race (it is a sl radius ski), or you could step up (from your current ski) to the the Fischer WC SC; it skis a lot like the race SC provided you are skiing a bit faster.

 

Stockli also seems to have a decent collection of skis like the old race-sc on paper (not too stiff, around 13 m radius and full camber).

 

Not exactly sure which model - I'll check when they're back from getting a tune. I think Rebel from a couple of years ago but not positive. 

 

I don't actually love skiing really fast. I had a couple of crashes many years ago that continue to affect my comfort zone at speed. Although I admit those Head's with a good tune feel nice at speed. They just feel heavy in bumps, if that makes sense. 

 

I've been wondering about Stockli. One problem I have is that there doesn't seem to be anywhere nearby that I can try some out before buying. 

post #6 of 10

I loved the original RC4 SC, I bought a new set every year for about 5 years running, after selling off the ones I had just used for the season, about 5 years ago they made the new model much stiffer and changed the way they skied, to a point they were no longer that near perfect all round forgiving ski on groomers.

 

The closest I have found to them at present is the Volkl Code S skis, but that is just my opinion, others may suggest something else.

post #7 of 10

If you want a 165/13m ski like your old SC's (mine are six years old) you could try to find a pair of lightly used women's WC RC4 SL' race stock skis in the soft flex.

Actually, any race stock woman's soft flex SL ski at a good price might be a hoot.

These would be for a lighter woman in the 120-130 lb range and might be soft enough for you at 150-160.

$300 with decent bindings would be about right.

I'm betting your skis will be much better with a tune but you can't have too many skis.

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Originally Posted by dakine View Post

 

you can't have too many skis.

 

Words of wisdom! 

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by paulski View Post
 

I loved the original RC4 SC, I bought a new set every year for about 5 years running, after selling off the ones I had just used for the season, about 5 years ago they made the new model much stiffer and changed the way they skied, to a point they were no longer that near perfect all round forgiving ski on groomers.

 

The closest I have found to them at present is the Volkl Code S skis, but that is just my opinion, others may suggest something else.

 

Good to know that the newer aren't the same. 

 

And noted on the Volkl Code S. I'll see if I can find some to demo.

post #10 of 10

Note that there are two RC4 SCs.  The WC SC and the Superior SC.  I have the Superior.  Nominally a race ski, but really more of versatile narrow carver.  I owned the orginal Fischer RX8 and I find the Superior SC to be like a higher performance version of that ski.  

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