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Fischer BIGSTIX 7.6 review

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Hi guys: I Demoed this ski at Liberty Mountain's Demo Day in a January rain storm, after all that I still liked it. After finding a killer deal ($300 Mounted) I have had a chance to try the ski a few days and am writing this review.

Ski Make: Fischer
Ski Model: Big Stix 7.6 FTI
Binding: Rossignol Axium 110
Year Made: 2003 - 2004
Ski Length: 175
Snow Conditions Used In: Powder, Crud, Trees, Groomed, Hard Pack, Ice, Moguls, Whales, variable conditions, spring conditions
Number of Days Used: 4
Your Ability Level: 8: proficient in most eastern type terrain.
Other Skis You like: Volkl 5* T50s, BigStix 8.0
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 13
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 20
Your Height/Weight: 5' 10” / 200 lbs.

The is a cap ski with a carbon fiber core. This makes it both very light and quite stiff. The stiffness is less than my T50 5* however the weight is probably only about 3/4 and that is a 175 compared to a heavier 168cm ski. The ski has a ton of energy and really needs to be worked. However because of the lighter weight it has a very interesting feel. So far I have skier one powder day at Whitetail a couple of Thursdays ago and also last weekend at T-Line after a nice powder dump.

At 175 CM the Radius 21M is printed right on the top sheet. You know what it wants to do. With very little shape compared to the other skis I have been on recently I found the change difficult at first. After my first 4 run at White tail on crud covered blue runs my quads were in agony. On my 5th run I finally dialed into the sweet spot and got to work.

Carve / Long Turns:
There are a few different skiing styles that work with the Big Stix... the can be driven hard at mach 1 in railed long carves or skidded more conservatively in medium radius turns. My favorite way is to treat them like a hyper carver and dance down the fall line in a series of quick long radius turns always keeping the skis close to the fall line. This works superbly on more shallow slopes or in powder where speed control is not an issue. Diverging the skis is one of the better ways to vary turn shape and bring these straighter boards around quickly. As for finding a speed limit I am not sure at this point. all the groomers have been soft and covered with Hero Snow... I am sure in harder conditions we will see what they are made of.

Rebound / Energy / Short Turns:
As I said earlier this ski has a ton of energy. However they do not carve as short turns as a cross ski or a hyper carver. You can make nice carved shorter turns though if you work them properly. The stiff tails provide a lot of rebound to bring the skis around quickly. In generally though short turns will be skidded, not carved. You need every bit of energy to link consistent short turns on these boards.

This ski is great in the steeps. It has a ton of torsional stiffness for quick speed checks. Due to the straight profile the ski skids well too. It is light enough to throw around in hop turns and when you do pick up some speed it will keep right up with you. the tail is turned up and doesn't get hung up. This ski is very inspiring in the steeps.

The ski is sweet in bumps. The nice rounded soft bumps were a blast. And larger more challenging bumps, Powder covered as they were, skied great too. They aren't as forgiving a bump ski as my K2 Mod 7/8s. But the fischer edge grip and straight profile make speed control is much better. These skis are doing very well in the bumps--perhaps the best bump skis in my quiver.

In the tight trees around the midatlantic the ski does well. The light weight makes for a very maneuverable ski that can be thrown around at will for quick stops and other unorthodox maneuvers that are sometimes necessary in tight trees. The ski is wide enough to provide a stable platform in soft snow but light and quick enough to turn pretty well. This is what I bought the ski for and I am very impressed.

Ice / Hard Pack:
Well surprise surprise. I have skied 3 spring days in the midatlantic and still haven't seen much ice. I am sure they won't compare to my 5*s, but I was able to stop and get an edge on some pretty gnarl y terrain, like the skied off backsides of a few massive whales. I am going to give them a qualified nod in the Ice department. The ski is stiff enough to deliver on hard pack as well. The only issue may be if my edges are torn from skiing off piste on these alot.

Given the stiff flex, nice width, and long turn radius I think the real purpose of this ski is clear. Its a crudder pure and simple. These babies are so stable at high speeds in rough snow its ridiculous. My 5*s are also good in crud for a cross ski. However these are an order of magnitude better.

These skis are wide enough to give stable platform and light enough for good float and high maneuverability. Still I would have to say that there are better powder skis out there at just slightly wider widths (Dynastar 8000, Salomon Scream Limited...). This is primarily due to the longitudinal stiffness and the resulting difficulties in decambering the ski in powder. It is a middle of class ski in powder... but how often do we see that condition? Err... Well 2/3 so far.

Pros: Amazingly light and stiff. Very energetic for a mid fat and stable at high speeds. Its a fun ski on the groomed and versatile enough to be a one ski solution for someone who avoids crowded groomers and isn't a short turn fanatic. When I go out west this is the only ski I will need to take. It skids well and is great on the steeps for speed control. It is also a great crud ski. Moguls performance is real good. Because of the weight it will also make a great jibber / park ski... or a climbing ski. It shines off piste and in difficult conditions.

Not great in real powder, Not the best in short turns. Probably too wide turning to be a single ski quiver here in the east. Despite it's versatility it is a better 2nd ski than a first ski...the conditions where it really shines are exactly those most people don't like / don't ski that often (Crud, Chop, Bumps, steeps, trees)...
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the conditiosn where it really shines are exactly those most people don't like / dont ski that often (Crud, Chop, Bumps, steeps, trees)...
A guy at work just bought a pair because those conditions are what you encounter most in Montana.
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just shows how little ungroomed stuff is among the vast majority of ski runs in the East, Rio. when we get to ski the trees here, in the East most of the trees between runs are not separated by a bunch of snow. usually it's rocks and dirt and stumps etc. snow only where the piste is, I mean.
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Sad but true about eastern trees. I took a pair of Big Stix 7.6 into glades at Gore last weekend. They were easy to maneuver in tight spots but the rocks and roots beat the heck out of them and one run was enough.

I think Tromano's review nails it: they are great on ungroomed, chop and crud; on the rare days you see anything but hardpack in the east, these are a great alternative to the short slalom I usually ski. And on hardpack they're much better than expected. My other experience with midfats has been Rossi B2 and Salomon X-Screams; neither ski gave any feedback or kick. The Big Stix are way more fun. If they have a speed limit on groomers I haven't found it. Maybe it's just the nature of the beast but they are much more stable at speed than my slalom ski, so even on hardpack and ice I'll take them out if there's space to run them. Where they're not so good is going slow or in tight / crowded areas so I'd agree they're the ideal compliment to a pure carver for eastern skiers.
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This weekend at Killington, My buddy and I noted one of the most saliently unique factors of eastern tree skiing....Moguls! Most tree runs are also mogul runs in the east-the curious effect of combining lean snow, small, tight spaces (and limited area in general), with high skier traffic-there wasn't a tree line that wasn't moguled (I noticed this last week at Sugarbush, too). Nice moguls, but moguls just the same-dang western skiing different.
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