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Fischer AMC 76 Review

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Where: Waterville Valley, N.H.

Conditions: 11 degrees, 15 mph wind. Mix of man-made and 2-3" of day old pow. Hard to icy down center, with light crud and a little pow pushed off to sides. Few small bumps, nothing demanding. 47% of runs open, blue/black runs and one race course open.

Me: Middle aged, 6', 167 lbs, level 9, more toward finesse than power. Instructors say my strengths are balance and calm upper body, weaknesses are tendency to steer into turns and get impatient toward finish. Both reflect learning on bumps instead of gates.

Ski: Fischer AMC 76, 170 cm, still had the bar code on the bottom, so they prepped it and I was the first.

Review: After several mixed reviews here of the AMC series that emphasized forgiving tips that wash out or get deflected, I was surprised that these skis carved smoothly on the hardest, coldest snow. No drama, just tip and turn. Initiated very easily, held strongly, finished with a great kick. Second surprise was their quickness. Faster edge to edge than any comparable mid-fat I've skied. Not a 67 mm carver, obviously, but you can really dance on these babies. Makes any midfat Volkl, for instance, feel overweight. Third surprise was the snow feel. Great feedback without being nervous. You could see the tips vibrating during speed turns on ice, and feel the texture underfoot, but the ski remained smooth, especially during midturn. Guess any company that makes carbon bodies for Porsche must understand resonance frequencies.

Other note is that these are a different ski when you go old school. They'll sigh and do it, narrowfoot, even skid, but they withhold their goodies. Ancillary guess is that they may not be the best at serious pow/crud unless you are in shape to make lotsa turns with a wide stance.

After trying out different radius arcs, put them though my torture test. I value versatility, so any ski I try gets forced to do what it's least likely to enjoy. In this case, jumps off frozen rubble pushed up by grooming machines, and assorted ice-cubes at speed. Outcomes: Doesn't especially shine at landing or turning on rubble. Eg, not a Head, Volkl, or Elan. Pretty decent on ice cubes at 30 mph, considering how light it is. Edges ask for attention, but don't fail you.

Then the strengths: Handled what light crud and pow I could find along the sides with preternatural smoothness and grace. No tip deviation even at 25-30 mph. Unclear/dubious about heavy wet stuff, no opportunity to try. Floated through what bumps there were like a 70 mm. Forgiving initiation, easy to steer, throw. Based on my limited sample, I think this could handle serious moguls nicely.

Conclusions: 1) This ski is one of two or three that I would buy for a mix of native eastern and trips west. It holds a deathgrip on ice, but without drama, carves easily, will shine in bumps and light-moderate pow. 2) Rather than punish you for old school, really rewards you for new. 3) Has a speed limit, around 30-35 mph. 4) Sort of a stiffer, more energetic finesse ski - as Keelty puts it, the most Gallic of the German-Austrian crowd. You'll love this ski if you like liveliness, energy, and quickness. You'll shrug if you like plow factor and smooth high speed arcs. 5) More than the RX line, these appear very sensitive to tune, and perhaps to binding placement (Fischer puts its mounting line well behind the BOF.) The Railflex II binding allows almost infinite adjustment, however, between its three screw positions and user's ability to slide the whole deal off and remount the toe and heel in one mm increments on the carbon center rod. So maybe higher maintenance than some...
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Thanks for the very informative review


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