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Skiing out West on Fischer RX*

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I just picked up a pair of 04/05 Fischer RX8s. I have skied them twice already in the Mid-Atlantic area and have really enjoyed them. They ski awesome! Rumor has it that they are a great hard snow ski and handle all the crud the East Coast and dish out. We are heading out west to Steamboat next week and am curious how this ski will fit the terrain. My previous ski is a Dynastar Max Cut 2 from the 1997 season 193s. Would this ski be a better ski for Steamboat or will the Fischer be a bette fit? Maybe I should bring both sets. Thanks for your input.
post #2 of 15
Take the RX8's, they'll be fine unless you get a major dump while your there. If so, rent some fattys.

I skied my RX8's at Vail 2 seasons ago, and the most snow we got in any one day was 5-8 inches. They were great.
post #3 of 15
The RX8 is proof that a ski can have a 66mm waist dimension and still ski soft snow conditions. The RX8 will be far superior to your prior ski in every situation.

Unless you seek bottomless snow off-piste, you will be just fine.

Cheers,

Michael
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your advice. I was hoping this would be the case. I am looking forward to skiing them.
post #5 of 15
They are a great hard snow ski and decent in powder, but I have found them to be mediocre in crud. My personal opinion is that almost any ski can be decent in powder if you have a good technique, even narrow waisted skis like the RX-8. I think that wide tip helps offset the narrow waist somewhat.
post #6 of 15
I'll be skiing the same skis in Utah next week. They're outstanding in normal eastern conditions, but it'll be my first time in powder with them.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
They have treated me great thus far on east coast. From what I have read on other threads, it sounds as if we would fair better to rent some fat skis if it were to snow over 6" per dump. So that sounds like a good option as well. We'll see. If they give me a hard time on the first day, off to the demo shop I shall head. Good luck in Utah. May the powder be with you.
post #8 of 15
Fat skis are for floating. My bud who lives in Vail says "why would I want to float, I'm on top of the snow when it's groomed. I want to get down in the powder." Fat skis are fun to go fast and kind of straight on.

As said above, if you can ski in powder you could use a GS Race ski and still have fun doing it.

i've skied my RX8's in no more than 6" of powder so I can't say from first hand experience, but if you're balanced and can deal with the pow, they'll be fine. If not a fatty will make it easier.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Fat skis are for floating. My bud who lives in Vail says "why would I want to float, I'm on top of the snow when it's groomed. I want to get down in the powder." Fat skis are fun to go fast and kind of straight on.

As said above, if you can ski in powder you could use a GS Race ski and still have fun doing it.

i've skied my RX8's in no more than 6" of powder so I can't say from first hand experience, but if you're balanced and can deal with the pow, they'll be fine. If not a fatty will make it easier.
Some skinny skies have a strong tendancy to dive in bottomless snow, regardless of skier skill. This can make powder skiing all but impossible: . However, other skinny skis will dive or float based on input from the skier. the RX8 is one of those skis, and will resist diving with just a little skill .

My old pair of Salomon Supermountains from 2001 is a 110-78-100mm sidecut ski; the ski resists diving like a fat board yet allows my 215 Lbs bulk to get "in" the snow up to my armpits. Its like skiing in space .

I still don't understand the "wider is better" movement: .

Cheers,

Michael
post #10 of 15
Take the RX8s. They will be all you'll need.

Jim
post #11 of 15
Fischer RX8's
Tyrolia SL10 RailFlex II

I am an agressive Northeast skier who went out to Utah for the first time March 2nd - 10th. Boy did it drop some powder! As it had been a while since skiing the really deep stuff, at first I was having some trouble with the RX8's in the pow at Brighton. Went to the shop there to investigate some possibilities. Rather than rent a pair of fatties, the tech had me first try out a little adjusting. On the Tyrolia's (I'm assuming you can do the same on the Fischer binding as I believe they are made by Tyrolia...) you can easily slide the binding position back on the rail plate. This small adustment helped me keep my weight back off the tips and allowed me to thoroughly enjoy my RX8's in the powder for all days except one.

That exception was the last morning we awoke to about an additional 16" on top of the 3 feet we recieved over the week prior. At that point, the powder just became too deep for the RX'8, or for that matter, anything skinnier than an ironing board!!

Definately take the RX8's out west!
post #12 of 15
Its not the ski its the skier.
post #13 of 15
The RX8 will float and can be used in powder by a very good skier. Some narrow skis float, some don't!

Cheers,

Michael
post #14 of 15

You'll be fine

I was using my Superspeeds, which don't float much at all, in knee deep at Vail. Have a great time!
post #15 of 15
I've been using my RX8's all week in Vail, with no problems. They are a super all around ski.
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