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RX8 Review

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I recently purchased a new pair of RX8’s from dawgcatching and wanted to do yet another RX8 review.

The skies: RX8 165 05-06
The Boots: Atomic T11
Ski Area: White Tail, Southern PA
Me: nearly 6 feet tall at 165 lbs., level 8-9 skier.

Morning: The conditions were very good with packed powder and some harder surfaces.

I skied on a groomed trail which had all the corduroy lines skied off. I wanted to see if I could get the same feeling carving that I had with my friends Metron B5’s on this slope earlier in the year. The answer was a resounding yes.

Within my first couple of runs I was making turns from one side of the slope to the other on rails. I was able to put the RX8’s as high up on their edges as I wanted to and it did not matter if I was on soft packed powder or much harder frozen surfaces. A couple of times I went for it really hard and almost got tossed. One of the many things that sets skis like the B5 and RX8 apart from other skis is you can go really fast but not feel like you’re going really fast (great stability). Despite the fact that I was carving turns from one side of the slope to the other, nobody was going to pass me and the people in front of me came up in a hurry.

The RX8 has opened up the rest of the (Piste) mountain to me in some ways or at least made it more interesting because now I could probably spend the majority of my time carving down cruisers instead of just riding the bumps.

Afternoon: Temperatures were at least in the mid 50’s and the mountain turned into heavy mashed potato crud.

I switched over to soft moguls in the afternoon. The top of the hill had some smaller tight moguls while the bottom had larger not so tight bumps. The RX8’s were fantastic in these conditions. The skies slid very easily and it was very easy to make quick turns whenever I wanted to and I was also able to carve some turns. The RX8’s were much less work than my K2 Mach S’s and I did not feel like I had to plan my next turn.

In the heavy mashed potato crud the skies felt light and did get tossed around a little bit but I found if I maintained speed and carved rather than trying to cut speed with sliding they were fine.

These skis make skiing so much easier, more fun and make you look better than you are. I know my review probably sounds like a broken record but the skis are that good. These are my initial impressions form 4 hours of skiing and If they change with more time, I will provide an update.
post #2 of 22
Yeah, I like them too, they are great for carving on hard packed snow. Very powerful, fast, light skis that are extremely nimble underfoot. I find them to be challenging to ski well in crud, however. It's do-able, but there are better skis for that. Which is why my RX-8 just a pair of M666 for quiver buddies...
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, I mostly ski in Southern PA and unless there is a long cold streak, conditions are generally decent in the morning but turn into corn or heavy mash potato crud in the afternoon. So instead of lugging two sets of skis to the slope I will have to make do with the RX8's. Plus I would have a real hard time convincing the wife I need more skis.
post #4 of 22
Yeah I often encounter the same conditions in VA. We did have a nice cold streak going in December and it was packed powder heaven, then old man winter went on vacation....
post #5 of 22
I haven't had any problems with my RX8s and Ohio mash potatos.
post #6 of 22
I demo'd the RX8's last week and I have to agree with everything "midatlantic" stated. They ARE that good. Im picky when it comes to ski's, and I just fell in love with them. I will be getting a pair in 165 shortly.
post #7 of 22
Is the RX8 suitable for an intermediate, too?
post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sahib7
Is the RX8 suitable for an intermediate, too?
I say they are for an upper end intermediate, especially for one with some size to help flex the ski.

For a lighter intermediate skier, the RX 6 would be just as good.
post #9 of 22
How does the RX8 perform on a more "classic style" skier?
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sahib7
How does the RX8 perform on a more "classic style" skier?
Define classic? If you're talking up-unweighting, coupled with hard pivots and edge-sets, I'd choose another ski.
post #11 of 22
Agree with Coach that the RX8 would work for a stronger high intermediate, but yep, the RX6 is nearly as good for most purposes, probably better in bumps. And cheaper.

Haven't found my RX8's particularly happy with old school technique. They'll skid and pivot if you consciously flatten out your edges, but really don't enjoy a tight stance and all the other traditional stuff. IMO, Volkl carvers are a lot more versatile in terms of technique, if less whoop factor when you do it right; you might look at a 5*.

On the other hand, in 40+ years I've never skied anything that so just flat WANTS you to get your carve right. Not forgiving, but amazing for improvement if you pay attention to feedback.
post #12 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by beyond
On the other hand, in 40+ years I've never skied anything that so just flat WANTS you to get your carve right. Not forgiving, but amazing for improvement if you pay attention to feedback.
Sounds great. Gotta find a dealer to demo them, not that easy here...
Depending price: Here in Europe this ski is much cheaper than in the states. It costs about 400 Euro. The RX6 is about 300 Euro...
post #13 of 22
I found Rossi 9S Oversize (now VS) and Salomon Equipe SC more forgiving than the RX8, but would not call the RX8 "unforgiving".

The RX8 will do "old-style", but that is like buying a GSXR 1000 (think race bike with lights) for medium speed long-distance touring. It does the "soft-edge" thing better than an Atomic SX11 for example. It won't do it any better than a ton of other cheaper skis and it is worse than some. You will not get your money's worth out of the ski if you don't ski it the way it was meant to be skied. Having said that, I find it hard to imagine how you could not ski it the way it wants to be skied after a few runs down the hill.
post #14 of 22
I'm wondering why you didn't get the Metron B5, if that was your perforance target? Can you tell in what areas the RX8 is better? Thanks,

Greg
post #15 of 22
Hey midatlantic – good to see the review, it was nice to run into you on the lift that day. It seems the cold snap we are looking for is here and hopefully the mountains get a little snow before spring. I’m headed to WV and then Jay Peak the next couple of weekends but I’ll pm you when I head back to the PA area next. Glad you like the skis.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gehoff
I'm wondering why you didn't get the Metron B5, if that was your perforance target? Can you tell in what areas the RX8 is better? Thanks,

Greg
Hey Greg, I love the Metron B5’s but I wanted something with similar performance but less weight. My left knee gives me pain when I ride chairs with no foot rests so I am better off with a lighter ski (old roller blade twisting injury).
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hey Sphinx15, It was cool to meet you at the resort. Glad your going to some decent places to ski. I am looking forward to your PM.
post #18 of 22
Just want to put in my 2. I recently demoed the RX8's in 170cm. I skied a 170cm SX:11 all last year and 166cm SX:B5's this year. I found the RX8's to be good carvers on hardpacked, but not quite as surefooted as my Atomics. On the flip side, they're much easier to skid and were a lot more versatile when not running fast groomers. Easy to turn, predictable, fun in bumps, etc. Even though the edgehold isn't quite as good as what I'm used to, I ordered a pair. I think the versatility will more than make up for the small difference in carving performance.
post #19 of 22
If you keep your new RX-8's tuned properly they will lack for nothing in the edgehold department. That you were skiing on demo skis likely best explains any discrepancy you noticed.
post #20 of 22

Is it comparable to Izor 9.7 / 7.5?

What would you advice to compare the RX8 with?
I plan to test it in front of the AMC 73 and the Atomic Izor 9.7....
Can anyone share thoughts of this comparison / expected results (for lighter advanced skiers)?
post #21 of 22
Regarding Ebay. There are lots of older RX8's on ebay right now. All from the same liquidator in Annapolis MD. Buy it now price is $229 plus shipping.

This is the older model. The black, white and red one. I am guessing 03 or 04 and it comes with a demo binding.

If the ski is the same then this seems like a good deal. The newer models are going for $450 +
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guy_hal
What would you advice to compare the RX8 with?
I plan to test it in front of the AMC 73 and the Atomic Izor 9.7....
Can anyone share thoughts of this comparison / expected results (for lighter advanced skiers)?
My take: The Fischer RX-8 is a high performance versatile carving ski with all the possibilities that come with that category. It has been a big winner for Fischer. The AMC 73 is not as high performance as the RX-8 but is forgiving.

The Fischer AMC 73 gives up something on the groomed to the Fischer RX-8 but offers a little wider platform off the groomed than the RX-8. Both are fine skis but the RX-8 is clearly at the top of its category. Can't really speak to the Atomic Izor 9.7. because I am not familiar with it. I believe it's an intermediate carving ski.

Besides the Fischer RX-8, the Elan Fusion Pro, Voelkl Allstar and Nordica Speedmachine 14 are among some of the skis that you might also consider belonging in the same performance category. I'm sure there are others as well.

Along with the Fischer AMC 73, skis like the Elan Magfire 10, Head Monster IM 70 Atomic M:9 Puls, Rossignol Zenith Z5 would likely be seen as being in the same performance category.

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