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Fischer RX9-what to you think?

post #1 of 17
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Looking for some new skis. Have 162 B5 and Atomic SX11, older Rll.; want somehting I can relax on and ski in a straight line at speed. Sorta miss the old comfortable cruising ski. Love my SX and B5's BUT. Demo some Fischer RX9 today 170cm. Really bad snow condiitions to get some accurate feedback (wet big flakes that turning to pure H2O the sec. they hit anything. Visibility poor even with my little finger windshild washer. I really wanted to get them up to some real speed but couldn't or wouldn't due to conditions. They seemed to be what I wanted but have to take out another day when conditions are more normal. Was also going to try some 5star Volkls. What do you folks think. I am l93 btween adv and expert skier, ski everything but use thre B5 for most all of my off piste skiing. Looking for a comfortable ride, at speed if want to, predictable but will still ski moguls, steeps etc.. Mainly a groomer ski. I'm trying to demo now so I can get this year when prices are reasonable. What do any of you think of the RX9 and any other suggestions PLEASE - tHANKS Pete
post #2 of 17

RX9 and SX11 (Same Same)

I own the SX11 @ 180, I skied the RX9. I like the RX9 just a bit better. It had a little bit better manors, you could skid it just a tad easier. But really the two skis are so close it’s not worth spending the money if you have SX11.

Sounds like you’re looking for a all mountain fatty? Let me know if you want me to try and talk you into that:
post #3 of 17
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MTT. What do you have in mind? Also thanks can you include why. Thanks
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
MTT. What do you have in mind? Also thanks can you include why. Thanks
See this. Read the reviews from the author.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=48992

And see this

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=38346

I am a big fan these will give you what you are asking for and much more.
post #5 of 17
In its category the RX 9 is a great ski. Last year it received some great reviews both in the magazines and here. It remains unchanged this season except for the graphics.

It has a smooth, light feeling yet is very stable at speed and has great edgehold. 17M radius at 170cm makes for a very versatile ski in just about everything but deep powder. Fischer scored a home run with the RX-9 and the RX-8.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Lostboy
Fischer scored a home run with the RX-9 and the RX-8.
Without a doubt!!

And...the RX 6 is a pretty sweet ski as well for either lighter or less experienced skiers.
post #7 of 17
I have the RX-9 and several other pairs of skis. I demoed the SX-11 and bought a pair prior to buying the RX-9. However, before I skied the SX-11s that I bought, I did demo a pair of RX-9's and I ordered them the next day. I found that the RX-9 was easier to ski than the SX-11 and I still have not skied the SX-11's. (They are currently for sale.) My initial impression, after my first run, was that the RX-9 was pretty uneventful compared to the Atomics that I skied. After a couple of more runs at higher speeds, it felt pretty good. When I asked the friends with whom I was skiing what they thought, they mentioned that they couldn't keep up with me. It is a great ski and it handles a wide variety of terrain. I have several pairs of skis - seven at the moment - but for all around use, I pick the RX-9's. Even when skiing with my friends who race the moment that they get off the lift, the RX-9 gets me to the bottom faster and I do not feel beat up like I do when skiing a pure race ski all day.
So yeah, I would recommend them for an all around ski!
post #8 of 17
Another very positive vote for the RX-9. Among the narrower waited carvers (say 68-70mm or so) I think the RX-9 is the most versatile. While maybe a tick less tenacious on pure ice as an All Star or Speedmachine 16.1, it is IMO much easier to ski and is pretty darn good in crud and rough snow for a carver. It has a similar smoothness to a K2 but with much more horesepower.

SJ

http://sierraskis.com
post #9 of 17
RX9 17 m at 170.
SX11 16m at 170.

Seems to me for a more straight-line ski or for much bigger turns you really want something with a much larger radius. (Can you say Legend Pro?)
post #10 of 17
I found the RX9 quite easy for it's level of power. With that said, it wasn't as stable, as powerful, or as thrilling as the WC RC. I like the short-turn prowess and verstaility of the RX8 more than the RX9 as well. The RX9 just felt a little too lively and not grounded enough for my preference, in rough snow.

As far as the new crop of power carvers, I prefered all of the following over the RX9 for various reasons: 2007 Head iXRC 1200, Elan SpeedWave 14, Dynastar Contact 11, Volkl Allstar. All are more stable in the rough, cut-up stuff that is standard PNW faire. They all have their plusses and minuses, and just seemed a step ahead of the RX9. It seems like the RX8 is such a great ski, that people either buy that, or step up to the WC RC and SC.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
Looking for some new skis. Have 162 B5 and Atomic SX11, older Rll.; want somehting I can relax on and ski in a straight line at speed. Sorta miss the old comfortable cruising ski.
If your real desire is to ski straight (long arcs I assume) on groomed trails and be able to track at high speed, it sounds like you should consider either an all-out GS race ski or perhaps a pair of Volkl SuperSpeeds if you can find them.
post #12 of 17
Over the course of two back to back January demo days here in the East I must have tried 8-10 pairs of skis with no hassles and lots of ski time. Had a blast. I think a pair of 175cm Fischer RX9’s were my favorite. Although other skis also seemed to forgive my ancient technique and suit mid-Atlantic conditions including the Dynastar Legend 4800’s, Atomic Izor 9.7, and Rossignol Zenith Z9.
I'm curious about the differences between the Fischer RX 8 (which I have not skied) and the 9, which impressed me with a really solid yet fairly nimble ride.
My vitals h/5'10", w/165lbs, age-early 50s, attitude-somewhat mellow medium radius, unless real steep, then sometimes revert to 1980's windshield wiper. Ski mostly groomers, some bumps, some trees, rarely powder, but love it up to about 15 inches. A little past my prime physically. History: currently ride an older shaped Fischer (carve) ski in 183cms. Except for my boyhood, that's the shortest I've ever owned in 40 yrs on snow. Fischer demo guy told me 175cm RX9s were probably a bit long for me, they were the only length he had at the time. I tested the other models mentioned above in shorter lengths ranging from 158 to about 170 and they felt real good too, but just a slight bit insubstantial and tooth picky. This might be my old fogie preference for a little length clouding my assessment?
post #13 of 17
LP's are great but you can’t really (Relax) on them. The PM Gear Bro Model @ 179 has much better manors. Its very light, forgiving has very nice even flex tip to tail. 28M Turn radius (But turns sharper) Its very damp (But not Dead) no chatter soaks up crud.
Anyway just an amazing ski. A fun versatile easy to handle ski.


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Originally Posted by Ghost
RX9 17 m at 170.
SX11 16m at 170.

Seems to me for a more straight-line ski or for much bigger turns you really want something with a much larger radius. (Can you say Legend Pro?)
post #14 of 17
Pete, I spent a day last year on a pair of Fischer RX9's. I really liked them. Very sharp and precise on hard groomers. My technique is in transition, and I found them very forgiving when I wagged the tail. I skied them in 170cm. Sooo much easier than my Volkl 6* in 175 - made the Fischers seem like the quickest slalom ski on the hill. But ultimately I bought a pair of Elan 666 and could not be happier. I find them more stable (or at least more damped) than the RX9's. No top end, at least I have gone a far as I care to to find out. The mid fat configuration makes them unparalelled for conditions in transition. They plow through crud without hesitation. I am constantly surprised at how little change I need to make when going from packed pow/hard/ice. Again, my carving technique is not the best, but on those few times I could lay them over, they did, but also seemed quite comfortable with a mixed technique. The main difference is my feelingthat the Fischers are more needy. My sense is that they always want to be on edge. They want to turn. They want you to be doing something. They want you to be on top and "on" all the time - just like my abandoned 6* - only without the Volkl malevolence (sorry for that). The Elans seem a bit more patient, while immediately available. Actually, I could not be happier with the Elans, which is why I am looking for a pair of RX8's for those days when I want to do all those other things that the 9's want to do, but even more....
post #15 of 17
I'm a 5'8" 175 lb eastern skier and bought a pair of RX9's at the beginning of this season in a 165 cm. They hold well on boilerplate (not race slalom well obviously but they hold their own), rip up corduroy, and blast through crud. I only had one powder day this year with about 6 inches and they did fine. When carving it is very easy to change turn shape and they don't have a speed limit that I can find. They aren't the dampest skis around, but they will cruise just fine. I considered the RX8 but in the end decided that for a one ski quiver, the RX9 might be less tiring for an all day ski.
post #16 of 17
I ski the RX-9 and find it very capable at high speeds in a straight line. It is also easy to ski especially compared to "race" skis. On Monday, I skied wit a friend who is capable, but not very fast, and the RX-9 was fine with me skiing behind her at the same pace. It manages most types of turns and can skid if desired, but it can also carve and handle speed well. FWIW, it's probably the best all around ski that I've skied.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

Fischer RX9 Thanks for Comments-Pete

Just wanted to thank all of you that commented on my request for info. on the RX9's. To make a long story short I now own some RX9's and they are what I wanted. Comfortable, predictable and as fast as you want to go. Thanks everyone for the comments, they made me demo and then buy a pair. Cruised Schweitzer last week and midweek this was paradise, good snow and no people. The RX9 was a pleasure to ski I would rate as: very precise and predictable with no squirrly feel. Very good to excell med and long radius turns and very good at speed. A real nice ski. Didn't ski any ice. We don't have any stinking ice in No. Idaho. Thanks Again Pete
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