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2007 Fischer RX 8

post #1 of 11
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I could not find a thread in this ski, except for the one about sandwich construction. I am trying to compare dimensions of this ski with the dimensions of my current skis. I am having trouble deciphering what it all means. My current skis are Tip:105mm, waist: 65, tail: 93, and radius 15.2. This is what I got off Fischer's website about the RX 8: "SIDECUT 116 - 66 - 98" I can't make heads or tails from these numbers.

I have read that these skis love being on edge, what about running flat? Last but not least, how is the energy output of this ski when carving?

Forgive me if I missed this info in another thread...:
post #2 of 11
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This is what I got off Fischer's website about the RX 8: "SIDECUT 116 - 66 - 98" I can't make heads or tails from these numbers.
Those numbers are the tip / waist / tail dimensions, respectively, in millimeters. There's a radius calculator here.

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I have read that these skis love being on edge, what about running flat?
In my experience, very shapely skis (like the RX8) don't like running flat, period. You can, but they're going to feel really unstable.
post #3 of 11
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I don't run flat very often however. I would say that 85-90% of the time I am on edge. Also, would this "unstable feeling" when running flat have much to do with tuning more than anything else. I also noticed that the difference between the Volkl S5(the other ski I am considering) and the RX 8 is very minimal in terms of sidecut, or am i wrong?
post #4 of 11
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I also noticed that the difference between the Volkl S5(the other ski I am considering) and the RX 8 is very minimal in terms of sidecut, or am i wrong?
According to realskiers.com, the S5 is 115-69-100, which is pretty close to the RX8's dimensions. Just a few mm's underfoot (66 vs. 69) can make a surprising difference though. I have spent a lot more time on Volk's then I have Fischer's; I find the two skis to feel really different. There's more to it then just dimensions -- stiffness plays a big role too, and there's no good way to characterize how "stiff" a ski is
post #5 of 11
A few threads on the RX8. If it is changed for this year, it can only be for the better. But don't hesitate if you see a pair of last years. It's a great ski.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...&highlight=RX8

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...&highlight=RX8

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...&highlight=RX8

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...&highlight=RX8

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...&highlight=RX8

All of these have a lot of information for you. As far as the question about running flat, they really don't like running flat. There's no way around it. My RX9s are scary if I run them flat too. But I don't really find that to be a problem because the only time I run them flat on any kind of hard snow is in the lift line.
post #6 of 11
Running flat with the shaped skis is "unstable" in the sense that the tips want to wander back and forth. This wobble can be unnerving, but it's not like the ski picks up and amplifies a vibration. You won't find youself suddenly being unable to control them or having them start vibrating like a paint shaker; it's just annoying. They pretty much have to be on edge if you don't want them to be annoying.
post #7 of 11
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One review of the ski i heard about said that if you run them flat you run the risk of them turning on you. All i can picture when i hear that is me going straight one second and the other my left leg turns and I pull some 360 acrobatic manuever landing me on on you know what. This is mainy why I ask about it running flat
post #8 of 11
Nothing to worry about - Just put it on a very slight angle and it settles right down.
post #9 of 11
Exactly. Rather than running a flat ski, give it the slightest edge angle and it is on edge, but not really turning much. This isn't a problem with this ski, its a problem with all shaped skis. There isn't really any reason to run a flat ski anyways.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Honestly, now that i think about it, I can remember skiing last season on my shaped skis and experiencing some slight tip wander when running flat. Why then would people refer to this as "scary". Is this because they are running flat at 50 mph plus! :

BTW, I never run flat at high speeds, mainly just at the end of the run sometimes when i can "smell the barn". Other than that, I am always on edge.
post #11 of 11
Underscore what KevinF says; Volkl and Fischer are about as different as Dynastar and Head. Unlikely you'd like one if you liked the other, unless you changed your criteria. Demo demo demo!
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