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What do you guys think?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
This is probably a stupid question that I probably already know the answer to, but I will post anyways...

I recently purchased a pair of Fischer RC4 Race SC (current model) in a 165cm for $450. I don't race, but I am a carving junkie. I wanted something that had a shorter turn radius and I either wanted these or the WC version. The problem is I only weigh 120-125 pounds. I initially thought that the WC version would be too much ski for me (stiffness wise) and I went with the Race version. So far I really like the Race SC...I know it's not too versatile but it is a very fun ski. Now looking back I hope that I did not sacrifice too much performance and construction quality for going down to the Race version. Do you guys think I did the right thing?
post #2 of 15

Make the right choice

I have demo'd the race not wc Fischer and liked it very much and I weigh 192lbs skied the 170 and found the ski very versatile and a lot of fun. I'm going to a little softer ski like you did and find it is a lot of fun and easier to use. Besides no matter what the Level 9 skiers say very few of them can really bend a full race ski, they just think they do.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by bleu clair View Post
Do you guys think I did the right thing?
Yes.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Yes.
+1

SJ
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input...I'm glad you guys think I made the correct decision as well. Just if anybody cares these reach the tip of my nose, which I think is the perfect length for my particular application. I figure that with how little I weigh the stiffness of these should compare to the stiffness of the WC for somebody of a larger mass? Also...I searched but could not really find a definitive answer...is the Race SC stiffer than the RX8? Thanks again...
post #6 of 15
All skis have advantages and disadvantages. WC might have better grip on ice but they would be more challenging in bumps and soft snow. I tried Race SC's and loved them but bought WC SC's and love them. I just bought some WC SL's and I will love them too but they will be less versatile. All are great skis and all have advantages and disadvantages.

dt
post #7 of 15
I also just bought a pair of RC4 Race SC and had the same questions and decided to go with the softer flex Race. I'm also inerested in the answer to the Race SC vs RX8 stiffness comparison as well.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Sorry to bump this old thread but I had another question to ask. I am finding the Race SC a bit soft for my aggressive style of skiing, in particular they do not seem to be too stable in really icy conditions. In some situations I am not comfortable going far over on edge and skiing hard and fast on them as on several occasions they just did not hold (it was really icy with "sugar" snow on top). I was wondering what you guys thought of someone of my weight on one of the World Cup versions. I have tried my friends WC SLs (he races) and really liked the fact that they would blast through almost anything, but they were very tiring to ski!
post #9 of 15
Make sure your skis are tuned properly (very sharp and with the edges polished). At 120 lbs on a 165, the skis is plenty enough for any conditions outside of icy slalom course. If your edges aren't sharp, or you don't use it effectively (this is a ski that needs to be driven with modern technique), if will skid and feel untame.

I wouldn't recommend the WC SL either: it is a great ski in the course and skis well freeskiing, but it needs to be on edge and is a lot harder to ski for not much reward for ordinary applications (edge hold is greater, but versatility, ease of use are minimal). The 156 version is good for lightweight skiers, but even then, the 165 SC are great for what you use them for.
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Make sure your skis are tuned properly (very sharp and with the edges polished). At 120 lbs on a 165, the skis is plenty enough for any conditions outside of icy slalom course. If your edges aren't sharp, or you don't use it effectively (this is a ski that needs to be driven with modern technique), if will skid and feel untame.

I wouldn't recommend the WC SL either: it is a great ski in the course and skis well freeskiing, but it needs to be on edge and is a lot harder to ski for not much reward for ordinary applications (edge hold is greater, but versatility, ease of use are minimal). The 156 version is good for lightweight skiers, but even then, the 165 SC are great for what you use them for.
They are tuned and I am using them how they are "supposed" to be used. The thing I do not like about my Race SCs is that they do not feel really stable like the WC SLs. How are the WC SCs compared to stiffness and weight of the SLs? Although the SL was very demanding it really performed well although I really had to "throw" my weight into it and work the ski to get flex out of it. But I do understand that they will not do much else than make crazy turns. :
post #11 of 15
At your weight I recommend the WC SC instead of the SL because the SC is much more versatile. On the other hand, you could use your Race SC's when you want versatility and the SL's when you want to carve on ice and get a lot of exercise.

I just got some SL's and I love them but they are brutal and not forgiving. As long as the groomers are smooth I love them. I have WC SC's that are awesome and versatile but after about 40 days of skiing they don't grip ice like they used to.

I demoed Race SC's and loved them but they felt a little soft and I was afraid I would break them down too fast.

I weigh 175 lbs and my SL's are 161 cm and my WC SC's are 160cm. I ski almost every day but still the SL's are a lot of exercise.

dt
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I figure I will try and pick up whatever I can find cheaper (WC SL/SC). If anybody knows a place that has a nice sale on these let me know.
post #13 of 15
If you're looking for an ice skate, either SL or wc sc will do, but go shorter than 165.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
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If you're looking for an ice skate, either SL or wc sc will do, but go shorter than 165.
I was thinking maybe 155 for the WC SL or 160 for the WC SC? Apparently the SLs I tried were 165. :
post #15 of 15
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I recently purchased a pair of Fischer RC4 Race SC (current model) in a 165cm for $450. Do you guys think I did the right thing?
Yes. Although an early 90's vintage 212cm GS race ski is probably the best choice, the RC4 Race SC is a very close second.
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