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East Coast/Midwest Fischer RX9 experiences?

post #1 of 14
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Thread title says it all -- anyone here have personal experience using the Fischer RX9 in East Coast/Midwest contexts? I have already read any other related threads -- I just want a fresh update.

Thanks in advance for any responses!
post #2 of 14
Its overall a good ski, more GS like and prefers longer turns. Short turns are possible but require a little work. The ski likes to run down hill more than across hill and is very fast, stable with good grip. Several guys and gals use this as a race ski at our local ski area. The ski also works OK in crud and deeper snow but in my opinion lacks exitement. The RX8 has more shape and is easier going and much funner to ski. Fischer dropped this former "Ski The Year" winner from their line up for 2008. The ski was pretty much left unchanged since its inception. I just sold mine in favor of the new Fischer Progressor.
post #3 of 14
I purchased a pair of RX9s when they were first introduced, and I skied them throughout New England for three years. I usually don't keep a ski for more than one season, but I really enjoyed the RX-9 and found it to be a very versatile ski for New England. It handled a variety of turn sizes, was very stable at speed, and performed well in all conditions that I saw. Definitely recommended.
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Originally Posted by Buckwild View Post
I just sold mine in favor of the new Fischer Progressor.
What guided your decision on the Progressor???
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Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
What guided your decision on the Progressor???
Several reasons:
I prefer a side wall construction first of all, it provides a new level of edge grip and smoothness over the RX9. The Flow Flex plate on the Progressor gives the race construction a more recreational, rounder turn feel (I'm not big on the Rail Flex). It has more shape and will initiate turns easier, the shape is new with an SL tip and GS tail configuration which will give quickness and stability. A 16m radius vs 18m radius @ 175cm. Wider overall width will make it even more versatile. The smooth finish is nicer than the old ribbed finish not to mention better colors and graphics. The reviews on the Progressor in the magazines and on forums such as this have been very positive.
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Originally Posted by Buckwild View Post
Its overall a good ski, more GS like and prefers longer turns. Short turns are possible but require a little work. The ski likes to run down hill more than across hill and is very fast, stable with good grip. Several guys and gals use this as a race ski at our local ski area. The ski also works OK in crud and deeper snow but in my opinion lacks exitement. The RX8 has more shape and is easier going and much funner to ski. Fischer dropped this former "Ski The Year" winner from their line up for 2008. The ski was pretty much left unchanged since its inception. I just sold mine in favor of the new Fischer Progressor.
I'll second Buckwild's assessment

I demoed both the RX-8 and the RX-9 (among others) a couple of years back and eventually settled on the RX-8. The RX-9 was great at speed and edge hold on hardpack, but didn't inspire me. The RX-8 on the other hand had many of the same characteristics (stability, edge hold) as the RX-9, but in a much livelier package.

If you're strictly a GS kind of skier, the RX-9 would be a good choice, but if you like to mix it up on the front side, the RX-8 is (imo) a better choice.
post #7 of 14
I'm not on the east coast, but have both the RX8 in a 170 and RX9 in a 180. I use these skis for groomer/hard snow conditions. I prefer the RX8 for its quicker initiation. Excellent ski.

I like the RX9, but use it less often. as noted, it has a much wider turn radius.
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Originally Posted by OldEasternSkier View Post
If you're strictly a GS kind of skier, the RX-9 would be a good choice, but if you like to mix it up on the front side, the RX-8 is (imo) a better choice.
Thanks! The thing is, I've already got some Atomic C9's and they're very "turny" and a bit jumpy. I want something beefier and faster to complement the C9's, if that makes any sense? You still think the RX8 would better suit?
post #9 of 14
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Thanks! The thing is, I've already got some Atomic C9's and they're very "turny" and a bit jumpy. I want something beefier and faster to complement the C9's, if that makes any sense? You still think the RX8 would better suit?
That was exactly my situation when I tried the RX9s. I had a couple of pair of Atomic carving skis which I liked when I demoed a number of other skis. Except for the RX9, I preferred my Atomics. The RX9 was less "turny" but far more stable at speed and it converted me to Fischer. It was much more relaxing to ski and my friends were surprised at how much faster I was skiing. FWIW, I ski from first lift to last lift with just short breaks and I was never tired when skiing the RX9. (The Fischer WC SL is another story.: )
Every time I see an RX9 on sale I consider buying a pair, but I manage to tell myself that I have too many skis now.
It sounds like what you are looking for.
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I've got a friend who's looking to sell his RX9s for 425 with FF binders. 180's.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
Thanks! The thing is, I've already got some Atomic C9's and they're very "turny" and a bit jumpy. I want something beefier and faster to complement the C9's, if that makes any sense? You still think the RX8 would better suit?
Haven't skied the C9, so I'm can't really compare the two (although I did try the SX10 and the Metron before settling on the RX8). But if you're looking to complement a short-radius carver with a long-radius bomber, then the RX9 might suit better.

You said you wanted something beefier and faster ... The RX8 is certainly capable of speed, but it's not as "beefy" as the RX9. The one weakness I've found with the RX8 is that it gets knocked around in the crud a bit. The RX9 was more stable in chop & crud. It's still a front side ski, though, not well suited to trips though the trees.

I would probably try to talk you into an RX8 instead of the C9 if you're looking for that 1 front side ski for the east. The RX8 is more versatile than the RX9, but the RX9 is still a good ski and probably qualifies well on the "beefy and fast" count!
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I've got a friend who's looking to sell his RX9s for 425 with FF binders. 180's.
Dude, thanks -- as it happens, I've got my eye on some brand new '06-'07's for $459 at Ski Depot.

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Originally Posted by OldEasternSkier View Post
You said you wanted something beefier and faster ... The RX8 is certainly capable of speed, but it's not as "beefy" as the RX9. The one weakness I've found with the RX8 is that it gets knocked around in the crud a bit. The RX9 was more stable in chop & crud. It's still a front side ski, though, not well suited to trips though the trees.

I would probably try to talk you into an RX8 instead of the C9 if you're looking for that 1 front side ski for the east. The RX8 is more versatile than the RX9, but the RX9 is still a good ski and probably qualifies well on the "beefy and fast" count!
The C9 is probably one of the most widely sold skis of all time. It's very easy to ski and very friendly for quick turns -- I think the width is only 64mm, and at 170cm, you get a 15m radius. It's kind of hyperactive. Still, I'll tell you, I'm starting to wonder if RX8's might make me happier all around. THEN AGAIN, I really want something fast, smooth, and Stockli-ish (can't afford Stocklis), the skiable equivalent of this:

post #13 of 14
I'm not a good guy to reply to gear questions as it's all feel and no science to me. But...I demo'd a pair of RX9s (175cm) on a hardpack day in WV in Jan '06. Absolutely loved them. I was coming down from an older pair of Fischers that were 183cms and I was instantly comfortable with the RX9s, they seemed to really suit my ancient part slide/part carve technique for three fairly fast paced hours on blue/black groomers. In Fall of '06 I went looking to buy a pair, but found a fine deal on RX8s (also 175cm) and got them instead, hoping they would ski similar. I'm 5'10"/165lbs. I enjoyed the RX8s this past season as my one ski quiver. On the occasions that I took them into bumps, and the couple days I got them in deep snow (Colorado 15"), I struggled a little bit, but that was more of a personal problem, then hardware:-) Overall, I think they are both real fine East coast skis.
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