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Make: Fischer
Model: RC4 WC SL
Year: 2008
Length: 165cm

Height: 5'7"
Weight: 160lbs
Ability: Racer/9
Other skis owned: Nordica GSR, Nordica SLR, Stockli DP, Fischer RC4 WC SL, Fischer RC4 WC GS, Fischer RC4 WC SG

Conditions: Groomers/ice only.


I received these skis from the race room in Utah I think. I don't know exactly what they are, but they are definitely the new race stock slalom ski, and possibly a "real" WC ski that was snatched from the race room. I don't know the history behind them, but they are incredibly stiff. They also have a completely different shape and flex pattern when compared to last year's skis (also appear to have lost the FTi stuff under the topsheet).

So how do they ski? Wow. These things grip, turn, rebound, and repeat. They ski as stiff as they feel when flexing them by hand, and are a bit temper mental when the terrain gets rough. The shovels are VERY stiff and really let you "get into" the ski. These don't feel like Fischers to me. They still have the very turny/hooky Fischer SL nature about them, but they feel more damp and more powerful than Fischers typically do. Usually I equate Fischer skis to a squirrel who just drank a Red Bull, but these are not lively in that sense. They have incredible rebound but seem to be a bit more predictable than previous year's skis that I have been on. You also don't feel the snow surface like you could in some older Fischer SL's. These ski more like a hooky Atomic I think. They are very fast, but long turns are out of the question. If you don't really ski these, they don't do much of anything for you, but when you do they are a turning machine. I worry about their stiffness in courses because I suspect that if they aren't bent they aren't going to hold an edge or turn. More on that later hopefully...