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post #1 of 11
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Hi,

I'm looking for skis to buy for the upcoming ski season. I'm currently interested in the Fischer RC4 Race SC and the Fischer RC4 World Cup SC. I was wondering what the differences are (if any) between the 2008 versions of these skis, and the 2009 versions. On their official site, they list some new things for the 2009 models, but I'm guessing that its just marketing BS. I'm currently in high school, and on the Ski racing team. I would say that the league is pretty competitive. However, I also do a ton of all-mountain skiing, around 40-50 days each season. My question is, would you recommend the World Cup SC or the Race SC for a guy like me? I want something that can perform in my high school racing league, but I also want to be able to ski it all-day, all-over the mountain. I like a ski that is fairly forgiving, but also requires the skier to work for it to perform. I'm in great physical shape, but I don't want a ski that will throw me all over the mountain. I only ski in New England, so there isn't a lot of Western-style powder skiing here. It's more ice and groomed trails. Last but not least, for each model, what size would you recommend for a skier who is 15 years old, weighs 150, and is around 5'8" tall? I'm thinking the 165cm, but I'm no expert. Thanks!

- hskier08
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Hi,

I'm looking for skis to buy for the upcoming ski season. I'm currently interested in the Fischer RC4 Race SC and the Fischer RC4 World Cup SC. I was wondering what the differences are (if any) between the 2008 versions of these skis, and the 2009 versions. On their official site, they list some new things for the 2009 models, but I'm guessing that its just marketing BS. I'm currently in high school, and on the Ski racing team. I would say that the league is pretty competitive. However, I also do a ton of all-mountain skiing, around 40-50 days each season. My question is, would you recommend the World Cup SC or the Race SC for a guy like me? I want something that can perform in my high school racing league, but I also want to be able to ski it all-day, all-over the mountain. I like a ski that is fairly forgiving, but also requires the skier to work for it to perform. I'm in great physical shape, but I don't want a ski that will throw me all over the mountain. I only ski in New England, so there isn't a lot of Western-style powder skiing here. It's more ice and groomed trails. Last but not least, for each model, what size would you recommend for a skier who is 15 years old, weighs 150, and is around 5'8" tall? I'm thinking the 165cm, but I'm no expert. Thanks!

- hskier08

hskier08, First welcome to Epic nice to have you. Great site, lots of people from the east coast here, racers etc. Enjoy this site there is a LOT of information here.

To answer part of your question, I raced for some 23 yrs and I own the Fishcher RC4SC in 170 cm. You didn't list how much you weigh and your ability level, that would help. But heres my opinion. The WC is a little more demanding which may or may not be ok for racing (depends on your ability to bend this ski and your overall abilities). Off piste in the trees, powder etc. I would say the WC woould be a poor choice. The SC I would rate as follows; fun to ski, can be very precise but can make all types lof turns on this ski with ease and good feedback from ski. Stable at speed, can be as quick as you want it to be or as stable and fast as you can ski. Like the ski.

However, I do not like this ski off piste here in the PNW and don't use it anymore as my #1 ski when I am off piste, in the trees, powder etc. When snow conditions tell me off piste sucks (i.e., frozen ruts) I use my SC4's on the groomers and love them. Or if I go out with friends who are only going to ski groomers I will use the SC's.

DISCLAIMER. Never skied in the East and hear the ice is really great so take my opinion for what it is. Just wanted to welcome you to Epic and get your thread rolling. Put your weight and ability down and Bears will have a little more info. to answer corrected. Also, use the Search box on top of page and put in "Fischer RC4 WC and SC" and read those results. Good Luck have a great 08-09 and WELCOME
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

What size skis to buy? Really confused! Help please!

Hi,

After much research and consideration, I've decided to go with the 2008 Fischer World Cup SC ski. The only problem is, I don't know what size to pick! I'll be using the ski for slalom races in my high school league, so I want it to be responsive, but fast at the same time. I weigh 135 pounds, but will probably be 140ish, possibly almost 145 pounds by December, as I've been playing soccer a lot and occasionally working out. I'm 15 years old and 5'8'' tall; I don't expect to grow that much by December, maybe half an inch, if anything. My skill level is intermediate/advanced, but leaning more to the advanced side. I'm certainly not at the expert level yet though. I've narrowed my choices down to either 160cm or 165cm. I'll also be using this ski for all-mountain skiing (not off-piste though), so please take that into consideration. I have a feeling 165cm might be too big, but I don't know. My last pair of skis, blizzard slalom skis, were 150cm, but I bought those back in 2005 and have grown around 3-4 inches since then. Thanks guys!

- hskier08
post #4 of 11
I'd go for the 160's at your weight.
post #5 of 11
I have the WC SC in 165 cm with a 13-m sidecut radius, and am fairly happy with it performance. I weigh 165 lbs. 160 cm might work better at your weight. A longer turn radius (WC RC) would be better for gs.
post #6 of 11
I've had both the WC SC and the Race SC in a 160cm length. I'm about 160#, 5'10". For the WC SC I'd recommend that you go with the 160cm.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey, I've read all your comments and I'd like to thank you for your responses. However, while everyone on this forum says 160cm, a few other people, most notably the ski-depot CEO, told me to go 165cm. So now, it's pretty much tied. While I'll be using this ski for slalom, I also plan on some all-mountain skiing, just general downhill on-piste stuff. I've been hearing that the 160cm isn't as stable as the 165cm at higher speeds, but I've also been hearing that the 160cm is easier to maneuver and responds quicker than the 165. My biggest fear is outgrowing the 160cm's and having to buy new skis in less than 2 years (those things are expensive :-P). I'm also afraid that if I buy the 165cm skis, that I'll be too light for them (I weigh 135, probably 140ish by December). I don't want to buy a longer ski only to have them be unresponsive and throw me around the mountain. I want something I'm able to control and maneuver well, which I feel is the 160cm, but I also want it to be stable and reliable at high speeds, and I don't know if the 160cm lives up to that part of the criteria. Looking forward to more replies! As a last resort, I'll probably just call up Fischer and ask for their opinion.

My stats one more time:

I weigh 135 pounds, but expect to be 140-145 by December.
I'm 5'8" tall, but could end up being 5'9" by December.
I'm an intermediate/advanced skier, but leaning a lot more towards the advanced side. Not an expert YET.

Thanks!

- hskier08
post #8 of 11
I own a pair of Fischer 165 RX8's, not as stiff as the WC skis. I weigh around 200lbs (although I'm losing a lot of weight right now.) Even at 200 they were stable at moderately fast speeds and very turny. My girlfriend skis the 160 Race SC's (also not WC) I don't know her weight, but she's heavier then you.

I really don't think you weigh too much for the 160's and unless you ski extremely fast I still think that's the length for you.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
It's not that I feel I weigh too much for the 160s, it's just that I've been hearing that the 160cm, being shorter than the 165, is less stable and that 165cm is the way to go for stability at high speeds (40+). SkiMangoJazz, if you could ask your GF about the stability of her skis, whether they are easy to maneuver or not, and if she feels they are a good size for her, and then PM me her height, weight, and skill level, that would be great and could ultimately be my deciding factor in which size to get. If she refuses to give out that info, then rough estimates are good as well.
post #10 of 11
maybe this will help
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...hlight=fischer

I haven't tried the 160s, but I will be surprised if they can't handle high speeds(talking about wc sc, not race sc).
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Just bought the 160cm WC SCs, 2008. I'll be posting a thorough review once the season starts! Thanks guys!

- hskier08
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