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Fischer Progressor 8+ Vs 9+ ; opinions please?

Poll Results: Fischer 8+ or 9+ ?

Poll expired: Oct 11, 2008  
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    Fischer 8+
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    Fischer 9+
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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for an "afternoon" ski; basically something I can rip and have fun on after oldguys race practice... After some great insight from the room yesterday, I've settled on the Fischer Progressor - but now trying to decide between the 8+ and 9+.

9+ would be 170 cm;
8+ could go 170 or 175;

Not looking for a GS ski (already have a Fischer RC4 GS 17M), but more looking for a ski I can rip aggressive carving on hard snow, then drop occasionally into bumps or easy trees. My question is that what I want to do, would the 8+ be too soft? 9+ too stiff

Sorry - haven't skied either, but have the Fisher cheater GS, so comfortable with the feel of Fishers.

THANKS!

6'1" 200lbs
Currently on Atomic WC GS12 183 (23M) and WC SL12 165

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post #2 of 14
I don't think you can go wrong with either ski, the 9 will be a little stiffer in the bumps but have better hold on the hard pack. You coulsd easily run gates with it also. The 8 would be a little better flex wise in the bumps but give up a slight bit on the hard pack. The 8 is lighter if that is any considerstion. Not much of an answer for you but I really doubt if you would dislike either ski.
post #3 of 14
Considering you have 200 lbs to work with, I would say the 9+ would be better for you, based on stats not experience with either ski. The 9+ is more of a carver and less tolerant of other techniques. The 8+ is wider and softer and more forgiving, so if you plan on spending more time on soft snow in the trees than carving the hard stuff, go for the 8.

I would think 170 cm (longest available) for the 8+ and AT LEAST 175 for the skinier 9+.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
The argument for 9+ seems to be very sound.

i'm leaning toward 170 cm on the 9+ as a hack around ski.

I already have the Fischer RC4 at 180cm, so I'm figuring 9+with the narrower tail would feel pretty similar to the RC4. Have you found the 170 to be too sketchy? I am trying to get closer to the slalom, but able to run a bit. Thanks!
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
also, having just learned to ski/race in the past 10 years, I'm actually now learning how to NOT carve all the time (i.e. getting out of the gates and around the mountain more)...

Hoping this is the right ski as i can pick it up for $899 here in Toronto
post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by csr_jr View Post
I'm looking for an "afternoon" ski; basically something I can rip and have fun on after oldguys race practice... After some great insight from the room yesterday, I've settled on the Fischer Progressor - but now trying to decide between the 8+ and 9+.

9+ would be 170 cm;
8+ could go 170 or 175;

Not looking for a GS ski (already have a Fischer RC4 GS 17M), but more looking for a ski I can rip aggressive carving on hard snow, then drop occasionally into bumps or easy trees. My question is that what I want to do, would the 8+ be too soft? 9+ too stiff

Sorry - haven't skied either, but have the Fisher cheater GS, so comfortable with the feel of Fishers.

THANKS!

6'1" 200lbs
Currently on Atomic WC GS12 183 (23M) and WC SL12 165
Shouldn't that RC4 GS at 180cm be R >21 m?
What RC4 GS do you have? Agree, if you already have the RC4 WC RC, then 9+ is probably too close.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
I may be miscommunicating - WC RC4 I always saw 17M - must be the "RC". It's the beer league ski - sorry if I misled.

I've just found it too turny in the gates. Specs below -

Fischer RC4 WC GS

LENGTHS: 170/175/180/185
RADIUS: 16m/175cm
SIDECUT: 112-66-97
:: FlowFlex Plate Technology
:: Sandwich Construction
:: Frequency Tuning
:: Air Carbon Ti
:: Dual Titanium
:: World Cup Racing Base
:: World Cup Edge

However, i have always liked the heavy feel of the ski...

Where do you ski mostly - Blue Mtn?
post #8 of 14
Sounds like the old RC4 WC RC, a great ski.

Mostly I ski at
http://www.skiontario.on.ca/alpine.asp
In order of most frequent: Chicopee, Blue Mountain, Talisman, Calabogie Peaks, Mont St. Marie, Mount St. Louis Moonstone. (changing soon)

The 9+ would be 4 mm wider, a bit softer, and not that far off.

Since you already have the RC, go for the 8+; it's a little further removed. If you don't plan on skiing deeper softer snow, you might want to consider the WC SC, especially if you will be mostly on hard snow. At 165 lbs, I find the SC pretty good for short turns on Blue, though something a little softer would be better for Chicopee.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
It looks like the 8+ is too soft. I'm 200lbs; going
with the 9 in 170 and work the tip. Hopefully the -10cm will make it fun. Anyway, if it's too stiff I can figure something out. No moguls until end of year, usually (trip to Sutton).

I'm @ Blue alot this year; every Thursday - Sunday. What is meant by the "changing soon"? something up at MSLM?
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by csr_jr View Post
It looks like the 8+ is too soft. I'm 200lbs; going
with the 9 in 170 and work the tip. Hopefully the -10cm will make it fun. Anyway, if it's too stiff I can figure something out. No moguls until end of year, usually (trip to Sutton).

I'm @ Blue alot this year; every Thursday - Sunday. What is meant by the "changing soon"? something up at MSLM?
my new home mountains. (Yes! not just one!)

http://www.skitown.com/resortguide/s...m/on29/Onaping

video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VAsS...eature=related

http://www.grandsudbury.ca/cms/index...TOKEN=12633190
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey - that looks like fun! Great energy in that clip
post #12 of 14
 I am 6'2" and weight 210 pounds and ski basically the same style as you do. I considered both the 8+ and the 9+; however, after lots of researching I decided on the progressor 9+ (175 cm). I took them out 6 times already this year, and they can handle everything i can throw at them. It is a really fun ski, and you will enjoy them if thats what you decide to purchase.

Also, consider buying last years model, it is pretty much the exact same ski with different colors, and you can pick them up for around $500.
post #13 of 14

That's a flashback, first skied at Onaping in High School in the 70s, and I don't think there is any snowmaking there at all now!   Small hill but really nice old school vibe.   To bad Mt. Anoine in Mattawa is closed now, that was the mecca for Sudbury area skiers.
post #14 of 14
I'm on 9+, 180cm and is 6'4" and 210lbs and I have never found them to short, not even in moguls, rather vice versa, could have had them in 185.
My spouse is on 8+, 165cm and she loves them, she's 5'3" and 143lbs

So if I'd give a recomendation go for 9+, 175cm
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