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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello!

I got RX8 this spring and there is one question which doesn't leave me...

Are all RX8 extremely slow on fresh wet snow? Air temperature just below freezing and it is snowing (perfect snow to make snowballs )...

During turn my skis accelerate at least a bit, but between turns when skis lay flat it feels like someone stepped on my skis and I'm going to fall forward .

Wax helps... But when it is worn off, no fun anymore...
post #2 of 12
Welcome to Epic.

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Originally Posted by irafar View Post
Hello!
Wax helps... But when it is worn off, no fun anymore...
Waxing a few times may help...this is what many racers do. I am not an expert at this and haven't skied the RX8, but you could look at the tuning & maintenance forum for some other suggestions.
post #3 of 12
It all comes down to your wax choice, most ski bases are of similar material!
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you...

Ski bases are similar, but not equal... My wife's Rossignols are fast even without wax.. So sometimes it looks funny when she is easy cruising down the hill, but I am doing my best to keep up with her

My friend's Heads doesn't like fresh artificial snow, but situation is not as bad as mine...

So I was wondering if this fault is common to RX8 FTI... If it is common, then I'll live with it... If not - then some maintenance to fix it
post #5 of 12
I owned the RX8, never had this issue. Suggest hot wax suitable for the temp range, make sure the bases are really impregnated.

Only other thing I can think of is your CM; you slow a ski down by weighting the front. Any possibility you're used to a ski with a more forward sweet spot? My memory of the 8's is that they were fairly neutral, and although otherwise forgiving of technique were not happy if I got too far either forward or back.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Buckwild View Post
It all comes down to your wax choice, most ski bases are of similar material!
Correct. Wet snow calls for the right wax. In fact, the wrong wax will be worst than no wax at all. Also the structure of base will play a role.

Also some stuff doesn't last long in my opinion. Zardoz no-wax is great in warm slush, and for me it seems to last about 2 runs.
post #7 of 12
The other thing to look at is your base structure. A rilled base will work better in wet snow. A flat base will stick more. If you intended to use the ski as a spring ski, increasing the base structure might be a good idea. If you plan to use it in all conditions, then go with wax.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
I owned the RX8, never had this issue. Suggest hot wax suitable for the temp range, make sure the bases are really impregnated.

Only other thing I can think of is your CM; you slow a ski down by weighting the front. Any possibility you're used to a ski with a more forward sweet spot? My memory of the 8's is that they were fairly neutral, and although otherwise forgiving of technique were not happy if I got too far either forward or back.
Interesting... Bindings are in the middle (there are 3 positions)... Maybe my boot is placed a bit forward but its just by 1 mm... I will investigate this as soon as I'll get on snow.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Waxing helps :)

post #10 of 12

all good points about base, structure (have a good shop?), and wax.^^ also, new skis need to be thoroughly hot waxed over and over and every time you ski for a while (10 reps probably) to really impregnate the base. That is why new skis are sometimes are not as fast as wax-cured base skis (your wifes rossi's?).

post #11 of 12
 I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I need some help. I'm thinking of buying the Fischer RX8 fire Railflex 08/09, but i don't know which length I should go with. I'm about 185 lbs and 6,1 ft. I would conisder myself a level 7/10 skier. What would be the right length for me, I'm thinking 170 or 175...
post #12 of 12
I'm the same size as you and owned the 170, always wished I had the 175 though.  RX8 is a very fun and forgiving ski, but it gives up a bit of stability at speed, so I always wished I had a bit longer ski than the 170.

Now own the 170 Progressor 8+ and like it a lot.  More versatile and better at speed than the RX8.

Mike

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Originally Posted by Breinen View Post

 I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I need some help. I'm thinking of buying the Fischer RX8 fire Railflex 08/09, but i don't know which length I should go with. I'm about 185 lbs and 6,1 ft. I would conisder myself a level 7/10 skier. What would be the right length for me, I'm thinking 170 or 175...
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