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Fischer Progressor 8+ or 9+

post #1 of 9
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 Should i get the Progressor 9+ 175 cm or the 8+ 170 cm?

I'm 6' 2" and about 210 lbs. My skill level is a 7 or 8 and I'm a pretty aggressive, fast skier. I'm not sure whether to get the 8 or 9 they are very similar in price only about $20 difference at the place I'm buying from. I'm tempted to go with the longer stiffer ski just because of my size. 

Any input would be appreciated
post #2 of 9
The Prog 9 in a 175 is a pretty macho ski (guys with a racing background looking for that same old feel on a ski for the masses love the Prog 9...for other less than deep arcing hard chargers, it may be less than Ideal).  It's a great crudbuster IF you can keep the speed up and the edges tipped aggressively.

The Prog 8 is a tremendous ski with a much wider range of use than many folks realize.  Handles hard and eastern soft snow really well, it's a decent round-turn bump ski.  Faierly easy to handle with a high speed limit.  

However, at your size--the 170cm might seem a little under-gunned...any chance of getting the prog 8 in a 175??
post #3 of 9
8 or 9?
8 has the shorter radii and length range.  9 the longer radii and length range.
post #4 of 9

 I am 6'2" and around 190. Level 7 as well(so they tell me). I have been on both skis -- The 8+ for about 20 days so far, the 9+ during a demo. The major differences for me were that the 9+ has a heavier feel to it and obviously is stiffer. I found it to not be the most ammenable ski when it comes to short swing-type turns at slower speeds. The 8+ handles as well as slow speeds as it does when the speed picks up. The 8+ is also a bit wider with a deeper tip and makes short turns better, IMO. Although I don't have much time in moguls yet, the 8+ likely is going to be a lot easier to handle in this department. 

It comes down to preference and ability. Unless you are skiing fast the vast majority of your time and really have the skills to ski effectively while going fast, the 8+ probably will be more fun in the long run. I am not an expert or an authority on ski performance, but I would wager that the 8+ is enough ski for most anyone outside of those who truly ski at high speeds and have the skills to ski with good technique in this environment. 

Skiing fast and skiing fast with decent technique are two different things, really. Any ski will move fast downhill and will turn by pushing it around. If you are like me and ski fast sometimes but get leery on steeper pitches and manhandle the ski a bit, get the 8+.  Because of it's stiffness, the 9+ will not take too kindly to manhandling the skis or mangling technique. It likes proper edge sets and doesn't like to be forcefully pushed. 

I thought both skis are relatively sensititve to fore-aft balance and are not quite as forgiving as a ski like the RX8.

 

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Liam View Post

The Prog 9 in a 175 is a pretty macho ski (guys with a racing background looking for that same old feel on a ski for the masses love the Prog 9...for other less than deep arcing hard chargers, it may be less than Ideal).  It's a great crudbuster IF you can keep the speed up and the edges tipped aggressively.

The Prog 8 is a tremendous ski with a much wider range of use than many folks realize.  Handles hard and eastern soft snow really well, it's a decent round-turn bump ski.  Faierly easy to handle with a high speed limit.  

However, at your size--the 170cm might seem a little under-gunned...any chance of getting the prog 8 in a 175??


I think they only make the 8+ up to 170 cm
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
 I think I'm gonna go with the 9's because of my size, and I'm no too worried about the turns at slow speed because I'm young and i really only like to go fast and carve at high speeds. And as for my form, it's pretty good and is always improving because I constantly get tips from my friends who are former racers. 
post #7 of 9
Sounds good. Have fun with them. 
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by cbartlow View Post

 I think I'm gonna go with the 9's because of my size, and I'm no too worried about the turns at slow speed because I'm young and i really only like to go fast and carve at high speeds. And as for my form, it's pretty good and is always improving because I constantly get tips from my friends who are former racers. 
Have you tried the WC models?
WC RC for longer turns, WC SC for shorter turns. 
post #9 of 9
I second that, try the WC RC's. I've owned both the RC and the Progressor 9 and felt the RC was a much better ski in my opinion.
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