Fischer Models

The introduction of Speedmax models has added some options to the Fischer line-up for 2013-14. The nice thing about Speedmax is that it doesn’t represent a departure from the long-standing design philosophy and approach that Fischer has used to become a dominant brand. All of the product descriptons below remain accurate, and the availability of Speedmax models adds some depth to the product offering. Read our full run-down on the Speedmax construction for background information on that option. Here’s what we can get you for 2013-14:
Fischer Carbonlite Skate 610 in Plus and Cold models – $735
Fischer Speedmax Skate 610 in Plus and Cold models – $795
Fischer Carbonlite Classic 812 in Plus and Cold models – $735
Fischer Speedmax Classic 902 (S-Track) in Plus and Cold models – $795

This chart provides guidelines. Specific ski selections may vary according to specific circumstances, and grind selections are always subject to discussion! Please submit a ski request form to place an order.

Preface on models, molds and base materials
Fischer produces skis in two different mold designs for both skate and classic. They also produce skis with two different base materials. While they continually test additional molds and base materials, these core designs reflect what is predominantly used at the highest levels of racing.

Anytime you talk about a model – Carbonlite Plus Classic – you’re describing a combination of a mold and a base material. The mold settings and material distribution are slightly modified for different models – a cold ski is different from a plus ski beyond just the different base material. In general, the A5 (cold) base and the cold model mold set-up are best in extreme cold (green) conditions. They can often be quite good in blue conditions as well, particularly on the classic side of things. But in general the 28 base and plus models are more universal.

Fischer Skate Skis
The 610 mold from Fischer is an industry standard for skate skis to the extent that such a thing exists. The mold has been around for ages, since skate skis were a pretty new idea. The design of the ski – specific shape and distribution of materials – has evolved a long way since those days, but the mold defines the starting point for shape and that is unchanged.

In recent years the 610 has been the ski that handles the broadest range of conditions at the highest level of performance of anything out there. If you need to have one pair of skis to handle all conditions – soft, wet, hard, cold – you should have a 610. The flexibility in the design comes from the very well defined bridge that establishes a firm wheelbase without a huge amount of action. This means that the ski doesn’t change a lot with changing loads or track conditions, and it means that the ski can handle a broad range of skier weights, skiing styles, and conditions. This bridge characteristic is coupled with a really smooth set of front-end flex characteristics which keep tension in the forebody materials quite low, while providing a fairly focused pressure distribution. The focused pressure distribution would be a bit of an issue if the forebody load was high, but the balance point is quite far back on the skis, and the bulk of the load distribution is to the rear of the ski.

The overall picture that emerges is one of a ski that acts a little like a surf-board. Excellent free gliding characterists, but not a huge amount of action and energy response. In the last couple of years the 610 has evolved and now offers a more active and responsive feeling. While Fischer skis still have a low amount of bridge action compared with other skis on the market like Rossignol and Madshus, they have evolved toward more action and better elasticity in the past couple of years. Comparing a new 610 to a good pair from 2006 you will feel more front end load, and may not feel quite as slippery. But you will almost certainly ski at a faster average speed on the new skis.

The current 610 remains the most flexible and broad-range solution available. It’s excellence is unquestioned, and it continues to be good enough in all conditions for the best skiers in the world to win on day in and day out. The evolution of the product has been positive, as evidenced by the overwhelming adoption of new skis into high end race fleets. Just about everybody is skiing around with holes in the tips of their skis!

115. The 115 mold has also been around for years. The major difference between the 115 and the 610 is that the 115 has a high point further forward on the ski. This means that, at rest, the angle of attack of the forebody of the ski is steeper. As the ski is loaded and the materials are forced to conform to a flat surface, the steeper angle of attack means more material deformation, and more tension carried in the materials. This tension creates a tight and snappy response, and really secure edge pressure in motion. The 115 is a great ski for hard transformed snow – violet conditions. But in conditions with high static friction, or where the snow crystals can absorb energy from the skis, the added tension feeds energy into the snowpack and steals running speed from the equation.

Fischer Classic Skis
The 812 construction was introduced sometime around 2000, and it was one of the first classic skis to step away from a traditional leaf-spring type camber action. That leaf-spring camber is set-up so that the skier stands high on the camber, and the pocket closes incrementally from the ends back toward the high point. The 812 pocket was set-up to have the high point a bit further forward, and the action of the pocket focused on the ends, so that the whole pocket works together. This allows the skier to load the pocket from pretty far back, so that when the weight is back on the foot, the pocket is open, and when the weight rolls forward and the skier loads the back of the pocket, the whole thing closes all at once. It’s a great idea, and allows the skis to be fit very soft, with a really position-driven action. You don’t need to kick hard to kick an 812, but you do need to shift your weight forward on your foot.

Fischer was also one of the first companies to work with residual camber as a design element. Residual camber is the remaining shape ┬áin the wax pocket when the ski is full loaded under the foot. A ski that closes entirely flat has no residual camber. It’s very common for retailers to identify skis with residual camber as being impossible to kick. They really ought to try skiing on them first! Residual camber is a matter of degrees – too much, in the wrong conditions, definitely makes a ski hard to kick. But the upside is that even a small amount of residual camber can provide superior running speed in a wide range of conditions. Skis that close completely flat are often quite slow, and must be set-up considerably stiffer and higher than skis with some residual camber.

Selecting the right 812 is a matter of identifying the right combination of pocket characteristics – strength, action and shape – combined with the right shape, load and pressure distribution in the running surfaces. 812 skis are produced with a wide range of characteristics, and can be selected for universality, or to suit specific needs. Pocket length is determined by the mold settings and the distribution of materials in the ski, not by the skiers weight. 812 pockets generally run from about 20cm behind the balance point to about 30cm forward of the balance point. Variation in the pocket for different weight skiers will almost always be a question of layering and thickness of the wax job.

902. The 902 ski was designed as a klister ski, and features a considerable amount of tip and tail splay. The short and focused pressure distribution provides superior gliding characteristics in wet and transformed snow. The 902 pocket is similar to the 812, but with higher camber, and often with a punchier more active feel. While it was designed as a klister ski, the 902 can be a great hardwax or klister covered ski for red conditions. It can also be a really easy to kick hardwax ski when we’re able to find relatively low amounts of residual camber and tip and tail splay.