Over the past decade Austrian brand Fischer has cemented itself as a premier provider of race skis that perform consistently fast. This is echoed in the fact that a significant portion of international competitors choose Fischer skis. The company also now seems ready to corner the boot market with their new SpeedMax Skate Boots, you can read my first impressions of those boots here.
For the 2015 / 2016 season Fischer has entered an entirely new market for the company, rollerskis. For this year they have released a classic and a skate ski in two product tiers: Carbonlite and RC7, and a skate and combi ski for juniors. All of which come NIS mounted except the carbonlite models.
In this post I will attempt to breakdown the differences and similarities between all of the different models.
The Carbonlite skate and classic skis from Fischer employ a carbon fiber shaft with an air core composite to aid in their on snow feel. The composite shafts on these skis will provide superior road noise dampening and help with ankle/leg fatigue on rough roads. Although the composite shafts lend themselves to a smooth ride this does not mean you are compromising on responsiveness or weight. Carbon fiber combined with Fischer’s air core technology results in a combination, not unlike their snow skis, but stiff enough to handle the stresses of rollerskiing.
The RC7 classic and skate rollerskis from Fischer are a more affordable summer training option than the Carbonlite skate and classic. The main difference between the two models are their shaft material. While the carbonlite model has a carbon composite shaft with an air core center, the RC7s’ employ an aluminum shaft. This results in a lighter and stiffer ski. The RC7 is over 100 grams lighter than the carbonlite model, but you may be asking why would you spend the money on the carbonlites’? Well it all comes down to vibration dampening and on snow feel. The carbonlites’ are going to absorb far more road noise than the RC7s’ and are going to feel much more like traditional skis on traditional snow. So if neither of those things matter to you, or you are looking to save some money, than the RC7s’ are great deal! These come NIS mounted out of the box.
Fischer is also offering two junior rollerski models, a skate ski as well as a combi ski. Both are essentially shorter versions of the RC7 models employing aluminum shafts. Both of these skis come NIS mounted out of the box.
Have you tried out any of Fischer’s new rollerskis? Let me know in the comments down below! And I also should be posting some impressions and a review on some of these skis in the near future!