The rollerski market is not one where there is usually fierce competition. There are only a few different brands and most people usually pick one and stick with it. Over the past product year the rollerski market has seen real growth. Producers of traditional ski gear are experimenting with selling / producing rollerskis. Specifically Fischer has launched a new line of rollerskis for this season. In this article I will be reviewing the new Carbonlite Skate rollerskis from Fischer. In this review I will evaluate the Carbonlite Skate Rollerskis in four areas: performance, build quality, specifications, and finally value.
The performance of the Carbonlite Skate Rollerskis is a little complicated and depends on your style of skiing and the surface that you ski on the most. I personally rollerski in two general areas: old and very rough pavement and a dedicated rollerski track. The Carbonlites performed very well on the very smooth fresh asphalt found on the rollerski track and on some specific roads. On the worn out and pretty rough road there was significant road noise and vibration resulting in sore feet. Now the vibrations were not nearly as bad as with an aluminum shafted ski, but they were significantly worse than that of Marwe 620 XC skates. Now this vibration does indicate something which for some skiers will be a very important feature. Stiffness. These skis are noticeably stiffer than most other composite skis. This is a big deal for bigger or more aggressive skiers who commonly break their skis. It also allows for more efficient power transfer and faster skiing. So as a bigger skier you may not notice the road vibrations as much as I did and potentially end up with skis which are less likely to break! The rolling resistance on these skis was similar to Marwe #6 wheels but perhaps slightly slower (a pro for some and a con for others). Overall the performance of the Fischer Carbonlite Skate Rollerskis will be somewhat dependent on your body type and where you primarily ski.
The build quality of the Fischer Carbonlite Skate Rollerskis is the category in which I feel that these skis really shined.The fit and finish of the skis is really just impeccable. They feel very solid and are built with an obvious attention to detail. If exposed carbon weave is your thing then you’re going to LOVE the look of these skis.
The specifications of these rollerskis are fairly standard but there are a few things worth noting. Firstly the dimensions are: wheel diameter=100mm, wheel width=24mm, ground clearance=29mm, and weight per ski=965g. The skis are slightly heavier than other composite skis available but that is most likely due to my next point and isn’t all that apparent. The wheels which the skis come mounted on are metal (aluminum to be specific). While this is not uncommon it does add some weight to the skis and adds to vibrations and road noise. Unfortunately the added weight is at the end of the skis maximizing its impact. While metal is heavier it is in theory more durable, but I must say that I have never seen a plastic rollerski rim break. Overall the specification of these skis are pretty standard, the only things which really differentiates these skis from its composite counterparts are its carbon fibre cap, and its “Razor shape base” a narrowing of the base on the bottom to maximize clearance.
The final category which I will be evaluating these skis in is value. These skis retail for $369.95 which is on par with other top of the line rollerski offering from companies such as Marwe and Swenor. These skis while expensive will last a very long time due to their impressive build quality.
Overall the Fischer Carbonlite Skate Rollerkis are some of the better skate rollerskis I have had the opportunity to ski on. This becomes even more impressive when considering the fact that Fischer is entirely new to the rollerski market and this is their first attempt at producing a rollerski. I can’t wait to see how they progress their technology and feature set over the next few years. There are a few problems that still need to be addressed though. If you are a light skier than these skis may be too stiff for you and the vibration damping which comes with a composite ski will be compromised. In addition they can feel a little heavy and or sluggish at times, particularly when trying to keep up with other skiers on faster wheels. These skis would in my opinion maybe be the perfect ski for someone who is just a little too big or aggressive in their style for other composite skis (these seem as if they may be a little tougher to snap than some other brands).
These skis were provided to me by Fischer for the purposes of this review, this did not impact my assessment of this product. My views are my own.