The Fischer Speed Max line of skis is touted by many as the replacement for the legendary Carbonlite line of skis. The Speed Max Classic Plus aligns with my long held opinion that the Speed Max line of skis is no replacement for the Carbonlite, but just a solid second option in Fischer’s top of the line series of skis. I skied on the 202 soft model of these skis with an Li2 grind, hot boxing, and race hardening from Caldwell Sport in Putney VT.
I had the opportunity to test the Speed Max’s in conditions that varied from slushy warm spring days all the way to bitterly cold packed powder days in January. I am pleased to say that they performed exceptionally well in all of these conditions. Due to this consistent performance, I found myself racing nearly exclusively on these skis whether with klister or with hard wax.
This is not say that they are without flaw. The Speed Max’s may be incredibly fast and reliable, but getting them this way can be time consuming and at times frustrating. This problem is most apparent when attempting to dial in kick wax or klister for the day. I found it just plain difficult to make the Speed Max’s fast. At times it felt as if there was just too much kick and others when there was none at all. Of course when you dial in the skis for the given conditions they become rocket ships on snow.