South American Ski Selections: Fischer Big Stix 110

2012-2013 Fischer Big Stix 110 – 186cm (139-110-124)

Fischer Big Stix 110

Fischer? Really?

This selection might come as a surprise to a lot of people.

The truth is, in our circles, folks don’t talk much about Fischer skis, and even fewer people are on them. This has increasingly come to strike us as bizarre.

First, Fischer is a dominant presence in the alpine and nordic racing world. Last year, almost 80% of World Cup podium finishes were by Fischer athletes, as were more than half the nordic medals won in Vancouver.

(Counter Argument: OK, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to race skis. But that doesn’t mean they know anything about freeride skis….)

Second, while the freeskiers we know may not be talking about Fischer skis, they are talking about Fischer boots, and virtually everyone wants to check out the exceptionally interesting Fischer Vacuum (see our review).

(Counter Argument: Well, yeah, so they make innovative and highly regarded freeride boots, but that doesn’t mean that they know how to make great freeride skis….)

We don’t think either of these arguments hold much water. The idea that Fischer is killing it on the race front but is just floundering when it comes to freeride skis—but not freeride boots—seems doubtful. So we started to take a much closer look at their freeride lineup.

And the closer we looked, the more intrigued we’ve become, and the crazier it’s seemed that Fischer hasn’t been a bigger part of the conversation.

For 2012-2013, Fischer’s entire freeski line is more specialized than in years past. It’s been separated into two dedicated groups: the Watea and the Big Stix series.

“Big Stix” has been stamped on skis throughout Fischer’s alpine lineup for a while, from 106mm underfoot boards considered “fat” in 2003, to 76mm-waisted carvers in following years. So the Big Stix name’s been around, but never in such a dedicated fashion. And we’re extremely curious to find out what the company is bringing to the freeride game this year with a couple of skis, starting with the Big Stix 110 (one of three skis in Fischer’s big-mountain line).

The build of the Big Stix 110 seems really smart and deliberate. It doesn’t look or feel like a ski that some race-stock company slapped together because they needed to make something fat and rockered, like everybody else.

The Big Stix 110 has a full wood core and an even, moderate hand flex. We like.

The 110 is rockered in both the tip and tail, but the rocker is subtle—the rocker lines don’t go nearly as deep into the ski as many other similar skis in the 110mm class. This isn’t automatically a better thing, but on the face of it, we dig the longer effective edge of the 110 and the prospects of increased stability.

The Big Stix 110 also has a good bit of camber underfoot, so if Fischer has managed to sync this up well with the modest tip rocker, minimal tail rocker, and relative stiffness of the ski, then this thing ought to provide plenty of bite in firm conditions, hold up well at high speeds, potentially handle chopped conditions better than most of the skis in its class, and still provide good float and a bit of playfulness.

You still wondering why we’re taking Fischer with us to Las Leñas? You still sure that they shouldn’t be on your radar?

You can now read Jonathan’s full review of the Big Stix 110.

 

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3 comments on “South American Ski Selections: Fischer Big Stix 110”

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    is the amount of Rocker in the tip comparable to the last season’s watea 114?

    I liked the watea 114 apart from one thing – the powder hull. When I demoed the 114 the hull got caught at times, depending on your edge angle and the surface below and it took some effort to release the ski. Scary! But now this seems to be gone and therefore Fischer is back on the – or at least on my – map for demoing. So if the 110 is a slightly narrower 114 with some added tailrocker and no powder hull in the tip it sounds intersting…

    • Hey Hannes,

      Admittedly we’re not familiar enough with the Watea 114 to give an exact, by-the-numbers comparison of the tip rocker measurements on both skis. The Big Stix 110’s tip rocker looks pretty conservative (from a rough measurement it seems to be about 20-25cm deep – exact numbers to come), especially compared to the amount of camber the ski has. You are correct that Fischer has done away with the Powder Hull construction in the tip. Above all, this looks like a very promising ski and we will be logging time on it over the next several days. Stay tuned for a First Look!

      Best,

      Will

  2. Thank’s Will. I have not measured how deep the rocker went into the ski body with the 114. It was not too much – neither the length of the rocker nor the splay seemed extreme and the 114 in a 186 did not ski short and had good edgehold. I’ll wait for your review and rockerprofile shots and go from there whether I’ll try to get ’em under my feet during one of the season openings on the glaciers.

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