New in our rental shop for the 2017/18 winter season, we have this year’s Fischer RC4 The Curv Ti skis for rent in our VIP line. These are dedicated on-piste skis, and as with most of our VIP line, they are best suited for more advanced skiers. As the name suggests, these skis were designed by Fischer to help you achieve perfectly carved turns on the slopes and it’s safe to say that they’ve done a perfect job. The set we’re reviewing today is 171cm long (perfect for my 190cm height), so some of the numbers may vary slightly for different lengths.
Tip-Waist-Tail (mm): 120-70-103
Turn Radius (m): 15
These skis were designed for medium length turns on the slopes. The 15m turn radius is longer than other skis in our VIP line, but still allow the rider to make fast turns. The 70mm waist is on the slim side of the spectrum, meaning it will take more effort to ski on choppy terrain, but have a better edge grip when the slopes are nice and smooth. There are 5 different length options: 150,157,164,171,178.
Technologies and Features
Air Carbon Ti 0.5 – Wood Core with double Titanal shell, reinforced with Air Carbon. This gives the ski exceptional lateral stiffness with perfect edge grip and extremely smooth running as a result.
On-Piste Rocker – The “rocker” is defined by the early rise of the ski’s nose when looked at from the side. This technology is used by almost all ski manufacturers in one way or another. It allows for easier turn-initiation and reduces the chance of undesired edge-catching.
Sintered Bases – Sintered bases have exceptional waxing properties and a very long service life. This means that the skis will last longer and can be serviced more times before the base gets too thin.
Skiing the Fischer RC4 The Curv Ti
Simply put, these skis were built for going really fast down the mountain and they do this exceptionally well. Metaphorically speaking, if a normal pair of beginner skis hold an edge like a train on rails, then these skis are a roller coaster with loops. The stability at high speeds is impressive and scary at the same time and you’ll notice this within the first few turns. The Curv Ti skis incline you to go all out and, unless you’re a world cup athlete, they won’t hinder your ability or leave you with the feeling that you need more performance from the skis. Thanks to its rocker technology, going from turn to turn is smooth and with minimal risk of catching an edge and crashing. The carbon in the construction gives the ski excellent lateral stability, resulting in even more control at high speeds.
Sounds good? All of this high-speed stability comes at the cost of easy slow skiing. You’ll need to put in some more effort if you want to ski short turns at slower speeds. This doesn’t mean you can’t ski slowly, but there are better skis in our VIP line for this task. Another downside that arises from the narrow waist of the skis is that they are less stable when the snow is choppy/bumpy/slushy. For such conditions, wider skis are a better choice.
If you’re a good intermediate or advanced skier who loves doing carving turns, then these skis are perfect for you. On days with optimal slope conditions, these will be my first choice from now on. The Fischer RC4 The Cur Ti skis are definitely not for first time skiers.
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