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The Best Frontside Skis of 2022: Fischer RC One 86GT

The Fischer RC One 86GT frontside ski returns for 2022, and has already become a classic ski that includes a binding.

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Brand: Fischer

Model: RC One 86GT

Overall Score: 3.82 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

130-86-116

Lengths (cm)

161, 168, 175, 182

Radius (m)

17 (175 length)

Waist Width (mm)

86

Gender

Unisex

Level

Intermediate through Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Wood, Titanal, BAFATEX

Stability at Speed

4.21 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.18 / 5

Playfulness

3.64 / 5

Forgiveness

3.54 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.25 / 5

Crud Performance

3.71 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.68 / 5

Binding Included

Yes

Flotation

3.18 / 5

2022 Fischer RC One 86GT

The Fischer RC One 86GT was tested in the men’s and women’s Frontside Categories in 2022 and in 2021. The scores above are from the Men’s Frontside category at the 2022 SKI Test at Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort. Use the links in the Table of Contents to find the review and additional scores that suit what you’re looking for.

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Fischer RC One GT86 – 2022 Men’s Frontside Ski Review

Note: Scores above.

Once again, the Fischer RC One 86GT fooled testers into thinking it was made to carve, but once the testers took it beyond the groomed terrain, it exceeded expectations in the choppy snow and moguls of Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t rip trenches in the groomed stuff, too. “For such a carver-looking ski, it holds up fantastic in the crud,” comments tester Otto Gibbons. “Easy to rail a turn while only asking for moderate tip engagement. The ski can absolutely trench and arc in a variety of sizes.”

There are two technology factors that set the RC One 86GT apart. The first is a triple turn radius, which provides a unique turn shape and edge feel at different speeds. The other is BAFATEX, a material traditionally used for making sails, which is overlaid in the ski’s shovel and tail. Add in shaped Titanal, a binding plate, and a little bit of early rise in the shovel, and this is a ski that will make its handler happy everywhere on the mountain.

A number of testers with race backgrounds were most impressed by Fischer’s frontside entry. Despite the 17-meter turn radius, the skis provided a sharper turn than many of the other skis in this category, delivering a near-slalom-like feel. Unlike race skis, however, there was very little hookiness from the Fischer, which made it enjoyable beyond the piste. “If I had to describe these with one word it would be supple,” writes tester Dustin Cook. “They want you to be on edge, but they’re nice and forgiving when you get there and allow you to do what you want.”

  • Strengths: Quickness/Maneuverability (3rd in category), Hard Snow Integrity (5th)
  • Weaknesses: Flotation (15th), Balance of Skills/Versatility (10th)

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Fischer RC One GT86 – 2022 Women’s Frontside Ski Review

The unisex Fischer RC One 86GT came in at No. 3 after once again wowing testers with its zippy energy and smooth handling. Testers describe it as a Porsche Cyan—it’s smooth and powerful and goes almost anywhere with grace and precision.

The ski’s triple turn radius is supposed to allow skiers to seamlessly enter in and out of turns and switch up turn shapes at will, but testers found that this ski definitely has a preference for slalom turns, giving it the highest category scores in Quickness. The RC One 86GT also earned the second highest scores in Stability at Speed, which makes this ski tailored to those who can harness a ski’s energy and transform that into speed and power.

Related: See how it stacks up against the best women’s frontside skis of 2022

“These babies rip,” comments tester Courtney Harkins. “They look for hard and fast snow, and turn on a dime. Tons of fun and would be a killer daily driver for an ex-racer or someone who just likes to crush groomers.”

Where the RC One 86GT falls a little short is in the Versatility department. Testers acknowledged that you can make larger radius turns on this ski, but you have to work a little harder for them. And testers commented that while you can take this ski off the groomed, it definitely prefers hardpack.

Because it’s so quick and snappy, testers decided the RC One 86GT is better suited to athletic skiers who can command that kind of energy. Intermediate skiers may appreciate this ski’s solid and smooth performance on groomers—but testers caution that only the skilled will be able to tap into the real energy this ski has to offer.

“It’s not that easy to turn at slower speed and really performs best when you step on it,” cautions tester Wendy Crosby, and testers ranked it lower in the Forgiveness category because of this.

But strong skiers who have a penchant for carving and firing off short turns will find exactly what they’re looking for in this energetic frontside ski. Says tester Tracy Gibbons: “Wow, what a fun ski. Felt like I had on an expensive pair of dancing shoes. I could rip up the whole frontside—groomers, bumps, trees—with confidence.”

  • Strengths: Quickness, Stability at Speed
  • Weaknesses: Forgiveness, Crud Performance

Related: The Best Women’s Frontside Skis of the Year

Fischer RC One GT86 - 2022 Women's Frontside Ski Scores
OVERALL SCORE 3.96 / 5
FLOTATION 2.89 / 5
STABILITY AT SPEED 4.44 / 5
QUICKNESS 4.5 / 5
PLAYFULNESS 4.22 / 5
FORGIVENESS 3.61 / 5
CRUD PERFORMANCE 3.72 / 5
HARD SNOW PERFORMANCE 4.22 / 5
BALANCE OF SKILLS / VERSATILITY 3.78 / 5
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Fischer RC One GT86 – 2021 Men’s Frontside Ski Review

2021 Fischer RC One 86 GT Frontside ski
2021 Fischer RC One GT86Photo courtesy of Fischer

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Men’s Frontside Ski Review of the 2021 Fischer RC One GT86

Last year’s cover ski is still the crème de la crème of the more pure carving-oriented entries in this category, but that doesn’t mean it should be written off as a one-trick pony. Testers enthusiastically took the RC1 86GT all over, lighting up the world-famous bumps and devouring the steep, chalky terrain of Taos Ski Valley. Still, it was nearly unanimous that this Fischer absolutely owns the groomers, and it has absolutely no speed limit.

STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity

WEAKNESSES: Forgiveness, Playfulness

Fischer RC One GT86 - 2021 Men's Frontside Ski Scores
OVERALL SCORE 4.05 / 5
QUICKNESS / MANEUVERABILITY 4.39 / 5
PLAYFULNESS 3.89 / 5
FORGIVENESS 3.5 / 5
HARD SNOW PERFORMANCE 4.5 / 5
CRUD PERFORMANCE 3.44 / 5
BALANCE OF SKILLS 4.05 / 5
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Fischer RC One GT86 – 2021 Women’s Frontside Ski Review

The unisex RC1 86GT won SKI Test gold in the men’s Frontside category last year and was entered into the women’s test this year because Fischer doesn’t make gender-specific skis. Turns out, our ladies loved it too, thanks to its easy swing weight and triple turn radius, which allows the ski to energetically bound from edge to edge. Testers ranked it No. 1 in Quickness and agreed it could tackle anything the resort threw at it if steered by a firm hand.

STRENGTHS: Quickness, Stability at Speed

WEAKNESSES: Crud Performance, Versatility

Women’s Scoresheet for the Fischer RC One 86GT

Stability at Speed Quickness Playfulness Forgivness Hard Snow Crud Balance of Skills
4.56 4.78 4.22 4.11 4.44 3.89 4.11