Fischer Alpattack (2017)

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Year: 2017
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Gender: Female
Waist Width: 65
Tip/Tail/Waist: 99-65-81
Lengths: 151, 161

The Alpatack is Fischer's lightest touring ski, coming in at just 650 g. It's also Fischer's skinniest touring ski, with a 99 mm tip, 65 mm waist, and 81 mm tail. This is a touring ski designed for those who not only like to ski uphill, but also like to ski uphill very often, and very fast. It's not built to charge through powder, but it is built to be a stable and practical tool for getting up and down the hill with ease and speed. Its 20.8 meter radius (at 161 cm) is also quite long, designed for wide-open turns on the way down after earning them on the way up. Fischer's Tour series, comprising seven backcountry skis ranging in width from 65 to 100 mm, specializes in the constantly evolving world of ski touring, from speed-oriented rando racing to powder chasing freeriding. Every model in the series features a variety of technologies designed to keep them light yet powerful: AirTec Ti wood cores are milled with empty channels to reduce weight; Aeroshape profile features a slimmer, lighter profile with a rounded top surface; lightweight materials like paulownia wood decreases the skis' weight (which ranges from 650 to 1,500 grams, depending on model and length), while Titanal strips, rather than full sheets, adds stability and durability. Tour Rocker get the ski up and over powder and other varied conditions while the tail stays relatively flat, for secure turn finishes. For the most part, these skis are built to tackle off-piste terrain, and if you enjoy skinning up mountains as much as you enjoy skiing down them, this is the best series Fischer has to offer you. Family-owned Fischer Skis is based in Reid, Austria, where all its skis (and many of those of other brands) are built. Fischer says its factory in Reid is the second largest manufacturer of skis in the world.-C.D.

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