Fischer Big Stix 122 (2014)


Rating: 2.74 / 5
Price: $895.00
Year: 2014
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 136
Tip/Tail/Waist: 145-122-136
Lengths: 185, 192

Stability at speed: 3.69 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.83 / 5
Crud performance: 3.20 / 5
Flotation: 3.54 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.43 / 5
Overall: 2.74 / 5

The new Big Stix 122 is the widest ski Fischer makes. It's a modern, "newschool powder" design, with pronounced, but gradual, rocker tip and tail for easy-pivoting deep-snow flotation. Tip and tail tapering (the widest parts of the ski are moved closer to the waist) further enhance is ability to change directions with minimal skier effort. It's the only Big Stix with this tapering. Fischer's Freeski collection splits into two groups: the surfy, twin-tipped powder specialists of the Big Stix collection (waist widths: 100, 110 and 122 mm) and the flat-tailed "sidecountry"/all-mountain generalists of the Watea collection (84 to 106 mm). The Big Stix models offer a looser, surfier ride with switch-riding (backwards) versatility in deep snow. Fischer introduces two new models for 2013-14. Bracketing the returning Big Stix 110 are 122-mm and 100-mm models. All are rockered tip and tail for smeary powder turns. The two widest models have carbon-rich laminates that stiffen them both torsionally and longitudinally for maximum power and responsiveness. The 100 also has carbon fiber in its layup, but less of it, in order to be softer flexing and less expensive. The 110 and 100 are both true (though somewhat subtle) twin-tips, while the 120 is less abruptly upturned in the tip and tail. All have low camber underfoot and fairly tight sidecut radii (for skis this wide) for a modicum of carving performance. All Big Stix are wood-core laminate constructions with full-length/height sidewalls. Wood is used for durability and responsiveness; full sidewalls for optimized edge grip and solidity underfoot. The sidewalls are angled - less edgy than vertical sidewalls and more resistant to damage caused by the opposite ski's edge. All models are metal-free, for light weight and lively performance, and all are sold flat (no binding). 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.