Fischer Hybrid 8.5 (2014)


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Price: $1095.00
Year: 2014
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 111
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-85-111
Lengths: 161, 168, 175, 182

The 8.5 comes from the same mold as the 8.5 Ti, but to make it lighter and a bit less demanding, Fischer replaces the metal laminates of the 8.5Ti with fiberglass/carbon ones. It's only sold as a system, with a 12-DIN binding. Fischer's Hybrid models are the world's only skis with an on/off switch for rocker. The mechanism uses a lightweight band that connects the tip and a locking mechanism in front of the toepiece. Flip the switch to on, then bend the shovel of the ski, and the band clicks into the fixed position, holding the ski tip in a rockered position (about 3 mm of tip-lift on the narrower models; about 4 mm on the wider models). Thus the Hybrid system, now in its second season, offers rocker when you want it (for soft-snow flotation, shock absorption and enhanced turn initiation), or full camber when you don't (for a longer, more stable active edge). There are four models in the Hybrid series ranging in width from a floaty 95 mm down to a carvy 75 mm. All 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 (except the Hybrid 8.5) are metal-reinforced (two sheets of Titanal alloy - 0.5 mm thick) for solidity, durability and high-speed calm. Two models are sold flat (no binding), and two are system skis, sold with Fischer brand bindings (manufactured by Tyrolia). 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.