Fischer Pro MTN 80 TI (2017)

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Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 81
Tip/Tail/Waist: 124-81-110
Lengths: 159, 166, 173, 180

Fischer offers a choice at this waist width: metal or no metal. The metal-reinforced 80 Ti will be calmer at high speeds, edgier, more durable; the metal-free Pro Mtn 80 (no Ti) will be lighter, livelier, more forgiving. Both are built for all-mountain versatility, with great care taken to cut weight. The Pro Mtn series, new to Fischer in 2017 (and replacing the Motive series of all-mountain skis), consists of six models ranging in width from 95 mm (the flagship Pro Mtn 95) down to 74 mm waist (the value-priced Pro Mtn 74). The metal-reinforced top three models-the 95 Ti, 86 Ti, and 80 Ti-are sold flat (no binding); the lower three models-80, 77 and 74-are sold as systems (with binding). The top three models get all the key features: sturdy laminate construction with vertical sidewalls (for strength, edge-power, and durability); two sheets of metal (for high-speed calm and torsional rigidity; Fischer mills a relief pattern into the top sheet to cut weight); AirTec Ti core (air channels are milled into the wood core, also to save weight). Fischer's Razorshape profile gives the Pro Mtn an interesting look: The top corners of the ski are beveled to cut weight without sacrificing torsional stiffness (twist resistance). Carbon is inserted tip and tail to reduce swing weight and increase durability. All models are also rockered tip and tail, which smooths terrain shocks and enhances flotation and pivotability. The lower three models have no metal and no carbon-fiber inserts, to make them both less-expensive and more manageable. 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. -J.C.