Fischer Stella Alpina 88 (2017) - Ski Mag

Fischer Stella Alpina 88 (2017)


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Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 123-88-111
Lengths: 155, 162, 169

The 2017 Stella Alpina 88 is the only women's-specific touring ski from Fischer, with a 123 mm tip, 88 mm waist, 111 mm tail (built from the same mold as the men's Transalp 88, but with a feminine graphic and forward mounting point). It weighs in at 1,100 grams in the 160-cm length. Its dimensions are designed with versatility in mind, and this ski is intended to get the job done no matter what the conditions are like. It also has a relatively big 19 meter radius (at 177 cm) designed for big turns on the way down after earning them on the way up. While other touring skis are either quite fat or quite skinny, this sits right in the middle. 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.