2020 Fischer Mystique My Style EF IFP

The Fischer Mystique My Style cross-country skis are a notable step-up from beginner skis, but do offer a wide variety of ability levels something to like. Built with an Air-Channel Basalite core consisting of fiberglass and wood, the skis are very light thanks to the milled-out channels. Recouping the material loss and adding to the performance is the volcanic basalt fibers that do a fair amount of the heavy lifting in terms of strength. Nordic skiing can be difficult if you let it, but the Mystique skis seem to do a good job at making it easier. The Efficient Forward design makes the underfoot area of the ski a bit more flexible so the kick action is easier and more forgiving. For emerging skiers, this is a huge benefit as it makes the whole experience a lot more user-friendly and confidence-inspiring. Most of our testers, regardless of ability, found the Mystique to be capable, fun, and versatile for an “entry level” ski.

Lauren Lepage skied the 169 and found it to be grippy and stable with high scores for those as well as maneuverability. “As a beginner/intermediate skier, I felt very comfortable on this ski. My overall impression was great—I could maneuver myself well in and out of the track and I felt very stable going downhill.” Lauren does note, however, that there’s a limit to what this ski can do. “My only concern with a ski like this is the versatility.” If you’re looking for more adventure out of your Nordic experience, perhaps the Mystique finds its limitations there.

Shelby Parenteau notes that her 169 Mystique was “a step up from the beginner skis, the Mystique had more glide and speed, but did not feel as stable. This is in part to my ability level I would assume. I did find these skis more maneuverable than the beginner skis.” In regards to the nice binding, Shelby points out that she “also thought the twist mechanism to release the binding was nice and easy.” It’s all a part of the overall experience, so definitely worth mentioning.

Also on the 169, Steph Locke loved the glide and felt the weight was appropriate, with those categories, as well as overall impression, all receiving 5’s out of 5. Steph loved the glide, weight, and overall impression of these nice skis. “Really great intermediate ski, nice glide and kick to it. Great going uphill and very smooth on the downhills. Easy to turn. Also very easy to skate with as well for anyone wanting to switch back and forth.” But that versatility seems to require some skill on the skier’s part, as Steph continues to note that the Mystique “takes a little more muscle control to maneuver.”

An experienced skier like Carol Van Dyke picked up on the ski’s strengths pretty quickly. “I wanted to try a ski that would be good to teach beginners on and this is it! Very easy to ski, effortless kick with the Efficient Forward system. Turned fine, easy to balance on one ski. Very relaxing. I didn’t hav to work hard to make them cruise. Carol was on the Medium length (about 181) and found that to be a good length for someone her size and skill.

For a huge number of skiers, from first-timers to recreational and fitness level skiers, the Fischer Mystique ski setup is a great all-around choice. Built and designed mainly for in-track use the Mystique is a good setup as a higher-end rental ski as well as a beginner-level ski that’s purpose is to help skiers learn and advance and enjoy their Nordic adventures.


Lauren Lepage

Age: 28Height: 5'5"Weight: 145 lbs.

Ski Style: Skate

Shelby Parenteau

Age: 27Height: 5'2"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring

Stephanie Locke

Age: 32Height: 5'"Weight: 100 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring and Classic

Carol Van Dyke

Age: 63Height: 5'5"Weight: 146 lbs.

Ski Style: Love it all! Can't choose one.

Peg Lackey

Age: 53Height: 5'5"Weight: 125 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Sam Purnell

Age: 26Height: 5'5"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic

Alli Ruschp

Age: 32Height: 5'5"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic and Skate

Ellen Curran

Age: 62Height: 5'4"Weight: 117 lbs.

Ski Style: Classic and Skate