2020 Fischer Twin Skin Carbon

In the world of classic skis, this one’s a modern marvel. The lightness, stiffness, grip, and glide all combine to make this one of the fastest classic skis on the planet. Fischer really spares no expense or technology when they’re coming up with their Nordic race skis, and this one is no different. The twin skis are two separate skin strips arranged in offset positions and with variable base-depth integration that results in smooth and balanced gliding. Versus fish scales or a waxed base, the skins give you a tremendous amount of consistency and speed no matter what the conditions may be. With a straight shape of 41-44-44, these skis are built to live in the track. At 1080 grams, they’re extremely light and fast. Our testers loved the speed and stability, but for many of our non-racer or less-experienced testers, they were on the fast side for comfort.

Jeff Neagle, a former Nordic racer, found no issues with the speed on his 192 cm test length. His top scores for speed, glide, and weight are not surprising given the intended use of the skis. Versatility, stability, and maneuverability, on the other hand, were on the lower end of the scoring spectrum. Jeff notes that the Twin Skin Carbon “definitely felt like a race ski. You need to be a pretty good skier to ski these. Sloppy or poor weighting is going to result in poor grip. Precise, proper weighting goes a long way. If you have good technique, they’re a blast, but it definitely feels like a high-end race ski. Not the forgiveness of lower-end skis.” That sounds about right for a race ski, especially one that requires skill and balance.

Carol Van Dyke was also on the 192 and really didn’t have many bad things to say about them. She’s a pretty high-end skier, so it’s great to have her feedback. She notes that “because I am a ski snob, this is the ski I would buy for myself—top of the line skin race ski, so I really liked it. It was light, had good grip, good speed, and the skins did not grab on the downhill turns which can be a problem with other skin skis.” She did note that you have to be aware of the stiffness of the ski, as it’s available in different stiffnesses. This affects how the ski performs in different temperature snows.

Peg Lackey, on the 192, was pretty much all 5’s down the board for scoring, including overall impression. Versatility was her only 4, and this speaks to the overall high-performance nature of the ski. She notes that the Twin Skin Carbon was a “great ski—wow! Great skin grip, great downhill agility. Not for beginners or less-experienced skiers, really.” Fair evaluation, Peg, and one that’s worth noting for sure in this test.

Classic skiers looking for the ultimate in kick and glide will love the lightweight performance of the Fischer Twin Skin Carbon. Racers, high-end recreational skiers, and speed freaks will love the smooth gliding ability of these skis. If you’re out there and are looking to increase your distance as well as time, these skis are not to be missed.

Testers

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring and Skate

Carol Van Dyke

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

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

Pennie Rand

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Touring, Classic, and Skate

Karin Rand

Age: 20Height: 5'6"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Skate

Ellen Curran

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

Ski Style: Classic and Skate

Peg Lackey

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

Ski Style: Classic