The all-mountain carving ski has come a long way in the past five years, and now they’re getting so versatile that it’s hard to tell where their front-side capabilities end and their all-mountain skills begin. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to. You can simply ski the Fischer RC One 86 GT and enjoy every single second of it. As a new offering from Fischer for 2020, the RC One 86 is about as wide as a front-side ski gets. It’s stable, smooth, strong, and powerful. That said, the technology that makes it transcend its narrow width, Turn Zone Technology, also makes it forgiving and easy to use. This way, you get the high-performance characteristics of an all-out front side carver as well as the friendlier nature of an all-mountain ski. By reducing the weight in the tips and tails but keeping it stiff from front to back, the Turn Zones allow the skier to make a variety of turn shapes and styles, as opposed to remaining locked in to the 17-meter turn radius at the 175 cm length. Our testers were all very impressed with the new ski’s ability to switch up turns and generate a bunch of energy.
Ali Berlin found her 168 cm test length to be a bit long, so the 161 would be better for her. Regardless of this, she still scored the ski 5’s out of 5 for stability and torsional stiffness. Her overall impression and versatility scores were both 4’s indicating that these skis are high-performers with limitless possibilities. “These skis have GRIP! Although a bit long for me, I felt these skis hold an edge from tip to tail in medium and short-radius turns.” Due to the Turn Zones, it’s “an easy transition out of the turn.” Maybe in response to the length, Ali found them to be “not very forgiving if you’re not right on top of them in a balanced stance.”
Bob St.Pierre skied the appropriately sized 182 and loved the stability, with that category earning a 5 out of 5. His low score for forgiveness is indicative of a pretty stiff ski, and his score of 3 out of 5 for flotation is unsurprising, given the width and profile of the ski, both of which are better suited for the corduroy. “Awesome new offering from Fischer. Loves being pushed and is very stable, especially at speed.” In terms of the versatility of the ski, Bob notes that the RC One 86 “can be used in an all-mountain application for sure, but it does seem to appreciate a good groomer.”
Another taller skier, Marcus Shakun, also on the 182, loved pretty much everything about this ski, with all of his scores (except flotation) hovering in the 4 range. He calls it an “all-mountain ski for a skier that finds themselves ripping groomers just as often as going off-trail. Their damp tip and tail help them perform off-piste and in the woods. I call it very versatile all over the mountain.” Sounds like Marcus views this as more of a 50/50 ski, and controversy in this regard is a good sign of a discussion about the merits of this ski and where its priorities lie. Marcus pegs it as an advanced to expert-level ski, and we do not disagree with that.
The overall composed nature of these new skis is very impressive. From the wood core and two metal sheets right down to the wider waist and stable nature makes the 2020 Fischer RC One 86 GT a formidable ski in the wider front-side category. While neither a dedicated hard-snow ski nor a true all-mountain ski, the RC One 86 pulls a bit of benefit from both sides. This way, the ski’s well-rounded nature has a broader appeal for more skiers to have fun with.