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2020 Fischer RC ONE 86 GT Ski Review

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Back in February we released a video and article featuring Mike Hattrup presenting the 2020 Fischer alpine ski collection. Since then, we've taken a closer look at both the Ranger 94 FR and the Ranger 99 Ti, but now it's time to go narrower. The RC One collection of skis has replaced the Pro Mountain series from years past. We went over some of the changes to the skis with Mike Hattrup, but we wanted to spend some time giving this new collection, and specifically the RC One 86 GT, a little more attention. Simply put, they deserve it.

The RC One 86 GT is the widest ski in what Fischer refers to as their Piste category, commonly referred to as frontside. These skis are more focused on firm snow and carving performance than their wider Ranger brethren. The narrower models, those dropping below 80 mm underfoot, will prefer to stay on trail whenever possible, but the RC One 86 GT has some versatility in it. Fischer's All Mountain rocker profile works in some subtle rise into the tips and tails, and there's even some early taper as well. It's more pronounced in the tail, although it's not very long. In the tip, it's more of a straightened portion going into the tip rather than drastic taper, but it's enough that it helps make the ski feel catch-free in softer conditions. It also uses Fischer's Triple Radius design with shorter radii found in the tip and tail and longer radii underfoot. This is a similar concept as we've seen from other manufacturers, but actually has opposite positioning of short vs long radii than we've looked at in some recent reviews.

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The shape of the RC One 86 GT is undoubtedly responsible for its versatility. It's power, precision, and frontside prowess, however, comes more from its construction. This ski uses the same thickness metal as Fischer's world cup race skis, a full .8 mm thickness Titanal. That's really thick. It might not seem like it if you don't pay close attention to ski construction, but it's pretty rare to see anything go over .7 mm in a consumer ski, and even that is thick. It's the thickest metal in the line, and also more than we saw in any of the Pro Mountain skis. Metal is a proven material, and the RC One 86 GT has a lot of it. To shed some weight, however, Fischer integrates a material into the tip called Bafatex. Popular in high-end race sail construction, this ultra-light material helps reduce swing weight and overall oscillation of tip (chatter and tip flap) and tail, but retains good torsional stiffness for powerful turn entry. On paper, the RC One 86 GT is not exactly what you'd call a lightweight ski, but by removing some of the weight in the tips and tails and focusing it closer to your feet, it feels lighter when you're skiing it than it actually is.

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As it sits in Fischer's Piste collection, let's start by talking about how it performs on the groomers. Simply put, it performs very well. The overall turn radius of the 175 cm length is 17 m, but with that longer portion underfoot, if you're charging hard, you can make some pretty long carving turns on it. The torsional stiffness, powerful vibration damping, and overall feel provided by that .8 mm thick metal is hands-down impressive. You can give it everything you've got and the ski stays quiet and composed, yet also responsive. Some heavy skis with a lot of metal feel like they require a tremendous amount of skier input, but the RC One 86 GT somehow achieves an easier feel overall, yet has a very high performance ceiling (I certainly never found it). The first time I tested this ski I had been skiing on much narrower, more frontside-specific carving skis throughout the morning. Switching to the RC One 86 GT was impressive as it held up to, and even out-performed, some of those narrower models. I was a bit weary of the shorter effective edge provided by that All Mountain rocker profile and the early taper in the tail at first. Admittedly, I didn't expect this ski to hold an edge as well as it does and feel as powerful as it does. It's a pretty significantly step up from the Pro Mountain in my opinion. It's a stiff, powerful ski. The Pro Mountain had more flex to it, which took away some of the raw stability compared to the RC One 86 GT that replaces it.

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So, it's stiff, it's pretty heavy, and it's a powerful ski on the frontside. We've all been down that road before, right? It's going to be a handful in anything un-groomed and just generally not that much fun. Well, if that's what you're thinking, we're here to set the record straight. For how powerful it is, the RC One 86 GT is a whole heck of a lot of fun off-piste too. We're not really sure why it feels as quick as it does. Just based on its listed weight, it shouldn't. That Bafatex material integrated into the tip and the shaping concept of this ski give it a much smoother, easier feel in soft snow and tight terrain than you'd expect. Sure, if you line it up against a ski like the Ranger 94 FR, it's going to be harder to ski in those situations and require a more skilled skier, but it drastically outperforms a ski like that when you're back on the groomers. It doesn't feel particularly floaty, but it is pretty easy to make quick slashing or pivoting turns. It absolutely blasts through crud and chop too, almost just as well as some of the wider, more freeride-dedicated Ranger models.

Most skiers spend most of their time on groomed runs, that's just the truth. We all like to think about blasting pillow lines and skiing chest-deep powder, but realistically that doesn't happen very often. If you live in a place that receives over 600 annual inches of snowfall, please forgive our generalizations. The RC One 86 GT is an absolute blast to ski on firm, steep, groomed runs. It'll put a smile on an advanced/expert level skier every single day regardless of whether there's fresh snow or not. You'll be riding the lift next to someone on a super-rockered, over-100-mm-underfoot ski on a boilerplate groomer. He or she will be complaining about the lack of recent snowfall, and you'll just be sitting there smiling to yourself about how much fun you're having.

Is the RC One 86 GT a good replacement to the Pro Mountain series? Absolutely. Does it step up the performance? Yes. Does it rival existing, popular all-mountain skis in the mid-80 mm range? Well, yes it does. In fact, it's a significant new player in arguably the most popular category of skis right now. Anyone looking for versatile all-mountain performance with strong frontside carving ability should at least be considering a Fischer, that's for sure.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 08/29/19

38 thoughts on “2020 Fischer RC ONE 86 GT Ski Review

  1. How does this compare with the Volkl Deacon 84? I ski mostly on the East Coast, mostly on steep groomers with marginal "snow" (often artificial, often icy), but I like to go out to Utah once a year, and I would prefer to not have to rent another pair of skis there. Also, would you recommend any other skis in this category?

    1. Hi Matt!
      Great comparative ski. The Fischer is stiffer, plain and simple. The underfoot and through the tail of the Fischer is pretty extraordinary. I really like the Deacon 84 but found it to be a bit more bland than the energetic Fischer. That said, the Fischer is more demanding and requires full-time attention--not as easy to relax and smear as the Deacon 84. There's a few more good options, check out the K2 iKonic 84Ti, and the Liberty V82 as a sleeper ski.
      I'd also advise renting skis in Utah versus any of the skis on your current list. It's a lose-lose if you bring your skis. If you go to Utah and it doesn't snow, then you've missed out on the powder but if it does snow and you have your 84/86's, you'll wish you had wider skis. Also don't have to travel with skis, for what it's worth to you! Have a great winter!

  2. Hello
    I currently have the Salomon Enduro XT800. I like these skis very much but they have had their best time so I would like to buy new gear next winter. How does the Fischer RC One 86 GT compare with the Salomon Enduro XT800? Would the Fischer RC One 86 GT be an improvement?
    Or do you have other recommendations?
    And what length would you suggest (I 'm 178 cm tall, my good old Salomon skis are 175 cm).

    1. Hi Geert!
      Great comparison! It's always fun to see how a ski of yesteryear stacks up against our modern marvels. I'd definitely say the 86 GT is a step up, certainly in terms of pure carving performance. The bit of tip and tail rocker make the ski surprisingly agile, but that underfoot stiffness and torsional rigidity is off the charts. That said, it's not a punishing ski, as you can change up your turn shape however you wish. Also check out the Volkl Deacon 84 or the K2 iKonic 84 Ti for comparison. All great all-mountain carvers with a ton of upside. I'd say the low to mid-170s is appropriate for length.

  3. I am 59 years old. Advanced skier, spending 80% of time on groomers. Mostly ski Whistler and some local Seattle runs. Snow can get soggy and thick at times. Deciding between Vantage 90Ti or the Fischer RC one 86. Which would you suggest?

    1. Hi David!
      Both are great ski, but there's a pretty significant weight difference. The Fischer is heavier, burlier, and better suited to deep carves while the Atomic is lighter and more maneuverable, but not as stable as the Fischer. Have fun!

      1. thanks you so much for the detailed tip. I will definitely look you guys up next time on east coast. I am 6'2" but very lean (172) so may go with the Atomic for its lightness. But will envy those on the Fischer on crud filled slopes.

  4. Hi! I'm deciding between this one and Rossignol Experience 88. I have to confess I'm a bit Fischer aficionado, i have skied different Fischer GS\SL skis and i really enjoy carving with my WC SL. I'm looking a ski to replace my Watea 86 which I mainly use for poor weather conditions and relaxing easier days, mainly for frontside skiing with occasional offpiste. I really like the idea of an all mountain carving ski but i am a bit worried Fischer would be too demanding in the softer snow and crud. The amount of metal suggests that despite the triple radius and the rocker 86 GT should feel something like a wider kind of GS ski, quite heavy and demanding, not really a ski to enjoy if you are not charging all the time. I wonder how does it compare to Rossignol Experience 88? Rossi should be more relaxing, but how much does it loose in the carving department?

    1. Hi Ivar!
      You've pretty much nailed it. What you lose in carving power in the 88, you gain in versatility and usability. I loved the smoothness and dampness of the RC One, but I couldn't see myself skiing it every day. The 88 is much better suited for all-mountain skiing, and still has a very high-performance ceiling with great carving capabilities. Not sure I can quantify how much better the 86 is at carving than the 88, but I don't think that difference outweighs the versatility gap. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks a lot! Your review and comments really helped. RC One 86 GT looks a great ski for power day blast or for more agressive skiers.

  5. I am 5 ' 7" 195lb aggressive skier trying to decide what length 168 or 175 for the Fischer RC ONE 86 GT.

    I currently ski on a 168 Nordica Firearrow EDT (which ski I absolutely love).

    What do you suggest ?

    1. Hi Charles!
      The 168 is the way to go. You're used to the length, and it sounds like you like it. The 86 GT is very stable, so I see no reason to size up. Have fun!

  6. I am a 60ish western skier -colorado and new mexico- have been skiing on Atomic Blackeye Ti's which I love-74 cm-looking for comparable replacement in the Fischer 86 gt - how do they compare ?

    1. Hi Richard!
      Very similar, actually, in terms of weight and stiffness. I think the more modern GT 86 will impress you with its versatility as well as its stiffness and stability. Both are pretty heavy, but the Fischer has a bit more maneuverability in the tips and tails. A bit more width for the Fischer as well, adding more float and balance. Have fun!

  7. Hi,
    i'm looking for a good carving all mountain ski that is also quick edge to edge when it needs to be. I ski mostly in the east and my Blizzard 81 magnums no longer hold an edge very well, so it's time for a change. I am an expert skier and aggressive, though not as aggressive at 56 as i used to be. My concern is that I'm 5' 5" and only 132 lbs and the last really stiff ski i had was the Vokyl 6 star. They were great but at my weight i felt i had to be really on top of the ski all the time, i could never relax. I'm worried the RC 86 will be too stiff? Additionally, I've always skied on longer skis (195 cm pre shaped era) so was wondering if I should move even lower than the 165-168cm range I usually get now?
    Thanks for any advice.

    1. Hi Jim!
      They are quite stiff, but the performance is unbelievable. For a bit quicker of a ski, they also make the ski in an 82 mm waist, so that's worth a second look. In that same mid-80's underfoot carving ski, also check out the 2020 Volkl Deacon 84 (or 80 for a narrower, slightly more forgiving option). I think that mid-160's range is just fine. Have fun!

  8. I have been skiing on an old pair of Fischer AMC 79s at 176cm (74 waist). I’m 50, 6’2 and 225lbs. Ski level advanced. I’ve had a lot of fun on the shorter skis and can enjoy some powder but I have a pair of fatter skis for the deeper snow. Can I get away with 175cm and still have stability while at speed? What bindings do you suggest? My typical DIN setting is 8 to 8.5.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Charles!
      It's a system ski that comes with bindings, so you're all set there. In terms of length, I think you'd prefer the longer size, even though they're pretty burly. Unless you know that you like the 176 and are willing to sacrifice a bit of stability at speed, I'd take the 182. Have fun!

  9. Dear SkiEssentials,

    In October, after researching the Fischer RC One 86 GT and watching your review video, I bought a pair from SkiEssentials. You gave me a great price and the skis were at my door in 2 days.

    I ski at Sugarloaf, Maine and have a quiver of 5 different pairs of skis ranging from Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti to Blizzard Brahma 88's to Nordica Enforcer 100's. All I can say about this ski is, "Wow!". I have skied them 4 days so far on manmade hard pack, some natural snow and crud. What a wonderful ski.

    When I first took them out of the box and flexed them, I was a bit intimidated by the flex pattern because they are stiff and pretty heavy. But they don't ski that way. The way they relieve the titanal sheets and replace it with Bafatec in the tip and tail make turn initiation very predictable and precise, yet not overbearing. The edge grip is tenacious to say the least. But the ski is so much fun and so playful, especially in the crud, I almost can't believe it.

    This ski has become my number one for the season. Thanks to SkiEssentials for such a great video review that describes these skis perfectly as well as such a great price and service.

  10. I ski the east (VT) and last year I skied on the Pro Mtn 86 and Blizzard Rustler 9. The Rustlers were just too soft. But they were very forgiving. Very. I found them to be a good bump ski, but I spend only about 5-10% of my time in bumps. So when I was charging, they chattered way too much. It just became a hassle to keep changing skis. This year I'm on Stormrider 95's and Laser ARs. I was out on the Stormriders today. Took awhile to get used to them. But it was snowing all day and by 3pm we had almost 6 inches of new snow. I think it's the right ski. I'm a also sure that that the Laser will be a great carving option for me in hardpack days. I'm wondering how this Fischer is in the bumps. I'm also wondering what you'd recommend in the 85ish underfoot range. I seem to be missing that slot in the quiver and I think I'd be happy with something there.

  11. I love my Nordica Enforcer 100 all over the mountain, even carving on the hard pack. I am 83 and 155#, 5'9", ski fast in the north west.
    Is the Fisher 86 going to be that much more fun on the front side and what size would you recommend?

    1. Hi Pappy!
      It's a fantastic front-side ski--much more precise and responsive than the Enforcer (which I ski and love as well). I'd look to the 168 in terms of length. Have fun!

  12. Hello,

    Was looking into getting a pair of the RC One 86 GTs and was wondering what length you would recommend? Will be skied mostly in the French Alps, probably 70/30 groomers and hard pack / off-piste, moguls and crud. Wouldn't use these on a big powder day though would probably go and rent something in the 100 width range. Am 6'1 (184-185cm), 220lbs, advanced level, but historically have skied more on widths in the 175-180 range so was favouring the 175s (thought the 182 might be a bit long). Used to enjoy the Pro MTN range so that also made me think the 175 would be more suitable.2 Also was deciding between these and the RC One 82 but was coming out in favour of this given am a bit heavier? Any thoughts much appreciated. Thanks very much!

    1. Hi Alex!
      You're not going to see a huge weight difference between the 86 and 82, but in terms of building a two-ski quiver, the 82 will be more different in terms of width versus your 100 ski, if that does anything for you. I'd say your size puts you in the 182 range, as I think you'd appreciate the stability. Hope that helps!

  13. Hi SE-Team,
    first let me say that I really really enjoy your website and your youtube content. Couldn't find a website here in Austria or Europe in general that is so passionate about skiing, reviews and helping skiers to get on the next level. Thanks for that.
    My question in regard to the Fischer RC One 86 GT is about buying a Ranger 94 FR additional to this ski. This winter i went for renting the Völkl Deacon 84 and the Atomic X9 WB. Great Skis but since the Deacon is basically sold out in my length and the Atomic being to expensive for just his field of application, I'm thinking of buying these 2 Fischers for a similiar price.
    I ski mostly groomers/crud (advanced) and powder till now only next to the slope (beginner) (80%/20%). I want to improve my powder and switch skills, but still have skis that can handle most snow conditions.

    So is that combination of the One 86 GT for mostly groomers and crud and the Ranger FR 94 for some powder sessions and learning how to ski switch but still ski sometimes on groomed runs something you guys would recommend?

    Thanks Aleks

    1. Thanks, Aleks!
      Skiing is fun! Both are fantastic skis, especially the 86 for groomers--unbelievably stable and with edge grip for days. In terms of the secondary ski, I'd recommend increasing your gap to the Ranger 102 FR. This way your bases are more than covered--there might be a bit too much overlap between the 86 and 94. That 102 is still a pretty competent ski for all-conditions, so I wouldn't let the extra width throw you off. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks for the advice. After reviewing all your youtube content and online reviews again, i consider to go for the Atomic Bent Chetler 100 in 188 cm instead in addition to the Fischer RC One 86 GT. I just loved your video and I think it will meet my expectations. It works on groomers, i can level up my powder skills and start learning switch, so this might work.

        Thank you guys.

  14. Hello,
    I am considering getting new skies and the two I looking at are the Fischer RC One 86 GT (168) or the Vockle Deacon 79 (163). I consider myself an intermediate skier -can do blue runs in Deer Valley and Jackson Hole. I am 5.7, 163 and 61 years old. My parallel turns are almost there (right much better than left). I'd like to get a ski that may help me to be a better skier. Do not ski fast and I am cautious. I currently Dynastar Cham 2.0 97 which I think they may be too wide as I mostly ski groomed runs. My first pair of skies were Vockle. Do you have an opinion as to which ski be better for me? Neither?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Antonio!
      I think you're a Deacon 79 skier. The Fischer will be too stiff and heavy for your application, and the Deacon sits right in the sweet spot in terms of ease of use, but also a fun high-performance ceiling. Certainly better edge grip than your Cham and are a great, energetic, and fun choice for groomed terrain. For comparison, check out the Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ca--same type of build and performance, just another option! Have fun!

  15. Hello Ski Essentials:
    First just wanted to thank you folks for the great reviews and chat section!!!
    So, I missed out on a demo day in Mid December at Loon mountain when the Fischer skis were there to try-- with the trend to narrower waist skis, I was thinking of adding a ski with more carve. I saw your video reviews and the RC1 86 and it made the cover of ski magazine, that got me interested.

    The local ski shops here in Northern New Hampshire did have some demos, but they went fast and the demo skis were sold as well. So- I am on the verge of ordering the RC1 online.
    Everything I have read makes me think I will love it---
    I was thinking 168cm although my girlfriend was thinking if I got the 161- she could ski as well since the binding is easy to adjust. But I think the 161 might seem to short for me. We are looking for the ski handle our normal hardpack.
    Me- ski instructor at Loon, 190lbs - 5ft 8 she is 5-4 180lbs.

    All my other skis are somewhat wider so having the 86 could be great. My all mountain collection includes:
    a 6 year old Bonafide 98 174cm, the new Volkl mantra M5 96 170cm, and the Renoun endurance (98 underfoot / 170cm lg)

    After reading the reviews and your chat section- I just wanted to jump in--- My only concern might be that the 86gt might not feel much different than the Volkl Manta 96 underfoot with only 10mm difference....
    or--- the Fischer design will just carve much better on the ice. (get the 168cm and love it)

    Thanks Larry

    1. Hi Larry!
      I think the 161 would be short for you and a bit long for her. Great idea though! Versus the M5, the GT 86 pretty much blows it out of the water on the ice. It's incredibly responsive and stable, and the roundness of the turn through the tail is impressive at worst. It's just a superior carver in terms of shape and build, so I wouldn't say it doubles up with the Mantra. Get the 168 and love it.

  16. Hello,
    First of all, congratulations on your reviews, they are so helpful.
    I would like your advise as I would like to buy a pair of all-mountain skis.
    I am an advanced skier, not an expert, skiing about 20 days / season (186cm / 48 years / 100 kgs) in good physical condition.
    I come from a pair of volkl ac4 unlimited.
    Last weekend, I rented the Fischer rc one 86 gt which I thought was great, but I only tried them on piste. most of the time I ski on the piste, but whenever the conditions are good, I also like to go off piste, so I'm looking for something polivalent.
    I ski in the Pyrenees.
    I was doubting in between the following options;
    Fischer Rc one 86 GT (182cms)
    Rossignol Experience 88ti (180cms)
    Salomon XDR88ti (179cms)
    Blizzar Brahma 88 (180cms).

    Thank you in advance and kind regards from the Basque Country and keep up the great work!!!

    1. Hi Borja!
      The 86 GT is going to be your one-trick pony on that list. Certainly the strongest on-trail performer. On the other end, The Experience will give you the most versatility, followed closely by the XDR. The Brahma is a mix of the on-trail performance of the 86 GT and a stiff GS ski. There's not a lot of give to it, but it is the highest overall performer of the group. Endless stability in the Brahma, and certainly more demanding than the other 88's. Hope that helps!

      1. Hi,

        Thank you so much for your great advise. I think I will go for the Fischer 86Gt, then.
        Kind regards and have a good day,


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