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2022 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT Ski Review

Fischer has a strong race heritage. If you watch World Cup ski races, chances are you’ll see multiple people holding Fischer skis while they climb their way to their podium spot. Brands that have a strong racing background benefit from the idea that their race development and technology ultimately trickles down into their consumer skis and mere mortals like you and I can enjoy similar performance as those World Cup superstars. That’s a good way to think about this new Fischer RC4 The Curv GT. Fischer wanted to make a “race ski for the whole day.” We get that trickle down technology from the race world, but we also get some unique design elements that give this ski its own personality. Spoiler alert: We really like that personality.

Let’s start by looking at construction. Fischer uses a classic wood core to start, then enhances it through multiple different applications of different materials. We get their Carbon Bridge technology, which essentially features horizontal or 90 degree strips of carbon fiber running laterally across the ski underfoot in the binding area. The idea is to give the ski maximum grip and power underfoot. It’s pretty rare to see a lateral application of carbon like this. Typically, carbon is used in longitudinal strips, so it’s really cool to see the opposite of that. In addition, we also get Diagocarbon. This is something we do see from other brands, and is essentially a cross-hatching grid of carbon that runs throughout the entire ski. These strips of carbon are positions more on a 45 degree axis, which is designed to provide more torsional stiffness and as Fischer calls it, a “harmonic” flex pattern.

AT A GLANCE


2022 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

CORE

STRENGTHS

161, 168, 175, 182 cm

17 m at 182 cm

125 / 76 / 110 mm @ 182 cm

Wood Core, Shaped Ti, Carbon Bridge, Diagocarbon

Stability, Responsiveness, Forgiveness


Fischer then adds in what they call Shaped Ti. The sheet of titanal above the core is full width underfoot and in the extremities of the ski, but is brought in a little from the edge of the ski in the fore and aft sections. It’s similar to the Titanal I-Beam seen in K2 Disruption skis, although there’s more metal overall in the Fischer construction. In those fore and aft sections, the metal is still pretty wide, just pulled back about a cm or less from the edge of the ski. The idea here is the full width metal underfoot combines with that Carbon Bridge to really maximize grip and stability underfoot. The sections of the ski where the metal doesn’t extend all the way to the edge allows for a little more compliance and forgiveness, which is really nice, and something we’ll talk more about when we get to performance. The tip and tail sections ensure strong turn initiation. Not only does the metal and carbon work together, overall the construction also works hand in hand with the ski’s shape.

Fischer is using a Radical Triple Radius in the Curv GT. It’s a little different than what we’ve seen from other brands who use multiple turn radii in a single ski. It’s a tighter radius in the tips, longer underfoot, then tighter again in the tail. The tip is a shorter radius than the tail, but both are shorter than underfoot. Fischer hasn’t released detailed specs on the different radii, but the 175 cm length is listed with a 16 m turn radius, which we’d guess is somewhat of an average of the different radii. Now, if you think about it, this shape makes a lot of sense with how the ski is built. The shorter radii in the tips and tails means you can enter a turn really quickly without a ton of skier input. That also matches the construction, as when you tip it on edge, even at slower speeds, the ski isn’t fighting you as much as something with full sheets of metal would. Even though it’s close to a full width sheet of metal, just removing the little bits they have goes a long way in turn initiation and overall feel. Then, when you want to ski fast, you start to engage the underfoot section of the ski, allowing for bigger, faster turns.

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Interestingly, it’s basically the opposite of what Volkl does in some of their Deacon skis and most of their all-mountain and freeride models. Those skis have longer radii in the tips and tails and shorter underfoot. That makes sense as most of those skis are designed with more all-mountain versatility in mind. The longer radii tips and tails give the ski a less catchy feel when skidding turns through different snow conditions. The RC4 Curv GT, however, is focused more on carving, and the different radii are too.

That focus on carving is evident in their performance. These things are an absolute blast to ski and work so well for a wide range of skiers and a lot of different snow conditions. Take an aggressive skier on hardpack snow. The underfoot construction provides endless edge grip. Take the world’s most aggressive skier and they won’t find a limit to edge grip on The Curv GT. For skiers like that, you can achieve some big, sweeping GS turns as you’re flexing the ski to a point where you’re utilizing the underfoot section more than the tips and tails. It’s really cool. That same skier can then feather the tips and tails and give the ski a little less power and get it to make really snappy shorter turns. It’s amazing to see what a strong skier with a race background can do on these things.

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Then take a less aggressive skier, even someone who falls more into the intermediate ability level, and the shorter radii in the tips and tails turns into more of a supportive feature to help improve carving. This ski isn’t too demanding, which was one of the goals of Fischer in its development. It never feels like it’s going to just beat you up, which is rare among high-level carving skis like this. Achieving a powerful, responsive feel while also being relatively forgiving and approachable is darn impressive and we can’t really think of anyone who’s done it as well as Fischer has with The Curv GT.

We brought up Volkl’s 3D.Radius skis in comparison and mentioned most of those are more all-mountain oriented. While that’s true, another thing we like about The Curv GT is how well it can perform in different snow conditions. If you have perfect hardpack corduroy, it feels like a race ski. You can push it as hard as you want. In softer snow conditions, much like how it benefits a less aggressive skier, you really can feel the shorter radius tips and tails help pull you into a turn. Some carving skis just feel like they want to wander when you don’t have firm enough snow to push against, but The Curv GT has some finesse to it that’s lost on most skis in this category. Also, at 76 mm underfoot, you’re less prone to booting out and the ski will track a little better through choppy or soft snow conditions. That’s where their idea of it being a “Race Ski For The Whole Day” really makes sense. A lot of high-end carving skis just feel like crap in the afternoon, but the Curv GT adapts to changes in snow conditions really well, which is a nice feature.

It’s a carving ski through and through, but it’s a unique carving ski in how well it handles different ability levels, different snow conditions, etc. Something that came up in our video review is the idea that it could be a really good ski for a ski instructor. If your job is demonstrating a wide range of different turns through different terrain and snow conditions, you really can’t do much better than The Curv GT.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 06/03/21

4 thoughts on “2022 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT Ski Review

    1. Hi Tom!
      I'd take the Curv for all day skiing. It's lighter and a bit more flexible, especially in the shovel, so I do think it has a bit more approachability and versatility versus the HRC which I felt is more race-like. Have fun!
      SE

  1. I’m curious how this compares to the Fischer RC One GT 86? I know you loved that ski and so did I. Your review was spot on for it’s frontside carving prowess along with its surprising off-piste capabilities.

    1. Hi Doug!
      I found the 86 GT to be a heavier, more solid ski--mostly due to the thicker metal, while the Curv was quicker edge to edge, with a lighter feel and performance. I do like the plowing aspect of the 86 for all-mountain skiing, but the more flexible shovel and easier engagement of the Curv was a lot of fun as well. For me, owning an Enforcer 88, I'd opt to add the Curv to my quiver over the 86, but that's just me. Have fun!
      SE

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