So, this year we added a major brand to our repertoire, Fischer Skis. Honestly, it’s been a bit of an anomaly that for so many years, we haven’t been stocking them regularly so we’re pretty excited to see them on our shelves. Fischer was founded in 1924 and owe it all of Josef Fischer, a journeyman wagon maker (yes, that’s a real thing) who took a major leap to quit his job, borrow money from family and dive into the industry we all know and love.
Fast forward about 85 years into the early 2000’s. Josef Fischer’s son has taken over the company and pushed it from a small family business to a booming leader in the ski and snow industries. In the past 90+ years, they’ve produced over 500,000 pairs of skis and are now considered to be one of the leaders in both cross country and high-end race equipment. They’ve accrued a hefty resume with a massive team of international athletes, 100+ Olympic medals, and countless other championships. Let’s dive a little into their tech to help understand what’s made them so successful.
Multi Tip System
This one’s for the Nordic skiers out there. If you’ve ever tried to do long mileage in varying snow conditions you know how important it is to have a versatile ski basket. When climbing or pushing through poor scenarios, the strength and support of the upper body can make all the difference. Fischer’s Multi Tip system is the perfect solution with an easy-to-change tip collection for heavy wet snow, light powder snow, and even specific for climbing.
The Curv technology that Fischer uses brings one of the key elements of their race line into their alpine and front side skis. It’s designed for effortless movement and high adrenaline turning to create an exciting, high-speed motion as you’re carving down the hill. When you take The Curv technology and combine it with Fischer’s carbon laminate, Diagotex, you get a mix of shape and rigidity that aligns for optimal performance. Diagotex is essentially a carbon weave that exists in the tip and tail to ensure that when the user is turning at speed the force and torque don’t cause the ski to shift and fall off edge. When you combine the Diagotex carbon weave with The Curv’s shape it creates the optimal design for turning at speed.
Kickdown and AMF Materials
So, this is one of those nerdy engineering things that is always just impressive. Fischer uses a material in their alpine skis called AMF Material. It’s placed in the flex points of the skis to control how much a ski is able to flex when under weight. What’s neat about this, is that AMF material is more rigid at high speeds, and softer at slow speeds, so, when turning at slow speeds you get a very soft, flexible ski but when turning at high speeds you get extra rigidity and support. Boom. Science.
Speedmax Ski System
Another one for the Nordic fans. The Speedmax system is all of the fancy Fischer Nordic technology wrapped up into one. It’s what’s made them the leading producer in Nordic skis and the reason why every major Nordic ski athlete has the Fischer name plastered all over their suits. In the skis themselves, they’ve combined a Cold Base Bonding process with their Finish First waxing finish. The important part here is the Cold Base Bonding. It’s a process that fixes the base of the skis together without any heat or pressure. It maintains the integrity of the materials and their ability to absorb polish and wax. The Finish First treatment is designed to work with this unique bonding process and encompasses a full array of treatments spanning from the basic grinding and working all the way through the prewax.
If there’s one thing that Fischer has done well, it’s developing technology surrounding their skis. They’re constantly on the cutting edge of development in all aspects of their sport. A drive to push the industry for better and bolder is written directly into their mission statement and for the past 90 years that mentality has maintained. Please note: the technologies listed here are just a small sample of what Fischer Skis have to offer. For the full list (and some really cool videos) checkout their Technology Page.