Dimensions (mm): 139-110-124
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 183.52cm
Sidecut Radius: 24 meters
BLISTER’s Measured Weight Per Ski: 2,174 grams & 2,140 grams
Boots/Bindings: Atomic Redster Pro 130 / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: Recommended Line
Test Locations: Las Leñas Ski Resort
Days skied: 3
[Editor's Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Big Stix 110, which is unchanged for 13/14, except for the graphics.]
First, if you haven’t yet read our preview of the Fischer Big Stix 110, you should take a look.
So far, I like this ski quite a bit, and I think it will be a very good choice for certain skiers out there.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Big Stix 110 is how well it carves. This makes sense, given the modest tip rocker, minimal tail rocker, and major camber underfoot. Couple that with the medium-to-medium/soft flex of these skis, which makes them very easy to bend, and you’ve got a fairly fat ski that is a serious pleasure to carve and to go very, very fast on groomers and hardpack.
Bigger, stiffer skis don’t bend as easily, and skis with more pronounced rocker rarely feel this locked down. Having skied so many rockered skis that are merely marginal when things get firm, it was fun in Las Leñas to finish a big line, then get on edge and rip the hell out of one of Las Leñas’ many long groomers, all the way back to the lift.
(Apologies to all the ski patrollers at the “DESPACIO” signs. We really were trying hard to remember to slow down.)
If I had to compare the Big Stix 110 on hardpack, I’d definitely put it up there among the best-in-class-on-hardpack, ~110mm underfoot, tip and tail rockered skis on the market, like the Nordica Patron & Helldorado. The Fischer Big Stix 110 is not as heavy as—nor does it have the monster rebound of—the Helldorado. But the Big Stix feels more precise and…smoother; it’s sort of like the difference between a Pontiac GTO and a Porsche 911.
Given how much camber the Big Stix 110 has, I was actually a little surprised that I wasn’t getting even more rebound out of them. But reviewer Will Brown and I both agree: this is a seriously fun carving ski that you can bend and drive, it tracks well and finishes a turn really well, and it is totally confidence inspiring—both Will and I were fully able to trust them once up on edge. Very cool.
Carving / Smearing
Off piste, the Big Stix 110 maintains its propensity to carve rather than smear, and it does its job quite well. These skis feel light and are easy to swing back and forth in tight chutes or bumped-up terrain. But, again, compared to a lot of other tip and tail rockered skis, they seem to shine when skied more on edge rather than with a bases-flat, pivot-fest style.
But given the Big Stix 110’s modest rocker and major camber underfoot, it should come as no surprise that they aren’t as eager to be thrown fully sideways as skis with less camber and more pronounced tip and tail rocker, like the Blizzard Cochise or Praxis MVP.
And yet: having said all that, you can still pivot the Big Stix 110 easily—you just need to detune the edges just beyond the rocker lines of the tips and tails (which I did before taking them out).
And another thing: I haven’t yet detuned these skis even further. But I’m confident that an even sweeter spot could be found where these skis would still hold an edge well, yet pivot and smear even better (you know, if you’re into that sort of thing). There is definitely room here to tweak and adjust to personal taste.
The Big Stix 110 handled the rest of Las Leñas well, too. Las Leñas has a lot of tight, pretty steep entrances that ultimately give way to enormous, wide open aprons. I’ve liked the Big Stix in some of these steep, icy entrances. They are easy to maneuver, but also provide enough running length and edge to bite better than more heavily rockered skis when you really need them to.
If you're surprised to see that we're taking Fischer to Las Leñas, then you need to read this. (And if you're not surprised, then you probably already know what we are just beginning to figure out.)
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