Review: Fischer BIGSTIX 7.6
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tromano
March 10, 2005
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
Hi guys: I Demoed this ski at Liberty's Demo Day in the January rain storm. After finding a killer deal ($300 Mounted) I have had a chance to try the ski a few days and am writing this review.

Ski Make: Fischer
Ski Model: Big Stix 7.6 FTI
Binding: Rossignol Axium 110
Year Made: 2003 - 2004
Ski Length: 175
Snow Conditions Used In: Powder, Crud, Trees, Groomed, Hard Pack, Ice, Moguls, Whales, variable conditions, spring conditions
Number of Days Used: 4
Your Ability Level: 8: proficient in most eastern type terrain.
Other Skis You like: Volkl 5* T50s, BigStix 8.0
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 13
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 20
Your Height/Weight: 5' 10" / 200 lbs.
Comments:

The is a cap ski with a carbon fiber core. This makes it both very light and quite stiff. The stiffness is slightly less than my T50 5* however the weight is probably only about 2/3 and that is a 175 compared to a heavier 168cm ski. The ski has a ton of energy and really needs to be worked. However because of the lighter weight it has a very interesting feel. So far I ahve skier one powder day at White Tail a coupel of Thursdays ago and also last weekend at T-Line.

Carve / Long Turns:
At 175 CM the Radius 21M is printed right on the top sheet. You know what it wants to do. With very little shape compared to the other skis in my quiver I found the change difficult at first. After my first 4 run at White tail on crud covered blue runs my quads were in agony. On my 5th run I finaly dailed into the sweet spot and got to work.

The ski The ski is very stable and powerful. There are a few different skiing styles that work with the Big Stix... the can be driven hard at mach 1 in railed long carves or skidded more conservativly in medum radius turns. My favorite way is to treat them like a hyper carver and cance down the fall line in a serries of quick long radius turns always keeping the skis close to the fall line. This works superbly on more shallow slopes or in powder where speed control is not an issue. Diverging the skis does wonders to vary turn shape and bring these longer board arround quickly. As for finding a speed limit I am not sure at this ponit... all the groomers have been soft and covered with Hero Snow... I am sure in harder conditions we will see what they are made of.

Rebound / Energy / Short Turns:
As I said earlier this ski ahs a ton of energy. However they do not carve as short turns as a cross ski or a hyper carver. You cna make nice carved shorter turns though if you work them properly. The stiff tials provide a lot of rebound to bring the skis arround quickly. In generally though short turns will be skidded, not carved.


Steeps:
This ski is great in the steeps. It has a ton of torsional stiffness for quick speed cheks. Due to the straight profile the ski skidds pretty well too. It is light enough to throw arround in hop turns and when you do pick up some speed it will keep right up with you. On off the wall for example I was able to ski 3-4 whales at a time with out stopping.


Bumps:
The ski is sweet in bumps. The nice rounded softy bumps at T-Line were a blast. And the larger more challenging bumps on WhiteTail's exhibition, Powder covered as they were, skied great too. They aren's as great a bump ski as my K2 Mod 7/8s. However the ski is soft enough up front to make the ride comfortable comfortable and the graphite core is not going to break on you. The even flex and striaght profile make is a sweet bump ski.

Trees:
In the trees the ski is awesome. The light weight makes for a very manuverable ski that can be thrown arround at will for quick hockey stops and other unorthodox manuvers that are sometimes necessary in the trees. The ski is wide enough to provide a stable platforms but light and quick enough to turn prety well. this si what I bought the ski for and I am very impressed.


Ice / Hard Pack:
Well surprise surprise. I have skied 3 spring days and still haven't seen much ice. I am sure they won't compare to my 5*s, but I was able to stop and get an edge on some pretty gnarly terrain, like the whales on OWT. I am going to give them a qualified nod in the Ice department. The ski is stiff enough to deliver on hard pack as well. the only issue may be if my edges are torm from skiing the glades in these alot.

Crud:
Given the stiff flex, nice width, and long turn radius I think the real purpose of this ski is clear. Its a crudder pure and simple. These babies are so stable at high speeds in rough snow its riddiculous. This is a very good crud ski. I talked about how good the 5*s were in crud.. well guess what... these are better. I don't know if I will have to go much wider to tackle the spring slop we get arround here. We will see... So far the handled chow, crud, and light sping conditiosn afternoon with grace.

Powder:
These skis are wide enough to give stable platform and light enough for good float and high manuverability. Still I would have to say that there are better powder skis out there at just slightly wider widths (Dynastar 8000, Salomon Scream Limited...). This is primaily due to the stiffness and the resulting difficulties in decambering the ski in powder. However the light weight makes up for it a bit and the ski does better in powder than many others because of this. It is a middle - top of class ski in powder... but how often do we see that condition? Err... Well 2/3 so far.

Pros: Amazingly light and stiff. Very energetic for a mid fat and stable at high speeds. Its a fun ski on the groomed and versatile enough to be a one ski solution arround here for someone who isn't a short turn fanatic. It skids well and is great on the steeps for speed control. It is also a great crud ski. Moguls perfomance is also excellent. Becuase of the weight it will also make a great jibber / park ski... or a climbing ski. It shines off piste and in difficult conditions.

Cons:
Not great in real powder, Not the best in short turns. It is a better 2nd Ski than a first ski...the conditiosn where it really shines are exactly those most people don't like / dont ski that often (Crud, Chop, Bumps, steeps, trees)...
JohnL
March 11, 2005
Member since 01/6/2000 🔗
3,518 posts
How would you compare the performance of the BigStix 7.6 to that of your Vokl 5 Stars in the bumps, crud, woods, powder, etc. that you skied at Whitetail and T-Line? Which of the two skis do you prefer in those conditions, and was there a significant difference?

You got the BigStix for a steal.

I agree with you that the BigStix are probably best as a second pair of skis for the typical Mid-Atlantic skier. The BigStix are in the mid-fat category of skis, which for my own skiing is a category of skis that I'm abandoning. (I've skied mid-fats out west for about a decade now - I weigh ~185 pounds.) Based on some posts by PhysicsMan and Denis, I've decided to go short and fat for trips out west (Salomon Pocket rockets - 175cm, 93mm) and I ski cross-type skis (Atomic SX-9 - 170cm, 68mm) in the east. I really like the quick-turning and hard-snow performance of a cross-type ski. The Atomics were great for me in the soft snow conditions that we got at Timberline; but I'm ~15 lbs lighter than you and I've had a lot of experience with those types of conditions. I'm curious what you prefer for your own skiing.

The BigStix will definitely do well out west. You'll have to use the BigStix in Utah next winter and let us know how you like them.
tromano
March 11, 2005
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
John,

Here is the break down.

---------5*------Stix
Groomed-Great----Good
Ice-----Great----Ok / Good (not sure)
Park----Good-----Great
Bumps---OK-------Good
Crud----Good-----Great
Woods---Good-----Good + 1
Powder--Ok-------Good

I have had a few great bump runs on the 5* at MSA and easlier this season, but this season arround here bumps have been in short supply. In Bumps I think the Stix is a better ski than the 5*. They are lighter, a touch softer flexing, and more straight.

The 5* is a good ski in crud. However the Stix is a real cut above. It is much more stable and can plow right through anything. Sometimes in cases where the 5* can get hung up a bit, these cut through. These are the best crud skis I have ever been on. My guess is that the Stix might even be better than the PRs in crud too because they are stiffer. But I have never been on the PRs so I am extrapolating.

In the trees. I have alot more time in the trees on my 5*s and I think they have done amazingly well. In retorspect I am not sure that I needed a seperate ski for the glades. However the stix are lighter, float better, are better in tracked out cruddy snow, and have a nice stable platform. I also seemed be getting pretty well dialed in on them by sunday morning. My mind gives a nod to the Stix. But my heart loves the Volkls...

Powder is no contest. The stix are better. Softer flex, wider tip, wider middle...
JohnL
March 11, 2005
Member since 01/6/2000 🔗
3,518 posts
Quote:

My guess is that the Stix might even be better than the PRs in crud too because they are stiffer. But I have never been on the PRs so I am extrapolating.




My guess is that your guess is quite wrong on that one. (I've skied comparable skis to the BigStix.)

It's very interesting how you prefer the BigStix in bumps over the 5 Stars, yet you prefer the 5 Stars in short quick turns (if I read your posts correctly.) Are your groomed slalom turns much different from your bump turns?

Again, there are no right or wrongs on personal preferences. Different people often prefer different skis; but it's interesting to compare our likes and dislikes. It's always tough for me to recommend skis to people for this reason.
tromano
March 11, 2005
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
Hehe.

I have no idea about thsoe wider skis. The biggest things I ahve skied were 80mm wide.

You read it correctly. The 5*s are great carving in ice and groomed in short turns. But they are also really demanding and stiff. I find they throw me arround a lot more than the stix do in bumps. This is particualrly true if the bumps are big or if I am tired or not on my game.

The big Stix have such a long radius that they have to be skidded more in shorter turns. I find my turns in bumps are more skidded than carved. I have never been able to do a zipper line on the 5*s but on the stix I was able to take a very agresiveline on saturday and sunday. This maybe becuase the bumps themselves were in better condition. I will give thema try in some nasty frozen over bumps and see how it goes.
tromano
March 13, 2005
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
I skied my 5*s on saturday at T-line to test them out in the moguls and in the glades and to refresh my memory about their real performance. They did very well in the glades and I am able to float them nicely in the soft snow. They are much more manuverable in the trees than the Big Stix. In the Bumps they are nicely manuverable but the stiff flex makes even the soft covered moguls more of a challenge. I got knocked off balance a few times. They require a very disciplined stance to not get tossed about.

I skied my Stix on Sunday at CV and they were even better in the soft snow than I remebered from last weekend. I think I am getting used to the powder / soft snow. because both skis did really well in the trees or open areas where I found untracked. The Stix aren't as manuverble as the 5*s in the tight trees, but the better float opend up some more terrain and kept my up over the hidden obstacles like laydown trees etc... There is deffinately a "Safety factor" asocitate with that extra float. Its a wash in the trees IMO... It just depends on what I need.

The bumps on gravity are about the same difficulty as the drop at T-Line... The Stix are much more forgiving than the 5*s. I was never really tossed except once wher eI didn't extend into a hidden trough filled with crud. However the skia re slower edge to edge than the 5*s and carved turns tend bo furhter down the flow line leading to more skidded turns for speed control... The trade off is the 5*s better short turns and manuverablity vs.. the better forgiveness of the stix... I think its a tie and there is no clear winner. Neither are particularly amazing in the bumps but both work well enough.
JohnL
March 18, 2005
Member since 01/6/2000 🔗
3,518 posts
If your 5 Stars are similar to my SX-9's, they're a pretty versatile ski in the bumps, pow, crud, trees, etc. that you find at T-Line.

Very good point about the extra float provided by the BigStix giving you some extra safety margin when skiing over fallen logs and branches. That can be important at T-Line.
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