Fischer transcends the numerous niches in skiing. Having been in the game since 1924, the brand caters to recreational skiers, racers, Nordic enthusiasts and freeskiers alike. This past winter, ninety years after Josef Fischer built his first pair of skis in his barn, Fischer athlete and slopestyle aficionado, Joss Christensen, took home a gold medal in the inaugural men’s Olympic slopestyle competition. When he climbed onto the podium in his Fischer Ranger Pro 13 Vacuum boots, Nighstick skis in hand, the image spoke volumes about Fischer’s unwavering support of our sport and its commitment to delivering quality gear for freeskiers.
The Nightstick is Fischer’s premier park and pipe ski and is constructed with a beech and poplar wood core for exceptional pop and playfulness in addition to durability, stability and carving power. It has been Christensen’s tool of choice for the last two years. Matt Berkowitz, Alpine product and marketing manager, speaks to how the relationship between Fischer and the gold medal athlete has been mutually beneficial. “Way before [Christensen] won the gold in Sochi, he helped add credibility to the brand in the freeski community and proved we have the right products.”
“The Fischer brand has been built on race. This is no secret,” adds Berkowitz. “Sometimes we get overlooked in the freeski community because of our success in those segments, but honestly it just shows our core competency in building high- quality performance products, no matter the category.”
Joss Christensen sendin’ one amidst the sunset. Photo by Matt Berkowitz
Outside the park and pipe, the Big Stix series of big-mountain skis features 100-mm, 110-mm and 122-mm waist widths. The sandwich construction with beech and poplar wood cores provide stability, durability and great energy transmission. Pronounced tip rocker and a touch of rocker in the tapered tail provide float while eliminating the need to worry about catching an edge on a gnarly descent. While big-mountain skiing isn’t an Olympic event (yet), elite athletes such as Lynsey Dyer and Sven Kueenle rely on the Big Stix for the performance they need in high-consequence terrain.
In the boot world, Fischer’s Vacuum Fit molding system has been proven over a number of seasons and is among the best technology on the market when it comes to boot customization. Available in over a dozen different models, the quick and painless system yields not only a custom fit liner but also a shell that is completely customized to the skier’s foot.
The Ranger series of freeride boots comprises part of the Vacuum Fit collection, including the Vacuum Ranger Pro 13, which garnered two gold medals in Sochi, one from Christensen and one in men’s halfpipe from David Wise. The boot comes with an impact-reducing footboard, a last that can be customized from 93 to 103 mm and a 130 flex rating for ultimate performance.
Having been around for almost a century, Fischer undoubtedly has the experience and know-how to produce top shelf products for today’s skiers. The key to their continued success and future innovations, according to Berkowitz, will be to “remain true to ourselves, while being committed to building the best products possible.” Products that speak to every skier.
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