Fischer Motive 86 Ti Ski Test Results 2016 ReviewSeptember 15, 2015
- Loves mid-range turns
- Great stability
- Good edge hold
- Handles a variety of terrain
- Not very versatile turn shape
- Very damp underfoot
- Not as responsive
- Prefers on-piste
The best summation of Fischer's Motive 86 Ti is that it's "an East Coast frontside powder ski," i.e., a ski that handles the groomed and moguls--especially if you like milking that mid-range turn--but gets even better when there's a little fresh snow to push through.
The Fischer Motive 86 Ti absolutely crushes mid-range turns, sinking into a GS radius that can take you through the bumps, the steeps, and seems to pick up performance when there’s a little bit of fresh snow to surf. Built like a lot of skis in this category, with lighter weight materials (in this case, Fischer’s Air Tec and Air Carbon), as well as All Mountain Rocker for an ease of turn initiation, as well as a wood core and Titanal shell for power and edge hold, it can easily handle just about any condition you can find on a typical frontside lift-served ski day.
Its sweet spot is that mid-range turn, and it can be hard to get it to do anything else. Short swing turns felt like a chore, and it was not as responsive as the Atomic Vantage or Dynastar Powertracker 84. Overall a strong performer in this category, with a preference for strong intermediate to advanced skiers who like to ride a ski more than they drive.