Fischer My Pro MT 86 ReviewAugust 31, 2018
- Zippy & quick
- Slalom oriented, short turn radius
- Easy turn initiation & release
- Tails stay hooked in bumps
- Gets bumped around in variable snow
- Not a confidence booster in GS turns at speed
A zippy, slalom-oriented ski, the Fischer My Pro MT 86 received its highest scores for Carving Pleasure and lower scores for Turn Shape Variability and Flotation. “This ski is for the fair weather, all-mountain frontside skier, particularly the short turn lover and quick cruiser,” says one tester. Testers lauded the easy turn initiation and responsiveness of the 86-mm-waisted ski. “It’s a ripper on the groomers, zippy and quick underfoot,” says another tester. However, testers felt that this ski leaned more toward frontside than all-mountain performance. “Don’t rely on it for GS turns or cut up, variable snow,” says one tester. “It has a short turn demeanor.” Other testers mentioned feeling the tails too much at the end of the turn. “The tails stayed hooked up, more often in bumps,” noted one tester.
The My Pro MT 86 is a new waist width for 2018-19, slightly wider than last season’s 84 mm model. This slight expansion of the ski’s platform adds versatility, but the performance still leans toward frontside terrain and short radius turns. The skill level is targeted for advanced through expert skiers, though testers felt that intermediates could benefit from the ski’s penchant for slalom-type turns if bought in the appropriate length.
The ski’s construction has three weight-saving elements: 1) Air Tec technology, which Fischer has employed for a while, involves milling out the poplar wood core in strategic places in order to retain torsional rigidity while also reducing weight. 2) The Razorshape, named after the beveled sidewalls—the ski has a sandwich sidewall construction, but the bevel reduces weight as well as lateral resistance in the turn. 3) Lastly, carbon fiber is used in the layup as another method to reduce weight while retaining integrity and power. Other technical details include tip rocker, a flat tail and a forward mountain position.
Generally, the Fischer My Pro MT 86 received passing grades for Stability, however testers varied on their scores because the Stability was excellent in short to medium radius turns, however, Stability decreased as turn radius and speed increased. Also, since the ski was tested head-to-head with other skis that hover around the 86 to 88 mm waist width, testers felt this Fischer lacked in stability once they took the ski off the groomers. One tester said that the ski “has trouble in cut up or variable snow.” Another tester felt that stability decreased in bumps, saying “the flat tails stayed a little hooked up in bumps.” All in the all, the Fischer My Pro MT 86 behaves like a frontside carver, embodying a slalom-oriented personality.
Testers say the Fischer My Pro MT 86 shines best when making quick, short-radius turns. “This ski can do anything from quick hop turns to medium carved turns thanks to easy turn initiation and edge release,” says one tester. The traditional sandwich sidewall construction includes Fischer’s Razorshape, which means the sidewalls are beveled to reduce lateral resistance as well as reducing some amount of weight. Several testers labeled this ski “a ripper,” or a ski that reacts quickly when the skier pressures and drives the turn. Indeed, it seems the beveled edge allows the ski to engage and release easily—in short turns. When the turn radius is increased to a GS-sized turn, Stability and Edge-hold decrease. “Don’t rely on this ski for GS turns,” says one tester. “It has a short-turn demeanor.”
Testers gave fairly low scores for resort float. Though the 127-mm tip and 86-mm waist are mid width, testers weren’t wowed by float performance as they felt the short-turn performance outweighed any flotation performance.
Testers gave the Fischer My Pro MT 86 its highest scores for Carving Pleasure. “A frontside ripper,” says one tester of the 86-mm-waisted ski. “Zippy, quick and slalom-oriented,” says another. Testers say this ski shines on-piste, thanks to quick and easy turn initiation, followed by quick release. The sandwich sidewall construction has a beveled edge, designed to reduce lateral resistance in the turn and testers lauded the quickness edge-to-edge. The flat tail behaves like a slalom ski and exits and releases quickly.
Turn Shape Variability
Testers scored the Fischer My Pro MT 86 relatively low for Turn Shape Variability because the ski outperformed in slalom turns versus GS turns. “This ski is for short turn lovers and quick cruisers,” says one tester. The ski felt less reliable in long turns in terms of Stability and Edge-hold. The ski shape and profile combine carving and all-mountain elements, but the flat tail, weight reducing elements and mid-80s mm waist push the ski toward carving rather than all-mountain qualities.
There are several design elements that shave weight such as Air Tec (strategically milled out sections in the wood core) Razorshape (beveled edge that reduces the amount of sidewall) and carbon fiber. The combo—with some amount of tip rocker—works well for short turns, but doesn’t instill confidence to testers in long turns. It’s best quickly moving edge-to-edge on groomed terrain.Continue Reading
Krista Crabtree- Skiing
Passionate about women’s ski camps and women-specific gear, Krista organizes women’s ski programs at Eldora and Vail, including her own camp called She Skis. A former editor at SKI Magazine, she currently runs the ski test for OnTheSnow.com.