In 2007, the Fisher #1 stormed the Independent Ski Tests. The test team was enthusiastic and excited about the new ski from Austria. Unfortunately, economic pressures and changes within Fischer took the ski off the market before many were seen in the US. In 2009, an updated version of the ski again became available under the name Razor.
In terms of technology, materials and construction, the Fischer and the Razor are identical. The Razor has a slightly modified flex but is dimensionally the same as the Fischer.
Some additional information about the history of the ski can be found at http://www.ballofspray.com/forum#/discussion/2375
The Razor is not what my father would call a “babysitter ski”. It is not a calm, relaxed, over-stable ski for the masses. It is a fire - breathing, radical angle generating monster slalom ski. It is different. It is aggressive. It is a fantastic short line slalom ski.
The current stock numbers accentuate these aggressive attributes but for this review, I used the old Fischer numbers. With the stock settings, I would describe the ski as overly aggressive. Angles off the ball are too radical which leads to exaggerated edge changes and loss of outbound direction. With settings closer to the original Fisher settings, the ski is more manageable, and its potential is more apparent. Correction: It appears that the notes I had for the stock settings were out of date or simply wrong. Either way my final settings are at the bottom of the review.
Toe Side (Off Side) Turn
If there's one attribute of the Razor that is most impressive, it is the off side turn. The ski rides with a noticeable tip down attitude from the edge change the buoy. At the apex, the skier simply needs to initiate the turn for the Razor change direction back to the wakes. The resulting turn is surprising fast. If the skier gets over aggressive and tries to push too much, the tip of the Razor is surprisingly supportive. To some extent off side turns, on the Razor, are foolproof.
Heel Side (On Side) Turn
On side turns are similar to off side but perhaps slightly more tame and manual. At 34 mph I generally prefer to ski without a wing. Without the wing, on side turns required additional front foot pressure and were somewhat round compared with the off site turn. The addition of a wing at 8° brought the tip attitude of the ski down and made on side turns more consistent with off side. On balance, I preferred the way the Razor rides without a wing.
From Second Wake to Ball
Because the Razor is loose (definition http://ow.ly/51nAW) in roll stability, it changes edges very quickly. With the original stock settings the edge change was so aggressive that I was losing outbound direction. With the Fischer numbers, outbound direction is much better.
Because the ski rides with such a tip down attitude, it is fast to decelerate after the edge change. If the skier maintains line tension (Handle Control http://ow.ly/4UX2M ) out to the ball line, the Razor will achieve more than sufficient width. Skiers who struggle with this skill may find themselves narrow at the buoy. Skiers with good handle control will be rewarded with very long pre-turns and a wide approach to every buoy. Compared other high end skis, the Razor requires moderate handle control skills.
From Ball to Second Wake
The attitude of the ski exiting the buoy is consistent and dependable. The only thing distinctive is the lack of physical strength required to get from the buoy to the wakes. The ski gives the skier a distinct feeling of acceleration exiting the buoy.
Some skiers may find that the Razor “hunts” or feels unsteady riding straight behind the boat.
I do not like to describe skis in terms of speed but the Razor is FAST!
The fin settings on this ski are critical. The wrong settings can make this ski feel uncomfortable. The ski can be set up turn so fast and take so much angle that the skier has no choice but to ski at the limit on every pass.
The Razor is no longer the only RTM ski in the industry, but it is the only RTM ski that is built in a factory that has been refining the process for over a decade. For a skier, RTM means a ski that will potentially have a useful life many times longer than a conventionally built ski, and there will be greater consistency from ski to ski.
The owner of Razor, Volker Engelhardt, stresses that besides the winning design of the original Fischer ski, his biggest selling point is quality.
Cosmetically, the ski is simply beautiful and flawless.
I spent the first 10 rides on this ski worrying about writing a negative review. After fin adjustments and more time on the ski, I have come to believe the Razor is truly one of the best skis on the market. As my friend MS would say, “The Razor Rocks!”
My Razor settings: (Thanks to Joe Darwin for helping me find these settings)
Front Binding: 29.5”
Length: 6.880 (tips)
DFT: .743 (Head of Caliper) (.740 Slot Caliper)
Photos by Muffin
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