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Fischer's attempt at the lightweight all-mountain expert market manifests itself as the Pro Mtn 86Ti for 2018. But how do they perform during our 2017 ski test in Kuhtai, Austria?
Level
Expert
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
A strong advanced skier who wants to ski all day all over, who is more concerned about performance of the ski than what it looks like.
Price
£630
Season
2017/18
lengths
161, 168, 175, 182
Bindings?
Yes
Float
8
Playfulness
8
Value
7
Edge hold
9
Stability
9
Turn initiation
8
Overall Score
7
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Their all-over feel and ease into the turn, no matter what kind of turn you're performing.
Not at all a good looking at all with a cheap appearance.

The Pro Mtn 86Ti from Fischer Sport are classic all-mountain skis to boot. They're fun, versatile across the whole mountain and light too - really light for skis in this category. At just 1750g per ski, they could even make a decent all-mountain set-up with a solid touring binding option.

First off, they feel a great deal stiffer in the flex than they actually are when performing on the snow, which adds to their overall versatility. Extremely easy to maneuver at slow speeds and quick from edge to edge, the slight tip rocker makes the initiation almost effortless as it eases you into the turn, creating very smooth and playful skis. The weight has a lot to do with this - not too light, neither too heavy, an ideal balance.

That stiffness kicks in on-piste as speed increases and then appears to grow in nature the faster you travel and as more centrifugal forces are applied. We enjoy this feeling, it's a sign of quality construction that we come to expect from Fischer, but welcome all the same.

Impressively, that stiffness seems to dissipate through the bumps which they handle so naturally, with a top performance rating through variable terrain that makes them a pleasure to ride over the entire mountain, in all types of snow conditions.

But, whilst we feel they are good value for money at £630 including bindings, we feel they would benefit from being sold as flat skis so customers could choose a piste, touring or even telemark binding option. They also look a little too shiny and this created the impression of rather cheap skis, despite the fact that under the bonnet, they are far from that.