Question about older Fischer S-Bounds, negative pattern

Question about older Fischer S-Bounds, negative pattern

Post by Lew Lashe » Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:05:43


I am looking for used (metal-edged, waxless) backcountry skis. Someone
on Craigslist is offering a pair of old Fischer S-Bound skis at a very
attractive price. The width is 88/60/78, corresponding to what is now
called the S-Bound 88. My impression is that, when Fischer initiated
the S-Bound brand, they were only available in this width.

I have found a couple of comments online that criticized the old S-
Bounds for their negative waxless pattern, saying that the grip was
not good when going uphill. The newer S-Bound skis have a different,
positive, waxless pattern, along with a number of other improvements.

I plan to use the skis in hilly terrain (for example, on Vermont's
Catamount Trail). I don't do a lot of backcountry skiing, and, in good
snow conditions, I would probably use my existing waxable, metal-edged
backcountry skis (Fischer E99). So I don't feel that it's worth it to
spend a lot of money to have the newest, most improved skis. But I
want something that will be usable.

I'd be very grateful if anyone here has any feedback on the usability
of the negative waxless pattern on older Fischer S-Bounds.

Lew Lasher
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont

 
 
 

Question about older Fischer S-Bounds, negative pattern

Post by gr » Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:59:00


Quote:
> I am looking for used (metal-edged, waxless) backcountry skis. Someone
> on Craigslist is offering a pair of old Fischer S-Bound skis at a very
> attractive price. The width is 88/60/78, corresponding to what is now
> called the S-Bound 88. My impression is that, when Fischer initiated
> the S-Bound brand, they were only available in this width.

> I have found a couple of comments online that criticized the old S-
> Bounds for their negative waxless pattern, saying that the grip was
> not good when going uphill. The newer S-Bound skis have a different,
> positive, waxless pattern, along with a number of other improvements.

> I plan to use the skis in hilly terrain (for example, on Vermont's
> Catamount Trail). I don't do a lot of backcountry skiing, and, in good
> snow conditions, I would probably use my existing waxable, metal-edged
> backcountry skis (Fischer E99). So I don't feel that it's worth it to
> spend a lot of money to have the newest, most improved skis. But I
> want something that will be usable.

> I'd be very grateful if anyone here has any feedback on the usability
> of the negative waxless pattern on older Fischer S-Bounds.

> Lew Lasher
> Cambridge, Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont

I had a pair of Outtabounds, which I think was the next width up. I only
liked them for use in the woods, un-trodden snow , where the width was
useful. Grip was never a problem that I noticed. I didn't like them
because on any sort of used snow (groomed, other peoples tracks,
snowmobile tracks, etc) they had poor glide. I put it down to my
inexperience back then, and that wide skis are expected to have poor
glide. I did like treating them as snowshoes and tromping through the
woods and hills though!
gr