Fischer Spider 62
If you're looking for an excellent set of XC skis, I recommend the Fischer Spider 62's. These skis can be used on groomed XC trails and especially off-trails. The full metal edge will give you the grip you need while in the backcountry trails, indeed.
- Great glide
- Full metal edge
Well, here goes, my review of my Fischer Spiders XC skis. I recently picked them up at REI Outfitters in Troy, Michigan. As a matter of fact, I picked them up the day after Michigan was dumped on by the first major snowfall in 2017!
When I walked into REI I went right for the skis. I didn't know the difference between any of the brand named skis that REI sold, but for some reason I was attracted to the Fisher Spider 62's. I told the salesman that I wanted a packaged ski deal and he went right to work educating me on the various ski items I would need. He was very knowledgable and within a half hour I was out the door with my skis, poles, boots, and even a pair of Velcro straps for securing both skis together in order to carry them.
I didn't think those Velcro straps were a big deal, but my salesman at REI said they are great for keeping my skis together. He was correct, the two Velcro straps are a must have! They are a HUGE convenience when it comes to keeping my Spiders locked securely together while transporting them in my car and when I carry them to the spot where I begin my skiing adventures. All you have to do is pull the Velcro strap and it releases your skis from one another. Maybe one day I will purchase an actual ski carrier strap to carry my skis, but for now, my Velcro straps work fine for me.
Mind you, the last time I XC skied was 35 years ago, but I wanted a set of skis so I can get in some decent cardio for my heart health. I usually run throughout the year, but I wanted to mix up my winter sporting activities and I'm so grateful that I bought my Spiders!
I bought the 189 cm size Spiders because I weigh in the 180's and stand around 6 feet tall. I also carry a backpack when XC skiing, so the longer size ski handles the additional weight. They are a perfect fit and they glide with the greatest of ease over ungroomed trails! As a matter of fact, that is the best feature I love about my Spiders. They float over the snow when I leave the groomed XC ski trails at the local Metro Park I ski at.
The full Metal Edge is a plus when skiing in the backcountry trails. They help dig into the ungroomed trails, which helps you from slipping all over the place. The metal edge is a welcome addition when I have to herringbone up a very steep hill, too!
The Fischer Spiders are constructed well. I have been skiing on ungroomed backcountry trails for weeks and they still look good as new!
Well, I hope I didn't bore you with my review and if you're looking for a great set of skis, than the Fischer Spiders are an excellent, all around, fun set of skis! I also recommend the awesome sales staff at REI Outfitters in Troy, Michigan. They are friendly, knowledgable, and fun to work with when deciding on outdoor gear!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $497 for ski package
Excellent skis for track or light back-country.
- Full metal edges
- No wax
- Easy to use
I've been xc skiing since I was a kid growing up in Michigan—50 years!
I love these skis. With full metal edges, they are perfect for skiing on snowmobile tracks or in light powder. They have a nice side cut for easy turning, and are slender enough to use in classic tracks on the golf course as well. I can even skate with them!
I let a friend who is fairly new to xc skiing use them once, and she immediately bought a pair. Same thing for my sister. I gave my boyfriend a complete outfit—skis, boots, bindings—for Christmas last year and he'll probably never use his Rossi BC90's ever again.
Just a great all-around recreational ski.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250 with bindings
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