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If you're looking for an excellent set of XC skis,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $497 for ski package

Summary

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.

Pros

  • Great glide
  • Full metal edge
  • Waxless

Cons

  • None

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!


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Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Frado! It's great when you can get such helpful guidance from a retailer to find the right product. Enjoy the skis!


6 months ago
300winmag

Your Fischer Spider skis seem very similar in design and construction to my Asnes Combi Combat Norwegian Army skis. (Sold in the US only at Neptune Mountaineering,Boulder,CO.) I use Voile' release binding plates and Voile' 3 pin heavy duty bindings with Voile' cable bindings. My boots are plastic Scarpa T3. Great control, warm liners and lots of adjustment to the closures.


5 months ago
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Excellent skis for track or light back-country. I've…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250 with bindings

Summary

Excellent skis for track or light back-country.

Pros

  • Full metal edges
  • No wax
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • None

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.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Chery! Sounds like you have a great XC ski setup, and a lucky boyfriend.


6 months ago
G00SE

I've only tried XC one time. I enjoyed it, but we don't get enough snow in my part of the country. Thanks for the review, Chery.


6 months ago
Frado Lopiccolo

I have a set of Spiders and they are AWESOME!


6 months ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Frado, we'd love to see a review of your Spiders too!


6 months ago
Frado Lopiccolo

Hi Alicia,


6 months ago
Frado Lopiccolo

Alicia, I will definitely post a review of my Fischer Spiders.


6 months ago
Frado Lopiccolo

Well, here goes my review of 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.


6 months ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Frado.


6 months ago

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