Advanced all-mountain skier Steef's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Versatility is crucial. I want to cover the whole mountain on the same day. Stability and camber for carving on piste, rocker for float off-piste, agility and playfulness are key factors for my perfect all-mountain ski."
My favourite all-mountain skis:
1. Armada TST
2. Salomon Quest 98
3. Elan Amphibio 16 TI2 Fusion
To all my reviews
Great all-mountain fun ski
The Fischer Motive 80 Powerrail (1.82m) is a surprisingly good allround or even all-mountain ski with some nice carving qualities. For easy going down groomed or disordered slopes, it handles it all nice and easy, without loosing grip. Also a good ski for the not so experienced off-piste skier to improve skills. The versatility of the ski makes it a 4 star quality ski to me in the all-mountain range. The skis feel supple, bumps and hopes of snow on piste at the end of a (warm) day are fun to handle. I couldn’t help picking out big hopes of slushy snow to go through or over, where everyone else tried to avoid them. A bit snowboard feeling ;-). But it most surprises me how well it handles on groomed slopes. Although it has not the pop out of corners like a real giant slalom ski like Fischer RC4 Worldcup RC Pro, it is stiff enough for some nice long carving turns, generating lot of speed without loosing grip, very nice.
Short turns and off-piste
Short turns though will take some effort, but I blame that on the wide 80 mm underneath your feet in combination with the tested length (1.82m). The skis invite you to explore the deep snow and it felt ok to me, despite my poor off-piste skills. You don’t have to lean back a lot, the tips stay nice above the snow. Also off-piste I found it hard work making short turns so next time I’ll rather try the 1.75m.
Fischer about the Motive 80 Powerrail
"The test winner of the last years: Easy going due to the new Air Tec technology. A special milled woodcore guarantees reduced weight by best performance.", says Fischer. High fun it is indeed, and also a good choice if you are looking for one pair of skis which can do everything quite good. But because it is good in a lot of aspects, it will always be a compromise between excelling in on- or off-piste qualities. Because of the good compromise it will get my 4-star ranking.