"I like to ski at high speed. Giant slalom skis are made for me. Stability is very important. Slalom is nice for shorter work when necessary. Like at the end of the day on icy bumpy pistes. Allround piste skis should be damp but not too comfortable."
The Progressor 800, so called all-terrain piste ski, is very flexible. The ski turns easy. Both long and short turns are fine for the Progressor 800. You just direct the front edge in the turn and it will run smoothly on its edge. This ski allows you to ski relaxed on fine groomed slopes. Now the downside of this Fischer ski for me. Once you gain some real speed, you'll notice that the ski is too flexible. It won't hold, it doesn't feel stable. I don't think the Progressor is good enough for speeding. And not just straight down, especially on giant slalom turns.
Judging the ski as an all-terrain piste ski and expecting it to be for experts, I am not so enthusiastic. For a better score it should be better in powder or on bad pistes. Not to forget the stiffness it lacks for high speed stability.
Fischer about the Progressor 800 Powerrail
"Perfect companion on all pistes. For experts who love speed but also enjoy more relaxed skiing at times.", says Fischer. Pretty obvious that I can only agree with the relaxed skiing part. Once you gain speed the ski is not stiff enough. This is not a speed ski and way too flexible for experts. An intermediate skier who is not pushing the limits might have a nice ski with this Fischer. For my kind of skier it is not good enough. And while Fischer says the Progressor is about 30% off-piste, I would say 100% on piste..
Intermediate+ level piste skier Steef's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 3076
"For me skiing on piste is all about testing the limits of speed and grip of the skis, both slalom and giant slalom. Comfort and flex are less important to me than stability. Skiing is supposed to take a lot of energy out of you."
Stable and comfortable skis for the average day on the piste. Not excelling in a special manner, just doing there speed carving thing with ease. If you are looking for a good turning and comfortable ski with neutral handling, this is your ski. For the thrill seekers the Progressor 800 might get a little bit boring after a while. High speed cruising, that’s what this Fischer ski is made for. Stable enough and also very comfortable: bumpy pistes don’t exist with these skis at your feet, fabulous. Long carving turns are easy and you feel like sitting on a train.
Slalom and/or Giant Slalom
The skis have lots of grip. In shorter turns however, they feel a bit heavy, and ask some effort to go from side to side. Fischer claims this ski has a dual radius system for both Slalom and Giant Slalom use. I think it only works well for Giant Slalom. If you seek a more agile ski for Slalom, go for a real Slalom type of ski.
Fischer about the Progressor 800 powerrail
"Perfect companion on all pistes. For experts who love speed but also enjoy more relaxed skiing at times.", says Fischer. Well, in the case of an expert who does not love thrills, it might be true. The ski has certain qualities and I think it is for relaxed intermediate skiërs who stay on the piste.
Advanced+ level piste skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 3095
"In both short and long turns a good piste ski is stiff enough to remain stable at max speed and flexible enough to handle bumps and loose snow when circumstances get worse. I like them playful as I consider the whole piste a big playground."
The Fischer Progressor 800 is an intermediate piste skier's dream come true. You'll never loose control over the Progressor 800, such is its adaptability to the terrain. You just shoot over bumps and loose snow without noticing them. At the same time it's a pretty good carving machine as well. On top of that the Progressor 800 is comfortable and playful.
Full speed with bad visibility
Yes, people might say about the Progressor 800 that it's not stable enough at top speed for advanced skiers. And they're probably right. But I'll never forget testing the Progressor 800 in bad weather with poor visibility. Where everyone else on piste was suddenly insecure and careful, I just ripped the piste at full speed, flashing by advanced skiers on their stable skis. Because the Progressor 800 instills the confidence on you that no sudden bump or invisible snowheap is going to beat you. As a result in those circumstances on the Progressor 800 you're the fastest skier on the slopes!
Fischer about the Progressor 800
"Perfect companion on all pistes. For experts who love speed but also enjoy more relaxed skiing at times", according to Fischer. The Progressor 800 is not for experts but for intermediates and relaxed advanced skiers. Experts might think about the Progressor 900.