Review: Fischer RC4 Worldcup SC

Model year: 2021-2022
Sidecut: 119-66-104
Size: 165
Radius: 13 m
Technology: wood core, full sidewall, two sheets of metal, full camber, tip hole

About this ski

Like the other RC4 Worldcup skis, the SC has been around forever. The recognizable hole in the tip and the tail that looks like someone has taken a bite out of it. Like its GS brother the RC, this consumer slalom version has been updated too. For the 2020-2021 season, Fischer has redesigned the ski with a slightly softer flex pattern in the tip. This makes it even more of a carving machine than it already was. But also less versatile, for it is almost unable to do anything else than that short carving turn.

Obviously, this SC has a much smaller radius than the RC. But other than that, the character (including weaknesses and strengths) is not very different from the consumer GS version. In this review, I will be focussing on other aspects of this new ski and comparing it to the ‘old’ 2019-2020 version, which I happen to own.

Cheaper feel

Apart from how they ski, the new SC has some striking differences compared to its predecessor. I want to stress that these differences will have no effect on the skiing itself, but they are striking nonetheless. 

The new top sheet, for example, has a mat, sandpaper-like texture. I am sure this is more resistant to little cuts and bumps, but it looks a bit cheaper, more ‘rental’, than the matte brushed high-end look of the 2020 version. The little bumper at the tail is now made out of plastic, instead of stainless steel in the old version. Overall, the finish seems to be less high-end. So, they look and feel a bit cheaper overall.

In conclusion

They made the SC look and feel a bit cheaper and easier to carve (but harder to do anything else on it). It is a trend moving away from pure performance (and versatility in this case). It is not serving ‘the masses’ (it has gotten softer, not necessarily easier to ski), but it is moving away from the true admirers.

Characteristics

PlayfulStable
ForgivingPunishing
LivelyDamp
SkiddingCarving
Low speedHigh speed
Short turnLong turn
Soft snowHard snow

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