This brand new all mountain ski from Fischer wowed our testers who begin each test run by finding a ski’s breaking point—on-trail, the PRO MTN doesn’t have one. As hard as we pushed this premium wood core, vertical sidewall ski that doesn’t skimp on the titanium, the more it pushed back. Extended sidecut at the tail means it rockets through transitions. And a low profile “Razorshape” layup gives it a knife-like feel. Sink into the belly of the 16.5-meter turn radius and PRO MTN 86 goes full autopilot. But with a bit of body English, you can mix up the turn shape, too. Credit for that (and this is a common story with the 2017 model year skis) goes to swing weight-reducing carbon inserts at the tip and tail and a lightweight beech and poplar core.
Swami gripe: As precise as it is on-trail, it gets a little too locked in off-trail in soft snow, even with the 86mm waist.
Swami like: “Effortless to get on edge,” said a tester. “Makes all turn shapes at all speeds. But it’s not for the faint of heart.”
Overall: 4.5 Turn Shape Variability: 4.7 Carving: 5.0 Dimensions: 128/86/116