2017 / 2018 Fischer Hannibal Skis
May 24, 2017
Most Versatile Touring Ski for the East Coast.
I really don't get too excited about skis - they just have to hit that 1200-1400g weight class and I'm generally happy. It's not too difficult to adapt to a short ski or a narrow ski, but for touring the last thing I want is a heavy ski. That said, the redesigned Hannibals come with beautiful new graphics and a playful new shape to match. Instead of two models, Fischer has pared down to a one and four lengths - 162 (94mm), 169 (95mm), 176 (96mm), and 183 (97mm). In January I mounted up some 176 figuring they would be the right length to handle navigating tight terrain as well as provide a stable ride in all sorts of crud. Fischer says the flex is 10% stiffer than the previous Hannibals. I couldn't really notice and they did seem a touch soft in firm conditions but I'm used to that with lightweight touring skis. I was surprised how well they skied in powder given tapered waist. Now they aren't a powder ski by any means but I had a blast skiing in 12-24" glades. One other noticeable change is the increased sidecut for better turning performance. I didn't take these on any groomers but on buffed out wind crust they were awesome. This ski is really for anyone looking for a high performance touring ski that is a perfect balance of weight, width, and flex to handle almost any condition.
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