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2025 Fischer The Curv GT 85

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Location: Mt. Rose
Size tested: 175cm
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The outgoing RCOne 86 GT has a great following here on SkiTalk which made we wonder: What were we previewing a few years ago when we were at Fischer's HQ that they were looking to replace it with after basically one design run (with one graphic change)? When I saw images of the new The Curv 85 I was a bit skeptical. Then I saw the ski in person I could understand. When I got on the new ski, I was a believer. You see, the outgoing model with its multipoint tip, taper in the tail, and a multi radius sidecut in the middle was an exceptionally good ski. Unfortunately, exceptionally good does not rise that cream to the top. It takes more than that and I think Fischer realized that. The RCOne GT 86 was a Steadfast of a ski; it was a safe option for every day but never a "I gotta grab the RCOne today" ski. With the new The Curv GT 85, that will not be the case. I will have to look for reasons not to grab the ski, especially because I have other skis I need to ski too.


When I first got my hands on this new 85 mm ski there was something that felt immediately familiar with the shape. It is visually similar to one of our favorite skis of recent memory, the Salomon S/Force Bold. Trust us, that is a very good thing. The Bold was one of our favorite skis when it was offered. Now, while the The Curv shares some similarities with the Salomon, it is its own ski in the on-snow feel department and that also a very good thing. In an era of making skis more accessible (dumbing down, as some afficionados will claim), I think Fischer went away from that trend with the evolution of the The Curve from the RCOne 86. I felt the new incarnation is more purposeful than the old ski and that is good because there is always a cost for compromise. Commitment to a design shows character and, for the third (and last) time, that is a very good thing.

The on-snow feel of the The Curv GT 85 is solid and tenacious on the groomers. In the mixed conditions and bumps there was little loss in confidence. I think this has everything to do with the shape of the new ski. Moving from the tip back, you can see some of the new Ranger in the shape of the tip. It is more square than the old ski which extended the sidecut through the tip. It doesn't get jostled in the mixed snow. The round 15 meter mid body with its 3D radius worked well and the more square tail with less taper followed the rest of the ski nicely through the turn yet didn't get hung up in the moguls.

We are seeing a new plate from Tyrolia on the Fischers (and some other brands for this year). First of all, it is the same hole pattern, so for shops reading this, you will not need a new jig if you ever needed to mount or remount them. But more importantly, looking at the M-Track plate from the side, you will see that it is ramped back to front. That way, no matter what boot sole length the skier has, they will experience the same feel on the ski. This is something that we have been pushing for years. Regarding bindings, since Fischer has a relationship with Tyrolia, you will have a choice of the regular RSW12 binding or the ability to step up to the Protector, like we have done when we can.
  • Insider tip 1: Like the other skis, just get the Protector.
  • Insider tip 2: We will have these in out long term fleet, so expect updates throughout the season.
Andy Mink
Location: Mt. Rose
Size tested: 175
Conditions: cold leftovers from a small storm, scratchy groomers

It's been 4 weeks since I last skied after incurring a broken rib. Feeling good but not up to 100%, I got on the CURV GT 85 with every notion of taking it easy. That lasted about 100 yards. On the firm packed manmade with a dash of Ma Nature snow, the CURV GT is a blast. The tip shape draws you into a turn, but doesn't yank you. The fairly substantial camber keeps the tip and tail planted...unless you want to let go and slip some. The ski is quiet as the snow turns to scraped of hard Styrofoam, but doesn't lose grip.

I didn't head into bumps today but will eventually. After a morning of zipping around on the CURV, I'm impressed with this wide narrow ski at 85 underfoot. It is stable at the speeds I took it to and it is quite apparent the top end is still a way away.
 
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Who is it for?
Skiers who felt the RCOne was just too Midwest nice: "No, after you..." The resort skier looking for an 80-20 ski that has the chops to lay trenches when called upon but can just chug along when needed.
Who is it not for?
Those looking for a widebody frontside specific 85, the The Curv will dance off piste too ... but it wants to lead, so be ready to tango. If you don't like or haven't reached carving, you'll be missing out on the best part of this ski.
Skier ability
  1. Advanced
  2. Expert
Ski category
  1. Frontside
  2. All Mountain
Ski attributes
  1. Groomers
  2. Moguls
  3. Off Piste
  4. Trees
Segment
  1. Men

Specifications

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Available sizes
161, 168, 175, 182
Dimensions
133-85-118
Radius
15m@175cm
Rocker profile
  1. Camber with tip rocker
Size Scaling
  1. Dimensions
Construction design
  1. All new
Binding options
  1. System
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David Edwards

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I hope a few shops get some early releases. This ski sounds interesting. A shop in Denver last year received the Fisher BOA boots on an early release-maybe they will get this ski.
 

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Yes, the RC4 BOA boot was a limited early release last year, along with the Salomons and K2's. I believe the The Curv GT will see select stores w/in the next few weeks.
 

VladSki

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I understand this new lineup will be replacing the RC Ones - any info on what is going to happen to the "good old" Curv series (GT, DTX, Ti, etc.)?
 

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I understand this new lineup will be replacing the RC Ones - any info on what is going to happen to the "good old" Curv series (GT, DTX, Ti, etc.)?
That is still there, new graphics, some alphabet changes.
 

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I don’t really understand replacing the RC One name with the Curv name. It’s not like people have been clamoring for more Curvs. Most shops don’t carry the Curv!
 

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I don’t really understand replacing the RC One name with the Curv name. It’s not like people have been clamoring for more Curvs. Most shops don’t carry the Curv!
Grasping, I guess these skis are more Curv-esque than RC-esque?
 

David Edwards

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Looks like early release of the GT 85 is not being delivered to two of the shops I asked. Not sure who might get them.
 

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Is the 76mm (blue) model the same ski as the multicolored 76mm Curv GT from 2022/23?
 

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What do you think about early rise vs. the RC One 86 GT?
I like it, the tip (and tail) is more connected and reactive to the snow, a more positive ski. We just got our GT 80 WS's and will get them out on snow tomorrow.
 

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1/22/24 Long term update: We arrived in Utah a day early for the 2025 ski into and since we had a day to kill, we went over to Deet Valley for some nice groomer zoomers. The conditions at Deer Valley were exceptional, about 1-2" of fresh over their manacured groomers. Yes the Curv 85 did exactly what I expected of it, it held well where the snow was thin and went over the crud where it was piled and cut up.
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