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A couple of of HM skis with their flat sidewalls

At the 2010 Fischer showed up with a new ski construction that they calling “HM”. The HM skis recognizable because the sidewall straight off the edge of the ski, of resolving in a little lip at the intersection the base. These skis started showing up in races, and on and were quite a phenomenon for the of the World Cup season.

The Olympic series all had a sticker on the top-sheet made it easy to recognize – so for the of the season is was easy to spot the HM in World Cup competition (even the Eurosport coverage), and they all over the place! The HM construction has in-play ever since, and is now for retail as the Speedmax model.

Hubinger – “Hubi” – the most guy at Fischer (when it comes to ski

When I visited the factory the after the Olympics, Hans (Fischer’s head of development) a more complete explanation of the HM As we had heard at the Olympics, the base was to the ski after the core and reinforcing were molded in the press as (a process involving a lot of heat and This new “Cold Base is one of the marketing tag-lines that has in support of the Speedmax model, and no joke!

Caution – the next few paragraphs are technical, and may induce states of boredom. Skip ahead if nervous.

In general the materials in skis are quite “duroplastic” the word Hubi used) – that they don’t much when you heat up. But the base material is extremely – it does expand a lot with The skis are heated to something or above 104 degrees C in the press, and the thermal properties of the various mean that, when the is part of the lay-up, it is either or pulling the other materials, on whether the press is heating or (first it heats, and then it

The varying thermal expansion a couple of things. First, it inherent tension in the materials. is important because the distribution of and pressure is not the only thing matters when it comes to ski The distribution of tension in the materials makes a big difference.

When you the shape of the ski (as you do when you step on it) you up the materials with tension. we’re picking skis always “forecasting” the tensile of the materials. The HM skis have a response, and this is something we into account when we the skis.

We look for different starting from these skis.

The big result of putting the whole including the base, in the press at is that the outcome is somewhat The exact shape of what out of the mold depends a lot on the exact of heating and cooling, and there are all of factors that can contribute to in those heating and cooling Like the weather, for instance!

By a lot of the variation in the thermal response of the in the press, the Speedmax construction a more consistent and predictable This was a big part of the reason the HM concept was destined for production from the very outset – quality control remains the grail of high-end race ski Fischer knows exactly they want to build, and if production methods allow to produce skis consistently to their ideal, then build consistently better

Speedmax above, Carbonlite – different responses to changing

The thermal response of materials is not a concern when you put the skis a press. What about you put skis into a cold like, say, winter . again, the different thermal of the various materials means the shape of the ski changes in the cold.

The glue used to bond the on the Speedmax skis has its own elastic and it provides a sort of layer of between the more thermally base material, and the less core and laminations. This that the ski is much less to changing characteristics in changing To demonstrate this I took the to the right.

In the upper shot is a of HM skis, one of which had just waxed with a 130 degree Below that is a pair of carbonlites, also with one ski with a 130 degree iron. the carbonlite ski that was ironed shape considerably.

This is – the shape changes back the ski cools – but it illustrates the difference the constructions.

Right from the it’s been apparent the HM skis were different, and not because of the new method of applying the Hubi has never told me what the other internal are, though he has acknowledged there is a different core profile. While the ski is nominally a 610 it is best to think of it as a different altogether, with distinct to the 610.

OK – back to stuff you can without going cross-eyed.

So – what does it all add up to? Fischer’s material claims that the is their “fastest” ski. Of it does! What else they claim? But is it really

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Peter Johansson and Chris both got to hold Kikkan’s skis” after the Sprint in Val di Fiemme. This “680″ are HM skis produced in 2010.

My impression of the HM skis was that would take over the But that’s not exactly what has Fischer has continued to work and advance the design of the normal construction. HM skis have their way into World Cup but they haven’t come to a majority position.

Some cup techs don’t like while others do. Most have some really pairs, but I’m not aware of anybody who them exclusively. Real might have recognized, time, that Kikkan has one pair of skis that she to race on all the time. Her 680 ski is an HM ski that I got for her Michael Grossegger, the head racing guy for Biathlon.

I’m pretty that Kikkan still Grossi a coffee date for pair, which was the promise he from me at the time. I have a number of pairs of HM skis for Amy and since 2010, and this season Sophie Caldwell a couple of pairs of Amy’s HM to good effect, scoring World Cup points to earn a nomination.

But, on the whole, the HM skis are not so faster . as different . They a more elastic feeling foot – Amy and I both clearly the feeling to the regular carbonlites. tend to produce good – when the running speed is at equal to the normal skis, I they go a little faster in of average speed (perhaps of increased elasticity).

Fischer that the cold-bonded base more wax, and I would attest that they different to work on, both and waxing. But I can’t make a for the base material itself faster.

Sophie and Ida testing new two days before the sprint in Val di

What is totally clear is Speedmax represents a meaningful forward in terms of quality in production. As a whole population, the skis will be faster anything Fischer has put out there because there will be a percentage of skis that exactly their design I’m highly confident that the elasticity and action in the bridge of the will be well received.

But I’m equally convinced that the carbonlites will remain a to be reckoned with for as long as makes them with the care and attention to detail they have established.

generalizations are representative of minor If you were to hop on a Speedmax ski and a regular ski at a demo event, your would depend entirely on pair of skis was better to the conditions on that day. As finding the right pair is a of understanding the materials, and knowing to look for.

I’m quite that we can make people with either Carbonlite or If you’re buying skis a shop that doesn’t how to pick skis, I would recommend the Speedmax, because quality will be less on the expertise of the shop.

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