Fischer E109 Tour Xtralite. It's Back To The Future

Fischer E109 Tour Xtralite. It’s Back To The Future

By December 1, 2017 December 2nd, 2017 Featured, Nordic & Cross-Country

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The Fischer E109 Tour Xtralite cross country ski is helping xc skiers come full circle. Back to the future. Way back when I was first getting into my Nordic mode, waxable cross country skis were the choice. I’ve had more kick waxable skis than I can remember. While I may not remember each model of ski I’ve used, I sure do remember the glide those skis gave me. The turns I made on them. The long haul tours that went towards moonrise… all the memories (including missing the wax now and again) are wonderful.

And then a funny thing happened along the way these past couple decades. The Cross Country Industry decided if they made skis with a “no wax” pattern (ie, Crown, Positrack, Omnitrak, BC grip etc.) and shortened the length of xc skis it would make it “easier.” And, yes, they did make it easier but my thinking has lead me to believe they didn’t necessarily make it better.

Enter the Fischer E109. I really like this ski. Fischer made this ski with a Crown pattern for a few years and I do own a pair of them. The thing I loved most about these skis is that I could ski it in a 200cm length. Most of the other choices of backcountry touring skis these days have me on a 180cm or a 185cm. I learned on 215’s, 210’s, and 205’s. The shorter length skis work as advertised (they are easy to maneuver and set the kick) but I was not a satisfied skier. Where was my glide? Where did the nice fluid motion of striding along a cross country trail go? Where were my old skis?

With the Fischer E109 I was a step closer to the feel that I wanted back. I finally had a long ski that glides and even lets me make some turns along the way. But as my luck would have it, Fischer stopped producing this ski and I was crushed. I had several customers come in looking for that ski but I had to share the bad news – too late. SOL.

Each time I had the opportunity to ask Fischer to bring it back I did. Last Spring Fischer said there was a version of this ski made for Europe and allowed me to preseason the E109 in a kick waxable model named the E109 Tour Xtralite and I ordered it. You’ll find the E109 on the ski rack at Ski Haus. You won’t find this ski anywhere else in the USA. This is a Ski Haus exclusive. Fischer sells tons of these skis in Norway, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden… You’re getting the picture, right? Europeans don’t mind kick waxing longer length skis because they know how wonderful they feel on snow. Kick! Glide! Kick! Glide! Kick! Glide easily…

The Fischer E109 Tour Xtralite comes in 170, 180, 190, 200, and 205 lengths. They have the Easy Skin attachment option. The sidecut is 82.60.70. Plenty of length for glide. Plenty of sidecut to make turns. Plenty of fun!

Kick waxing in Colorado is pretty darn easy on the vast majority of winter days. Swix Blue or Blue Extra will nail it. If you do miss the kick wax all it takes is 5 minutes or so to make an adjustment (add a layer or two of the same wax, perhaps lengthen the kick wax, or try a layer of warmer or colder wax depending on temperature) and you’re off skiing again. If this doesn’t work you have the failsafe Easy Skin as a backup. The Easy Skin also allows you to climb a steeper ascent if you want to “B” line it to the top). The essential difference here is the glide of the ski. I can’t overstate this enough. If you enjoy a ski that is smooth under foot, glides out in front of you allowing you to cover more distance with less energy, and offers plenty of sidecut to make graceful backcountry turns, then this ski is for you!

I know you are out there. I know not every cross country skier is enamored with the t-shirt sizing, short lengths, and kick patterns that reduce glide. I know you are out there looking to go back to the future!

Fischer E109 Tour Xtralite – $379.95

P.S. I have my skis mounted with a Voile 3 Pin binding. I ski the Alpina Alaska 75mm boot and my skis are 200cm long. Talk about old school or maybe even grad school! This gear replaces my old Asolo Extreme black leather boots, Rotteffella cable bindings, and old Rossignol Rondonee skis, some old Trucker skis, some old Rossignol Descent skis, some old Evolution Mtn Quest skis, some old Swallow skis, some old Chouinard Toute Neige skis…

8 Comments

  • Diane P says:

    Yes, you can write and I know you can ski
    And yes, we are out here.
    I have been looking for a pair of x/c skis for a while, but haven’t been brave enough to order anything online from reviews or to go into REI and get their spiel.
    I was a ski bum and did minimal telemarketing on my Randonees, had some waxless skis in Mt. Hood area, and now am a flat lander in Fort Collins. Would they work out the backdoor as well as on the trails at higher elevations?
    I have a hard time getting excited about getting in the car and driving long distance to ski for the day.
    So, please, enlighten me with some possibilities.
    I am 5’8” tall, 158 lbs, in mediocre shape for 61,
    have skied all my life but am still freaked out at going downhill at a good clip (in or off track) on x/c skis and have no clue about new technology.

    Trying on boots is not the most fun, either! Yikes!

    Hope this finds you before the snow gets flying and your attention span gets shorter.

    • Murray Selleck says:

      Hi Diane, Thanks for your questions. Bare with me – I tend to get a bit wordy… Yes, XC skis and boots can be complicated if for no other fact than there are a ton of boot/binding/ski combination possibilities. I know there is the perfect set of xc skis for you… it’s just a matter of getting over the hump of indecision that is the hard part. The Fischer E109 is a great ski and can work perfect just out the backdoor in a local park or up on Cameron Pass. The Easy Skin option would check your speed on the downhill sections if you wanted to use them that way. Skins aren’t just for climbing!

      Having said that this particular E109 is a kick waxable ski and if you are up for that – it is a great ski. However, skis with Crown pattern for the kick zone are super convenient so if you are skiing warmer snow close to home or colder snow higher up you don’t need to worry about getting the kick wax right. Just lay the skis on the snow and go ski! Most folks these days do buy the “no wax” style of skis. Beyond the Fischer E109 I’d probably recommend a ski that is not too wide and not too skinny. Check out a Fischer Traverse 78 ($299.95), Madshus Eon 62 ($259.95), Rossignol BC 70 ($275.00), or Alpina 68 ($249.99). All of these choices are backcountry models with full metal edges and “no kick wax” patterns. They come in shorter lengths so they are easy to maneuver on the tour and downhills. You’d want backcountry boots like the Rossignol BCX 6 or the Alpina Montana to offer enough boot power to direct the skis where you want them to go and not vice versa.

      Ski lengths are primarily based on weight. For Fischer your ski length is a 176cm (both the 78 and the Spider). Madshus you’d take a 175 or a 185. Your kinda between sizes here. Shorter = better kick and control. Longer = better glide but more ski length for you to think about. Rossignol you split between two lengths also. In the Evo ski you could go with a 175 or 185 and with the BC 70 the choice is 170 or 180. (120 lbs to 150 lbs for the BC 70 170cm). (150 lbs to 180 lbs for the 180cm).

      If you would like a ski that fits into a groomed track at a touring center but also serve as a backcountry ski (maybe up near Cameron or Red Feather Lakes) then look at the Fischer Spider 62 ($229.95) or the Rossignol Evo OT 65 ($265). Both of these skis are narrow enough to fit in the track but come with full metal edges on the Spider and a 3/4 metal edge on the Evo. Your boot choice here could still be a BC boot like the ones mentioned above or you could go with a slightly lighter boot with a touring sole like the Salomon Siam 7 or Rossignol X-5 OT FW. These two boots offer a lighter touring sole. The toe bar of the boot that fits in the binding is a smaller diameter and shorter in length vs a BC sole/bar. The decision on boots between a BC boot or a light touring boot is where you think you’d ski most often, at the track or in an ungroomed situation in the backcountry. A BC sole offers more control in the backcountry but might feel a little clunky at the track and the light touring sole can feel great at the track but could be a bit adventourous in the backcountry. In which situation do you want the most control and stability? That’s how you decide. The boots these days offer great support and fit really good. We have really good success with all the brands we stock.

      The easy part is bindings. Boot sole determines your bindings.

      I know I’ve thrown a ton of information at you. Feel free to give me a call if what I’ve written does make sense… From your note it sounds to me that you’d do fine on cross country skis and it really is such a fun thing to do. I went to school in Greeley so I skied up on Cameron Pass a bunch. It is so gorgeous up there I’d hope you’d find the drive worth it. Take a friend and go! Write back with any questions. Thanks, Murray

  • Markus says:

    My wife and I love our E109 skiis ! Long and cambered for good kick-n-glide, but with enough fat and sidecut for some cruising turns in powder. Great for exploring, both on and off trail. This ski does it all ! We got the crown version (a couple years ago) for spring conditions.
    And yes, Alpina Alaskas are great boots to go with it.

    A friend borrowed them recently and said this was the ski she’s been waiting for all her life. Do you still sell them ? 190 or 200, crown. Thanks.

    • Murray Selleck says:

      Hi Markus,
      We do have the E109 skis in stock but they are a waxable version – not the crown version. Fischer stopped bringing in the E109 Crown version a few winters back. I was able to order the waxable E109 on a preseason basis only. The waxable version does come with the easy skin option. Kick waxing typically is not too hard and it does provide the very best kick and glide when you nail the correct wax. If you happen to miss the wax then the easy skin can act as a fail-safe for you. I have both the crown version and the waxable E109s and love them both! We are sold out of the 200cm length but I do have the 190cm length in stock. Let me know if you are interested in a pair. Thanks for your note. Murray

  • Merle says:

    I’m looking for a waxable xc ski. On the wider side. Available? How much$. I’m’6’4″ 230 lbs.

    • Murray Selleck says:

      Hi Merle,
      As of today (12.8.18) Ski Haus has two options for you. We have a closeout Madshus BC 55 ski in a 205 length (68.55.62). Suggested retail was 229.95 and its sale price is $115.00. The other ski is the E109 in a 205 length (82.60.70). The E109 has more sidecut and turns better than the Madshus which is a little straighter on its sidecut – still a very nice touring ski. Both skis are kick waxable. Personally, I ski the E109 and really like them. The tour great and have enough sidecut to make nice turns, too. Let me know if either option is of interest to you. Thanks and have a great ski season! Murray

  • Bill says:

    Hi Murray,

    Am wondering if you have any more of the E109 waxables in the 205 or 200 length (6’5″, 195 lbs) and what the going rate is for a pair. And, what it would cost to ship them to North Carolina (I know, I should live somewhere that actually gets decent snow…. someday I’ll cross back to the right side of the divide). Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

    • Murray Selleck says:

      Hi Bill,
      Yes, we have both sizes in stock. 205’s and 200’s. I recommend the 205 for you considering your size. I’m 6′ and 160 and the 200’s feel great! Give me a call at either 1.844.878.0385 or 970.879.0385 and we can make sure to send you a pair! Thanks, Murray

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