A backcountry-leaning ski with some backbone.
Skiing up, over, and down the Pyrenees is no easy feat (and just imagine if you had to bring elephants), but if you were going to tackle such an adventure, strapping the Fischer Hannibal 100 Ski onto your feet wouldn't be the worst idea ever. As the flagship of Fischer's backcountry freeride line, the 100 is equal parts hard charging and quick climbing, with a light and snappy Paulownia wood core that's outfitted with carbon fiber stringers and a Titanal laminate so you can put the hammer down when it's time to descend. Paulownia's naturally lightweight (and easily renewable), but Fischer opted to take the weight down even further with its Air Tec milling process, which mills the core into a honeycomb shape, dumping a significant amount of material without interfering with flex or durability.
Like almost all Fischer's touring skis, the Hannibal also features the company's Aeroshape design. To increase stiffness without increase weight, Aeroshape concentrates the mass of the ski in the middle and tapers towards the edges, which makes the ski lighter without giving up any of the torsional stiffness that's so key when you're edging hard in variable, or worse, snow. The Hannibal's edging performance is boosted by burly ABS sidewalls and a flat tail, which doubles as a secure attachment point for skins, and it has a moderate rise in the tip (Tour Rocker, Fischer calls it) to give you flotation in pow and the ability to roll over alpine mank, wind crust, and chunder.
- Paulownia wood core with Air Tec milling
- Tour Rocker (rockered tip)
- Sandwich construction with ABS sidewalls
- Carbon stringers and Titanal laminate
- Aeroshape design
- Sintered base
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
An ultra-light weight ski that bubbles with personality… given its weight class, anyway.
Hannibal’s minimalist wood core, laced with carbon stringers, stores and releases enough energy to make a day on the groomer enjoyable; although, I wouldn’t recommend them as resort-only planks. These skis really impress when you throw on a pair of seal skins in quest of untracked realty. If paired with technical bindings and TLT boots, your split-boarding friends (why do you continue to hang out with these guys?) will be in awe of your ability to mountain goat up the 15% slopes with your Hannibals underfoot.
Compare Hannibal to DPS Wailer PC
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
2 days heli ski New Zealand. One day on DPS Wailer 178cm skied very short and fore and aft unstable. One day on 170 Hannibals skied much longer than the DPS. Hannibals soft on bench flex but skied reasonably stiff. Superlight skis still handled crust well. No experience with them on hard pack.
Does the K2 and/or the La Sportiva climbing skin hardware fit the Fischer Hannibal ski's attachment points? I've read lackluster reviews about Fischer's $250 skins which are made specifically for the ski. Of course, the skins made by K2 and La Sportiva didn't rate any better. I'm also wondering if a solution would be the La Sportiva skin hardware attached to a pair of BD mohairs?
I cant say about the K2 or La Sportiva skin attachments. I do know that any correctly sized metal wire tip loops will work fine with these Hannibals. (ex. BD ascension) I also agree that the Fischer skins are not that great of a product (as of yet- they need revision). I modified the tips with a dremel to acomodate a tip bungee attachment a la ski-trab. Worked great.