Winter may be over, but that doesn’t have to affect your cross-country ski plans. Hone your technique, stay in shape, and dream of next winter as you roll along with an amazingly authentic feeling of skiing on snow.
In the Fischer tips section you’ll find more analysis and explanations of some of the terminology and fine points of skiroller use.
Choosing a skiroller
The basic choice is, of course, between Classic technique and Skate technique, exactly the same as it is for winter.
The skirollers for each technique are as activity-specific as they are for skis.
Classic skirollers have relative wide wheels to simulate the contact area of the winter skis. Their wheels roll only forwards, so the pushoff phase has the same forward drive effect as a correctly waxed ski or a “fish scale” grip base.
Solid construction provides a smooth ride and good stability. A top rollerski like our Carbonlite Classic FR relies on lightweight carbon for excellent stiffness and overall strength to attenuate shock and vibration. Similar characteristics are found in a beginner’s model, like the RC7 Classic FR, which easily rolls over rough asphalt.
Skate skirollers are similar to to snow skis in the way they perform and the way they require a more complex technique to attain and hold speed.
They are shorter, and they have narrower wheels to simulate the edge contact of Skate skis. The radius of a Carbonlite Skate wheel is 100mm (2.5 in), for example.
There are also Skate skirollers for beginners. The RC5 Skate offers sure handling and easy turning, even if your technique isn’t yet perfect.
A great option for beginners, especially for young skiers, is a combination skiroller that allows both Skate and Classic style. One example is the RCJ Combi Mounted with its low-to-the-ground design for reassuring stability.
Fischer skiroller brakes are separate unit you attach to the rear of either boot you prefer. I simple tilting backwards of the lower leg presses the light, sturdy brake mechanism against the rear wheel. More pressure means faster braking. Simple, elegant, effective.
Poles, boots, bindings
Fischer poles have a Multi-Tip system allowing for easy exchange of tips for snow and tips for the asphalt. Use your favorite poles all year, just swap the tips.
Like a winter boot, skiroller boots for either technique allow efficient power transfer from your legs to the rollerski to the ground. Warm weather rolling calls for ventilation and the Fischer Fresh anti-bacterial treatment to keep boots in good shape as the kilometers add up.
While the function of the binding is the same as it is for winter gear, the designs for Skate and Classic skirollers are unique to theses models.
Streets were designed for automobiles, bicycles, and other vehicles with large diameter wheels, so put on your bicycling or ski helmet and please consider knee pads and hand protection.
After a little acclimatization a skilled snow skier will feel comfortable on skirollers. The techniques of foot and leg motion, and use of the poles are the same.
Go easy at first, and give yourself time to get used to the feel and some of the differences- especially braking!
The Fischer difference
As a leader in all aspects of cross-country skiing and off-season training, we’re confident you’ll enjoy the benefits of our years of research and know-how:
Fischer skirollers have a smooth, authentic ride.
Practical details like a Splash Guard to prevent stones being launched by fast-moving wheels.
Aluminum and carbon frames for long-distance performance.
All-aluminum frames in beginners’ models for an extra smooth ride.
So, go out and enjoy your cross-country skiing. It’s the season!