Fischer Hannibal 100 — Quiver Ski Of The Week

Post by blogger | May 13, 2016      
Julia enjoying slushy spring turns and steep lines on the Blackcomb Glacier.

Julia enjoying slushy spring turns and steep lines on the Blackcomb Glacier.

I have had the honor to test out the Fischer Hannibal 100s (170 cm) — a very different ski compared to my usual setup.

A little bit about me: I am 5’9”, 140 pounds lady with 8 years of ski experience under my belt, skiing 50+ days a year. I began backcountry skiing 3 years ago when I moved to the Seattle area. I am an aggressive skier who enjoys leaving the ground and making big wide turns. I ski mostly in the backcountry mixed with some resort skiing when it is too dangerous to adventure out. My everyday ski of choice is 110mm waist, early rise tip and tail, camber underfoot — a ski that floats in powder but also handles well in the crud.

I got six ski days in on the Fischer Hannibal 100s. I would have loved to use them for a bit longer, especially into the PNW spring. However, I did ski them in a variety of conditions both in the backcountry and inbounds. The conditions included knee deep powder, wet spring slush, icy breakable crust, spring frozen crust, as well as various groomer conditions.

Fischer Hannibal 100.

Fischer Hannibal 100.

Tour rocker profile on the tip, a great help when it comes to tearing up chunder or floating in deeper snow.

Tour rocker profile on the tip, a great help when it comes to tearing up chunder or floating in deeper snow.

Specifics on the Hannibals: the ski is made with Paulownia wood core that’s outfitted with carbon fiber stringers and a Titanal metal laminate, equipped with Air Tec milling process, which mills the core into a honeycomb shape. What do all these fancy words mean? To summarize, even though the ski is ridiculously lightweight which could give an impression that it might ski like a noodle — that is not true at all. The Hannibal is stiff, performing well on hard pack, icy snow or a little bit of both.

First day that I took them out was on a spring PNW morning in the backcountry. As I started my trip uphill, I immediately noticed how light the skis felt, even with their heavier demo bindings. It blows my mind how far the ski technology has come — very impressive!

As I got up to the top of the run, I ripped of my skins and dropped. Initially, I didn’t love the ski. The descent was 7-10 inches of somewhat variable light wind blown powder at the top, to breakable crust in the middle with a gloppy, wet 5 inches at the bottom. Welcome to the PNW! The rockered tip worked, making it really easy to keep those tips up in deeper snow but I found that the tails were sinking. That was making it hard to turn or maneuver the ski, especially in the deeper slushy snow conditions. I felt like the skis didn’t do well with staying on top on the mush, but sank right into it. A note here, this may be a matter of preference, as I am used to wider skis and I am not used to a flat tail. With that said, I found it to be a lot of work to get down the deep, grabby snow.

As a next stop, I spent a day skiing around the Whistler/Blackcomb resort. Conditions were sub par, a mix of sun and rain, and icy frozen spring snow and I was dreading skiing. However, Fischers were perfect for the conditions, making the day lots of fun. They ripped big turns at high speed all over the groomers, as well as the firmer off piste terrain. They provided stability and confidence, held the edge, and allowed aggressive wide turns.

In the sub par conditions, this ski is the most fun. Towards the afternoon as the icy crust warmed up a bit, the Hannibals didn’t seem to notice the light layer of slush and proceeded to rip around the same way as in the morning.

One event that I experienced was unexpected face shots. Snow often squirted through the hole in the tip right into my face! At first it was good for laughs but eating snow while skiing down became a little annoying. Duct tape?

Flat tail profile, some early rise present but much less compared to the rockered tip.

Flat tail profile, some early rise present but much less compared to the rockered tip.

Hannibal 100 ski has a rocker/camber profile with an Aeroshape rounded topsheet, shown close up with a view of the demo binding.

Hannibal 100 ski has a rocker/camber profile with an Aeroshape rounded topsheet, shown close up with a view of the demo binding.

Overall, the Fischer Hannibal 100 is an excellent spring touring ski which would be perfect for long day tours and multi-day trips in the March thru August time frame. They are lightweight but still handle well in variable spring conditions — exactly what you need for the PNW volcano season. However, this would not be my all around ski for winter conditions. I would want something more playful, less stiff and more wide for those pow days mid-winter.

Specs for 180cm:
Stated weight: 1500g/180cm
Sidecut: 131-100-117
Radius: 23m/180cm
Available lengths: 170, 180, 190
Note: skis used in this review were 170cm in length

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13 Responses to “Fischer Hannibal 100 — Quiver Ski Of The Week”

  1. Kristian May 13th, 2016 10:39 am

    The holes in the tips are there so that you can build a rescue sled or take them off and hang them from your harness when you have fallen into a crevasse.

  2. Jeff May 13th, 2016 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the review, Julia. It is funny how different people experience skis in different ways. I’ve had the Hannibal 100 since February (15 days on them). I guess you must be right about them being stiff because I used to ski my TLT5s without the tongue, but that won’t work with the Hannibal. But for some reason they don’t seem to feel stiff when I ski them. And that is coming from a guy who tends to like more noodley skis (ie. first gen Manaslus). I bought these as a mid-winter touring option. Manalsu’s were too narrow and not enough rocker. My Sportiva Hi5s were fat and playful, but I got weary of dragging around all that weight. I’ve been lucky to get a fair share of powder days and I’m not sure I miss the girth or massive rocker of the Hi5. Once I got used to the Hannibals, they seemed to have plenty of float and playful bounce. Perhaps I’ll change that opinion the next time I am mired in deep PNW crud, but so far so good. Thanks.

  3. Lou Dawson 2 May 13th, 2016 5:30 pm

    Hi Jeff, Lou here, indeed, I think ski reviews are valuable or we would not publish, but, ours are indeed intended to be one person’s opinion, and every skier is so so different, snow is different, backpack weight is different, and on and on.

    Clearly, some skis seem to really stand out and are well liked by a large cross section of people. The Fischers seem to be on the good side of that, but yep, opinion will vary.


  4. See May 14th, 2016 5:50 am

    In my experience, the holes in the tips work with the K2 Z-clip skin attachment. Precut K2 Shreditor 102 skins fit the Hannibal 100’s with a little trimming, and seem like nice skins. The tail straps can be replaced with a Black Diamond STS tail kit.

  5. Dan May 15th, 2016 4:43 pm

    @See, can you pull the K2 Z-clip skins w/o removing the skis (easily)?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. See May 15th, 2016 8:35 pm

    I don’t know. I haven’t tried, but I suspect it wouldn’t be a problem. I can say that the system seems to work pretty well in general. If you don’t put a little tension on the front section of the skin to seat the clip, it can rattle. Other than that, the skins grip, glide, resist water and stick (at least in warm temps) nicely.

  7. See May 15th, 2016 8:55 pm

    And (cheapskate that I am) getting some Pomoca mohair blend skins for under 100 bucks didn’t bother me. Also, nice skis. They seem kind of soft to me, but lots of pop.

  8. Pablo May 16th, 2016 2:09 am

    @Dan, I used to take off skins from my K2 Wayback’s without getting them off.
    The Z-clip works perfectly, is easy to use, perfetly centering and less prone to damage than usual buckle clips.

  9. Bradley Heller May 18th, 2016 2:13 pm

    Snow shooting through the skin attachment holes? Seriously doubt that! I love my Hannibal 100’s (180) and so does my friend who has the 170’s…

  10. Al September 1st, 2016 4:38 pm

    I’ve put 12 days on my pair of Hannibal 180cm’s now with Dynafit Radical FT’s. I’m 75kg and 181cm. Amazingly light setup for touring. Hold well on firm snow and ice if you’re aggressive and push them hard, good on powder for a 100 waist ski but don’t like breakable crust being too light and pretty soft overall. In saying that they do the job well at a weight that doesn’t break the body.
    Only worry is how long such a light ski will last.
    I’m in New Zealand and my other skis are very stiff Kingswood Rocketype 187cm and Volkl 2 176 cm (work ski for heliski guiding).

  11. Lou Dawson 2 September 1st, 2016 7:24 pm

    Appreciate the report Al , I’d agree they have good edge-hold. Lou

  12. Tomas McKenna December 12th, 2016 1:42 pm

    Hey! Do you think these skis would be a little forgiving of a bad skier?

    I just started skiing a few years ago, bought the Baltoros (1st gen) and have toured a lot with them, but recently started getting better at skiing and started to realise the Baltoros are pretty light and whippy for skiing ski (they seem mostly aimed at the up-part of touring).

    So I want to get something a bit wider and more ski focused, was thinking of the Dynastar Mythics or the Völkl Nanatuqs, but the Fischer 100s seem perfect on paper.

    But do you think they are good for someone who is not very aggressive? I read that the Mythics for example are better for people that are advanced skiers and really go hard and fast, is the softness of the Hannibal indicative of them being more forgiving of bad technique? Are they something that would be good for an ‘ok’ skier rather than an advanced one?

  13. jeff December 13th, 2016 7:12 am

    I have a pair of Hannibals and find them quite forgiving. I think they would be a good fit for you (i.e. ‘ok’ skier)

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