The narrower (80 mm) waist of the Motive 80 makes it slightly quicker edge-to-edge than the top-end Motive 86, while the absence of metal gives it a lighter, livelier feel (and lower price). And where the 86 is sold flat, the 80 is only sold with a 12-DIN binding. The target skier is advanced to expert and spends more time on-trail than off.
The Motive series is Fischer's largest-selling and most mainstream collection, with five models of frontside-generalist skis ranging in waist widths from 86 mm down to 74 mm. Prices range from $900 MSRP down to $550, with "street" prices ranging from $750 down to $400 in many shops. Fischer's All-Mountain Rocker is employed throughout the line - moderate early rise in the tip only - to absorb terrain shocks and ease turn initiation. All models (except the value-oriented Motive 74 and Motive X) are wood-core laminate constructions with full-length sidewalls. Wood is used for durability and responsiveness; full sidewalls for optimized edge grip and solidity underfoot. (The sidewalls are angled - less edgy than vertical sidewalls and more resistant to damage caused by the opposite ski's edge.) All Motive models, except the widest (Motive 86), are system skis, sold with Fischer brand bindings (manufactured by Tyrolia).
Family-owned Fischer Skis is based in Reid, Austria, where all its skis (and many of those of other brands) are built. Fischer says its factory in Reid is the second largest manufacturer of skis in the world.