Across the board, our testers really enjoyed the Fischer Hannibal, finding it to be a well-balanced lightweight ski that also excelled on the downhill. Its performance was consistent in varied terrain and across different snow conditions. In terms of downhill versatility, some skis we tested were better under certain circumstances, like the Volkl VTA 98, which was a better downhill performer across the board. The VTA's downhill performance was noticeably better, while the weight difference is negligible. In the end, on our scoring rubric, the Hannibal and VTA were close to tied. At just a little more than half the price of the BMT, we honor the Hannibal with our Best Buy award.
We've long loved the Hannibal family of skis from Fischer. The latest ski we tested is the Hannibal 96. In the past we tested the Hannibal 94. The newest ski isn't just 2mm wider. It is noticeably heavier, which makes it ski tough snow even better and makes it more durable, but definitely puts it into a different weight class. The "94" was similar in weight to the lightest skis in our test, while the "96" is more average in weight.