The Watea 94 is a versatile all-mountain charger with a proven pedigree.
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I too am considering this ski for an AT...
I too am considering this ski for an AT setup. Posted this question on the other version(2009 vs 2010???) long ago, but no answer yet. So, here it is on this listing. Anyone using it for an AT setup? It would be for more backcountry than sidecountry. I have the Titan boots and am an athletic 6ft 2in, ~180 lbs. Ive tried the 186 cm in an alpine setup and loved it in the deep crud but couldn't get them to hold as well on a pure crust day in alpine boots. The 178 did better but then chattered. I'm thinking the 178 might be too short for the real deep days in AT but it might be tough to drive the 186cm with the Titan Boots. Any experiences? I am particularly interested in the boat-hull version applicability.
2010 Fischer "Watea 94" Scores 97 of 100 Possible points
On the RateSkiGear.Com 100 Point Rating System, I scored these boards 97 out of 100.
I don't like "fat" skis, yet I liked this ski. It was tested on groomed runs only with patches of firm snow and the edge hold was amazing. Easy to turn, very damp, like all good Austrian skis. The design innovation is very unique and will definately draw attention. In addition, logic tells me that the "boat" tip will get you up on the snow.
As far as the current model year (08/09), buy them! For all the reasons above, plus the fact that this price is really good, why wait till next season?
A more detailed and informative review can be seen at RateSkiGear.Com.
fischer watea 101 alpine skis
looking at the new Watea there are some remarkable new features that lend to the skis performance first is the tail now a twin tip ski the response of the turn initiation on steep narrow chutes is above and beyond what you would expect from a ski this size. the ski really does ski shorter than you would expect. second is the forgiving tip. although little softer than its predecessor it engages and hooks up when you need it and in a subtle way. we loved how the ski performed on and off the beaten path.
fischer watea 114
skiing the 114 was a new expierence . the older porohete 106 worked my knee in al sorts of conditionditions! not so with the 114 lively and responsive for a fatter ski easy turn initiation and release in tighter spots and steeper chutes. In alaksa this spring the 114 worked everywhere we took her .very flexible in the tip and tail . feels almost too soft when flexing . then you notice the roundness of the flex. skis like a dream and no more knee twisting . also the hull tip seems like a novelty but the ski went straight and fast down jerrys wall !!
I like to ski the whole mountain, with the...
I like to ski the whole mountain, with the exception of park-n-pipe. I ski out east and out west, so I get into all conditions. While I love to rip a steep groomer, I also love to go off-piste, get into the trees, rock the bumps, and get into some deep pow when conditions are there. I've heard a lot of good things about this ski, and I'm just wondering if this could be the ski for me? Slowly moving into the advanced-expert category and love to explore the whole mountain. I did demo the Atomic Snoop in Utah last week in a 174cm with a 90mm width I believe. While I loved the performance of the ski, I did not like the graphics. Can I expect a similar performance or better from this Fischer?
Are these a twin-tip ski?
Are these a twin-tip ski?
I weigh 220 lbs. Is the 186cm long enough....
I weigh 220 lbs. Is the 186cm long enough. I am an advanced skier.
You can definitely get away with the 186, which should get you up to that next step becoming an 'expert' skier.
Can anyone shed some light on the stiffness...
Can anyone shed some light on the stiffness of the ski and its edge hold on some firmer N'Eastern groomers? I know these aren't ideal conditions for the ski, but just curious as to how they hold up if put in the conditions...Thanks.
I've skied the 94s in the east, and they do fine on everything short of hardpack/ice. As long as the snow is edgeable, they will rip on groomers. Surprisingly, I find the Watea 94 to be better on groomers than the narrower Watea 84. The 94 has a bit more heft and beef to it, and I think this makes it behave better when the snow firms up.The 94 is among my all time favorite skis, and I demo/buy at least 3-4 new skis every season. Been skiing the 94s east and west for two years now.
Finally, snow in Mount Shasta! And some nice, deep, fluff at that. Rented these skis from The Fifth Season - a bit too long for me - on was on 178cm and I'm 5'7, 140lbs., BUT: this ski floated like a dream, turned well since it's so flexy, and provided me with one of the best powder days I've ever had! I'm usually blastin' fast on my Volkl A4 Unlimiteds, so this was a nice change up. I highly recommend this ski for anyone going deep...
All mountain ski.
I have skied these in Utah on some of the deepest days, and on the days where you just rip groomers. They work great for both. If I lived in the Midwest or East Coast these would be a great ski for everyday use, along with being able to handle a trip or two out west. You can rail on these things and still with 94 underfoot they will float just enough, still allowing you to get down a little for a face shot.
Can you please tell me the weight of a...
Can you please tell me the weight of a pair of 186cm Fischer Watea 94 skis without bindings?
I have the Atua (the previous name of this ski). I'm 6 foot, 200 lb and these are perfect skis. They are my only pair and I couldn't ask for more. I actually retired two other pairs because these could do it all. They rock groomers, crud, whatever and keep coming back for more. The pow is heavenly. They float when you want them to and will make your friends wonder why you're kicking their butt. I've put about 70 days on the skis and have no doubt that they could easily run 150 days. If you're looking for a ski that rocks and that barely anybody else skis, get these.
great all-conditions ski for northern Rockies
I'm 5'10" and 150 lbs and ski reasonably fast, my other skis are a 175 cm Head iM88 w/ alpine bindings and a 172 cm Volkl T-Rock w/ Dynafits. These are set up with alpine bindings. I'm using a moderately stiff Rossi B2 boot.
The Watea 94 has the same springy, even-flexing feel of a good Volkl (I've also skied on Gotamas in 183) and very solid torsional stiffness for damp, deep, cutup snow. Not quite the metal-sheet feel of the Head Monsters but very close -- the stability is equal, the feel is just different. On reefed snow it quiets the rough spots. Carving hardpack is surprisingly solid and stable for this waist width, powerful edgehold. In new snow of up to 24" deep I've had a great time, no matter whether the snow was dry smoke or damp mashed potatoes. Outstanding ski that wants the fall line and wants you to get after it. Not sure how it would be under heavier skiers but it has all the power and stability I need at 150 lbs.
Fischer Does it
Fischer has the powder/all mountain ski thing pretty figured out these days. For years this was a fringe brand, better known for their race skis. Not anymore. Somebody at the company has really put some time into the powder, all mountain category. This is a good choice for somebody who wants a true all mountain ski. If needed this will rip groomers and also work on the biggest powder days and in crud. But it is also nimble and quick enough to ski tight trees. If you live in the west, this might work as your only ski. In the east, if you don't mind the width on the groomers, it will work as the solo ski, but you probably want a race board as a back up. Strong ski for strong skiers.
Just skied these today at the bird, and was really impressed. The conditions tested everything these skis had to offer, and they did not disappoint. Floated with ease, charged through the softpack/crud, and absolutely no chatter at high speed and through bumps - way stable. The added width took some getting used to (I've been a frontside, carving oriented skier in the past), but that's a personal issue. These skis have converted me, and I will be going off-piste much more often because of them. It's possible that I could feel this way after my first run on anything with larger than a 75 mm waist, but somehow I doubt that.