Fischer Koa 88 (2014)

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Rating: 3.25 / 5
Price: $695.00
Year: 2014
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 88
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128-88-115
Lengths: 152, 160, 168

Stability at speed: 3.26 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.66 / 5
Crud performance: 3.25 / 5
Flotation: 2.70 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.66 / 5
Overall: 3.25 / 5

The Koa 88 is the widest Fischer women's ski with a flat tail (rather than bi-directional twin-tip). With its 88 mm waist width, it's built for versatility in soft or on hardpack. The target skier is an expert woman who spends as much time off-trail as on. Fischer's Koa collection of women's specific skis is a broad series comprising six models ranging in width from 110 down to 75. All models are rockered (narrower models in the tip only; wider ones in the tip and tail). All (except the value-priced, foam-core Koa 75) are wood-core, laminate constructions with full-length/height 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. Fischer's women's skis get all-poplar wood cores, which are lighter and softer flexing. 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.