Fischer KOA 75 (2010) - Ski Mag

Fischer KOA 75 (2010)

Category: Women's Intermediate; Category ranking: No. 6; Average score: 3.19; Balance of skills: 2.96; Best for: Having fun at your current ability level; Not for: High speeds
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Rating: / 5
Price: $750.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119/75/102

Stability at speed: 3.03 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.23 / 5
Crud performance: 3.23 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.39 / 5

The Koa 75 replaces last year’s medal-winning Vision Exhale and steps up the performance with a full sidewall. It’s better at blasting through crud and powder, but still very much on the light and lively side of the spectrum. Quick and soft—almost toy-like—it’s a ski an intermediate could have fun on without upping her game. It does shimmy at high speeds—a flaw that might be alleviated by a longer length (testers skied a 155). “Nimble, but uncomfortable picking up speed,” Forland said.


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