Fischer Watea 78 (2009)

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Fischer Watea 78

Rating: / 5
Price: $1020.00
Year: 2009
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 122/78/107
Lengths:

Stability at speed: 3.80 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.88 / 5
Crud performance: 3.18 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.19 / 5

Though one of the lighter models in Fischer's Watea line, the 78, a unisex ski, was one of this category's beefiest. Testers loved the sandwich sidewall construction for its rock-solid hold-No. 1 in Hard-Snow Grip-and felt invincible at speed. But they dinged it for being sluggish edge to edge (a long test length may be partly to blame) and hard to turn. But once it did, it was one powerful ride. "For a woman who's hardcore and fearless," said Lewis.

Best For

Maching down hard snow

Not For

Quick arcs; burly build takes work to steer

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Fischer has gone to great lengths to lighten up the 94-mm Watea, milling out parallel channels in the core, then filling them with reinforcing carbon-fiber I-beams. Then it gives the tip a unique shape—a 3D prow like the hull of a speedboat—the better to slice through soft snow. The result: The Watea 94 was No. 1 for Flotation and No. 2 in Crud Performance. As testers pointed out, there are quicker and more energetic skis in the category, but the Watea loves cruising in long, fast arcs on the groomed while waiting for the next powder day. “Fun at high speeds; awesome in crud; all-mountain versatile,” said Boller.