Fischer Watea 94 (2009)

Fischer Watea 94

Rating: / 5
Price: $1225.00
Year: 2009
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130/94/118

Stability at speed: 3.50 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.61 / 5
Crud performance: 3.35 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.04 / 5

The Watea 94 doesn't screw around. Wood core, carbon-fiber reinforcement, sandwich construction, near-vertical sidewalls-all in all a simple construction, fairly lightweight but plenty sturdy. Its straight sidecut would rather spend time in the fall line than cut across it, so it's not surprising it got high marks for high-speed stability. In fact, it works best at speed. "The faster you go and the more pressure you put on it, the better it handles," said Larsen.

Best For

Attacking virgin snow at high speed

Not For

Has little patience for tentative technique


Fischer Watea 94

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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.