Ski review Fischer Watea 88

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Profile reviewer Heyman

Freeride or all-mountain ski?

When I first looked at the Fischer Watea 88, my expectations were high. Although it is quite a narrow ski (only 8,8cm underfoot), it gave me a freeride feel. According to Fischer this is a freeride ski. But it should be good on piste as well. They say it is a 30% on-piste and 70% off-piste ski. The all-important question is: is it any good?

Cheapest price we found Fischer Watea 88 ski 2014 for sale:

Freeride ski Fischer Watea 88 2014

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It's not good as an all-mountain ski. Normally I like a little bit of rocker both at tip and tail in an all-mountain ski. But in case of the Watea 88 the rocker causes the ski to be too weak. It doesn't give you that challenging feeling, which makes you want to attack the mountain. You can make a decent big carve turn on this ski, but nothing compared to real all-mountain skis.

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   Terrain:

   Handling:

Intermediate

30% piste - 70% off-piste

Soft and unprecise

   Character:

   Comment:

   Rating:

Carving big turns

What a disappointment!

Rating: 1 stars

Reluctant freeride ski

It's not a particularly good freeride ski as well. Therefor it's simply too narrow. The Watea 88 handles chopped-up snow reasonably well, but in deep snow there's not enough float. Probably that wooden design tricked me into expecting it to be a good freeride ski. The only reason I put the Watea 88 in the freeride category, is that it's such a mediocre all-mountain ski.

Fischer about the Watea 88

"Perfect on the piste, power in deep snow: featuring Freeski ROCKER for exact control behaviour and excellent floating. A real buddy for cool guys!" I simply cannot agree on any of this. It's only satisfying performance is in chopped-up snow. For that it gets the 1 star.

Dimensions

Length (cm): 160, 168, 176, 184
Sidecut (mm): 128-88-115
Radius (m): 17, 18, 19, 20

Related skis

The Atomic Vantage Panic is a good all-mountain ski featuring a twin tip. It's bigger brother the Atomic Vantage Ritual has more off-piste qualities. The Armada ARV is just brilliant.

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