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2010 Fischer Watea 101

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Pros: Stable, smooth, easy, versatile, fun, and balanced.

Cons: Some chatter on hard turns on hard snow, and not as quick as the skinnier skis obviously.

Had a blast on these in various snow conditions and terrain (@ 6 ft. 200lbs.).  My regular skis are the Watea 94s (186 cm).  The 101s aren't as quick, turny, or as easy to bend as the 94s, but the trade off is more platform, stability, and smoothness.  I think the 101s are stiffer in general (or at least in the middle portion of the ski) .  I like the phrase "a gentle bear of a ski" that Michael used to describe it.   I was able to maneuver this ski much better than I anticipated. They definitely ski shorter than their length indicates.  This ski's dimensions haven't changed in something like 6 -7 years providing maximum versatility.  Fischer might have something good here heh???

 

The 101s were amazing on spring like groomers - handling speed very well- with more of a of GS ski feel versus a medium carver and softer pop feel of the 94s.  Good solid strong smooth energy while carving and yet the more I pushed the greater the response and energy awoke (hence the stiffer or higher end expert rating).  They're also very easy to ski at slower speeds - auto pilot turns.  However, if you were to throw them a bit too much sideways on harder surfaces at faster speeds -you definitely get the infamous chatter that may knock your teeth out.  So wether it be pilot error or the nature of the Wateas under those circumstances -not so much fun.  I've found that gentle edging on steeper - harder sections rather than trying short radius turns (at higher speeds) eliminates that chattering.

 

Straight lining was fun fun fun - very stable and easily handing the highest speeds that I could produce- a very fast ski indeed.

 

Steeps were super easy-with great edge grip, great stability through rough crud/chop, easy to throw around, and carve or slarve.  You do get a fair amount of feedback from the snow rather than damp plank feeling on the Wateas, but I tend to like that feel and energy.  

 

Moguls of the softer kind were surprisingly easy for a ski this size  and never felt the length catching as I thought I would.  

 

No deep snow to test, but this is where I'm sure the 101's would out shine the 94s with the wider and longer platform. The tips are soft enough to stay above the snow, but strong enough to charge over/through tough crud as well- a perfect perfect balance of soft but strong. I would probably tend to favor the 25 m radius shape of this ski in powder versus the 22 m radius of the W94s, but  not huge difference.  

 

Overall, this could be a one ski quiver for softer conditions particularly for larger skiers.  I tend to like the softer, carvey pop, quicker feeling, and a bit more versatility I get from the 94s. However, if I were larger in size or skied bigger mountains (with higher speeds and big snows) I'd gladly take the 101s. Next years 101s in a 182 cm length may be the best of both worlds for a guy my size--hmmm???  Recently, saw last 2008 101s which is the same (just different graphics)  for about $340.00 on ebay.  A steal!

Posted

Pros: Float, great carving ability on the groomers, easy to use

Cons: Feels light in crud, but is very stable

2008 Fischer Watea 101

This is a ski that does-it-all, makes soft snow stupid-easy and is an ideal natural snow ski for most level 6 through 9 skiers.

I skied the Watea 101 at Alta-bird with local skiers including Josh "Bushwacker" and Mark Gardener. About 20 inches have fallen in the last 3 days and every run had some knee deep snow and a fair share of softer crud. A good day to test my new all-mountain skis. In-fact it was awesome.

The Watea 101 is a gentle bear of a ski. At 192cm in length and a 134-101-124mm sidecut it provides a 25 meter turn radius. This description might sound like a top-end big mountain skis, but it feels like a 183cm Head Monster 82 on the groomers and is very easy to turn on the kind of steep-n-deep conditions I had today. This is possible because the ski is soft flexing yet retains excellent grip on groomers. It also has more sidecut than most long skis and it's turned up tail makes it feel very short. The tip is like a toboggan and the soft flex allows a very upright and natural body position without any risk of tip dive.

What is best about the Watea 101 is that any terrain, be it flat or steep, groomed or deep, the ski is very easy. It turns like it has power steering. It will carve on firm snow and floats automatically in soft snow. I did not feel the need to change my skiing regardless of conditions. It can even ski softer moguls; the width and length are not a problem while skiing anywhere on the mountain.

A few observations: I never felt any lack of stability, however the ski feels very light and some level 9 skiers might miss the beefy feel of other fat skis. The ski also requires some deliberate effort in tighter spaces but much less than other skis of this size.

Any 175 lbs skier who is level 8 can ski this ski with great results. The ski is very good under the feet of a big 200 lbs guys who expects extra float. Want to quickly learn to ski in deep snow? This is your ski.
 

Posted

Pros: Stable, fast, fun in the deep and ok on soft groomers. Ski shorter than 192

Cons: Not great in bumps or tight trees.

A blast for powder days, easy to ski for such a big ski.

2010 Fischer Watea 101
Description:

The Fischer Watea 101 is a ski that does-it-all, makes soft snow stupid-easy and is an ideal natural snow ski for most level 6 through 8 skiers. Today I skied Alta-bird with local skiers including Josh "Bushwacker" and Mark Gardener. About 20 inches have fallen in the last 3 days and every run had some knee deep snow and a fair share of softer crud. I had two memorable runs on High Stakes in Mineral Basin and skied Great Scott twice. This is a chute-then-bowl under the tram near the top. I also skied Shireen twice and got a few runs over at Alta. A good day to test my new all-mountain skis. In-fact it was awesome. The Watea 101 is a gentle bear of a ski. At 192cm in length and a 134-101-124mm sidecut it provides a 25 meter turn radius. This description might sound like a top-end big mountain skis, but it feels like a 183cm Head Monster 82 on the groomers and is very easy to turn on the kind of steep-n-deep conditions I had today. This is possible because the ski is soft flexing yet retains excellent grip on groomers. It also has more sidecut than most long skis and it's turned up tail makes it feel very short. The tip is like a toboggan and the soft flex allows a very upright and natural body position without any risk of tip dive. What is best about the Watea 101 is that any terrain, flat or steep, groomed or deep is stupid easy. The ski turns like it has power steering and carves on firm snow and floats just as easily in soft snow. I did not feel the need to change my skiing regardless of conditions. It can even ski softer moguls; the width and length are not felt while skiing anywhere on the mountain. A few observations: I never felt any lack of stability, however the ski feels very light and some level 9 skiers might miss the beefy feel of other fat skis. The ski also requires some deliberate effort in tighter spaces but much less than other skis of this size. Any 175 lbs or heavier skier who is level 7 or better can ski this ski with great results. Want to quickly learn to ski in deep snow? This is your ski. Cheers,

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths192cm only
Turn Radius25 Meter
ConstructionWoodcore laminations with titanal & carbon fiber stringers, vertical sidewalls.
Core MaterialWood
Binding SystemTyrolia Railflex RF14
Recommended UseAfter a recent storm, the ski can perform well from 50/50 to very deep conditions
Manufacturer Warranty
Recommended BindingAny, this is not a system ski
Recommended LevelAdvanced
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