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Fischer Watea 94 or 98??

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I am an east coaster, but take trips out to Colorado once in a while. I have a pair of Volkl Energy 320s, which I like for the icy stuff, but want something to handle more off piste terrain on both coasts. I demoed the Watea 94 (170ish) in Telluride and absolutely loved them - blasting through the crud, flying down the groomers and even light enough to dance around the bumps. I am thinking of buying a pair, but am wondering if I should consider the Watea 98. I like the idea of the rockered tail and tip and the slightly wider ski for the pow and am on the fence about the tail of the 94s, but am wondering if anyone has tried both. Any opinions??

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Go big or go home!  If you've already got something for ice, might as well get something bigger for pow and such

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BDrummer:  I own the Watea 94's and they are my everyday ski. I thought I would be using my Recon's (78mm) or Outlaws (88mm) for the hardpack days, but found that the Watea 94's perform great in all conditions, from hard/icy to pow to crud.  I only used my Outlaws on opening day since there was low snow coverage and I didn't want to scratch up the bases of my new skis. Once I got on the Watea's, the only time I was off them was when I was demoing something else - and as I mentioned, I always was happy to get back on the Watea's. I have demo'd a number of skis and I haven't found anything I like nearly as much as the Watea 94's.  That being said, I have not had the opportunity to try the Watea 98's - so I can't really offer a comparison.  I too, wonder how the 98's compare.

 

As far as the tails on the 94 are concerned, their shape really seems to help you finish a carved turn, and with the slight hollow in the middle of the tails, that helps them sink a little in the powder to keep tips up.

 

From what I've heard, the 98's are a little more pow oriented, but can be used all-mountain, where the 94's supposedly fall more in the middle of all-mountain.  Sounds like the 94's are designed to be a bit more versatile, but certainly no slouch in pow. 

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I have owned a 94 and skied both. In soft snow conditions, the 98 wins over the 94 on every count. When harder conditions are concerned, the 94 is somewhat better although not dramatically so.

 

SJ

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I currently own a 94 as my skinny ski, I ski them about 50% of the time or so, and have skied the 98 at a demo day.  I agree with SierraJim's assesment.  I'm toying with the idea of replacing my 94 with 98's because I don't put much premium on hard snow performance.  The 98's still did very well I thought on soft groomers, they just wouldn't do as well on east coast hardpack.

 

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western skiing the 94 would accel but the 98 will be quicker in the east, especailly when skiing soft snow because most of it is always in hte woods.

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Thanks for all of the replies. I'm thinking the 98 might be more what I'm looking for, but now what length? I'm about 5'8, 180lbs. 172s are the longest skis I've ever used, but I'm thinking the 176 because of the rockered tips. Would the 166 would be significantly more nimble in the east coast trees?

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Thanks for all of the replies. I'm thinking the 98 might be more what I'm looking for, but now what length? I'm about 5'8, 180lbs. 172s are the longest skis I've ever used, but I'm thinking the 176 because of the rockered tips. Would the 166 would be significantly more nimble in the east coast trees?



in skied out trees yes the 166 would be quicker but borderline unstable I wouldnt get it. The 176 will be more nimble if there is any new snow or soft snow though as float = how fast you can turn.

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I'm 5'7'' 178lbs, skiing on 170cm Watea 94 as my daily driver. Great ski for our snow and behaves very well on groomed. Trees and bumps are fun and busting through the skied out soft snow and crud like a champ. I used my AC3s only couple of times this season when snow was pretty hard in January. 

 

178 probably will be good choice for 98. Look dawgcatching's reviews up, he had lots of fun on Watea 98 and wrote some nice review.

 

Vlad

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