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Watea 84 or 88 or something else?

post #1 of 11
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I sold my mid 80mm skis at the beginning of the season and have decided I miss them. Currently I jump from 70mm to 108mm

 

There are some good deals on the Wateas out there. I've demoed the old 84 a few years ago and really liked them as well as owning a 94 that was a good ski. I have not tried any of them with the new rocker. Any thoughts, personal experiences with them and is there much of a difference between the 84 and the 88?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11
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No love for the Watea's?

post #3 of 11

IIRC the stiffness increases with width length in Watea series, so 88 would be a bit more ski than the 84. 
 

Another thought, have you looked at the Fischer "Motive" series?  I've been very happy with Fischer midfats in various incarnations (Big Stix, T-Stix) and was looking for another last year, but never got a chance to demo Wateas.  They were on the short list but I passed for a couple of reasons, the least frivolous of which is that I have a soft snow ski in the mid90's and wanted something more hardpack friendly for my 80's ski.  The Motive series seems aimed at this niche, so I looked at those too and ended up with a Fischer Motive 88.  It's been this winter's "daily driver" for east coast skiing and if it ever came down to a one-ski quiver (god forbid), this would be it.  My only real gripe is that the rockered or early rise tip or whatever they call it flops around a bit at speed but it feels physically stable, it's just a little unnerving at first.  The Motive 88 was a 2012 model that I think is no longer in production - but the Motive 86 is out there and I've also seen a Motive 84.

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Also it sounds like you're already tuned into deals but in case you haven't seen this: http://www.the-house.com/skis-fischer.html

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I think I'm leaning more soft snow than the Motives. I have a pair of Progressors for when it's a pure groomer day. The Watea 84 I remember having pretty good edge grip so I'm wondering if the rocker has changed that much. And is the 88 just slightly wider or is there big difference in stiffness?

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Also it sounds like you're already tuned into deals but in case you haven't seen this: http://www.the-house.com/skis-fischer.html


Thanks, that's a better price on the 84 (but last year vs this seasons), but not on the 88 I've seen.

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Thanks, that's a better price on the 84 (but last year vs this seasons), but not on the 88 I've seen.

Actually that extra 20% really puts them in you can't lose territory. Now just 84 or 88 ...

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Actually that extra 20% really puts them in you can't lose territory. Now just 84 or 88 ...

 

No real clue on that one ....

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No real clue on that one ....


Sorry, the site you linked to gives you an extra 20% when you put it in the cart. It brought the 84s to less than $225 so I went ahead and grabbed a pair. For that price you can't really lose.

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Sorry, the site you linked to gives you an extra 20% when you put it in the cart. It brought the 84s to less than $225 so I went ahead and grabbed a pair. For that price you can't really lose.

 

Righto.  Enjoy.

post #11 of 11

I demoed the 88 in a 176 back in January and loved them.  I'm not very good at describing and comparing skis, but I will say that they felt very light and nimble and I loved them.  There was ~ 4" of powder the day of the demo  I have an ancient pair of RX8s that I will likely replace with a set of these.  I also have a pair of the older Gotamas for big snow days.

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