Originally Posted by hobbes429
For those who have experience with the Watea 84's, can you recommend a size for me? I am 5'10", 172lbs and would probably label myself as an advanced skier. The Fischer website does not even take weight into consideration and it recommended a 184 cm length, which I do not believe. If I was going to err slightly, I would usually err on the side of shorter.
I did a review awhile back of both the 176 and 184. I am 5 foot 9, 155lbs, so a bit smaller than you, but not much. The 184 was MUCH too big. I was solidly on the 176cm length, no question, as the 184 felt like an oil tanker compared to the nimble and playful 176cm. I think it has been noted elsewhere, but the Fischer website size indicator is crap. I think it gave me 4 size options for the Cold Heat, where in reality, only 2 made any sense at all.
You want to ski the Wateas at somewhere around head-height, or a bit shorter if you are in between,and maybe a smidge longer if you are looking at the Watea 94. Since you are around 177/178cm, the 176cm makes the most sense.