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Watea 94 - length?

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Thread Starter 
Hey -

Watea 94 - 178 or 186?

6'0", 175, 55 years old, very good skier, ski mostly in the east (Fischer RX8 at 170), ski out west 5-8 days a year, Have skied some midfats but this will be the first set of freeride skis I have owned.

When I go west - The Bird, Park City, The Canyons, Deer Valley, Vail, Whistler, Breck, Keystone, Steamboat. Cover the whole mountain and am getting much better in deep stuff.

Thoughts?

T
post #2 of 13
I skied it in a 178 and had a blast, I am 5'11 and 200.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Phil.
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I'm 5' 10", 170 lbs, 51 years old.. I just bought a pair in 178's and I was as unsure as you are as to length, I also ski an RX8 but in 165's..

In the end my decision was made easier by the fact I found a pair of 08 - 94's for about $300,

I feel comfortable with my choice of length.. But you're 2 inches taller than I am.. If you're comfortable on a longer ski, the 186 will probably be fine, if not, go with the 178..
post #5 of 13
Hammer,

If your in the market, I have a pair of 178's w/jesters 4 sale.. Look at the gear swap section.. Inteested? PM me and lets make a deal.. Skis are in excellent cond...
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Originally Posted by 1SDSKIER View Post
Hammer,

If your in the market, I have a pair of 178's w/jesters 4 sale.. Look at the gear swap section.. Inteested? PM me and lets make a deal.. Skis are in excellent cond...
That is indeed a great set up. .
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perfect .... buy now.....
post #8 of 13
I'm in the same boat here as to whether I should purchase the 178 or 186. 

Me: 23 years old, raced for years, around 140, and 5'11" 

My intent is to use these primarily for powder, as I already own ski's for the hard stuff. What's your take?
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Just came back from another day on my Watea 94s.  I've had them for almost a year, and every time I ski them I fall in love all over again. (They only thing I did not like about today was that it was not deep enough to be on my Watea 101s.)  The 94s have such a sweet flex and are so smooth, they almost disappear when I'm skiing.  They are great in on the groomers, bumps, and powder.  Not as solid as some beefier skis in the crud, but I can forgive them that.  The 94s are the same dimensions as Mantras, but much more user friendly.

As for length, I am 6'5" and 215 lbs. and ski the 186s.  I don't see any problem with guys up to 175 lbs. on the 178s.  The 130 mm tips give you plenty of float in the powder.  The tails do rise a bit, so you loose some effective length on the hardpack. 
post #10 of 13

I’m 5’11, 155 and ski the 186. They feel great to me, they’re a bit of a longer turner, the only place I thought a shorter length could be good is on some steeps like Silver fox, they can be a bit balky coming around quick, but once you get used to it and get your weight balance right, it’s not really a problem, and the extra length gives more stability charging through rougher snow. Probably depends a lot on how fast you like to ski.

 
 
post #11 of 13
Oh, if you are a very good skier look at something like 194 B-Squads (or the newer 198s), 194 XXL, 197 Katana, Titan Zeus. I guess anything else will just fail for you. 
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Originally Posted by ski-mgl View Post

I'm in the same boat here as to whether I should purchase the 178 or 186. 

Me: 23 years old, raced for years, around 140, and 5'11" 

My intent is to use these primarily for powder, as I already own ski's for the hard stuff. What's your take?

At 6'-0" & 160, I'm similar size to you and have skied the 178s for the last couple of years; they work well for 12-18" but there's better choices for deeper than that.  The 178 is quick and maneuverable making them a good choice for steeps and trees.  In heavy snow and chop they do get pushed around a bit at speed compared to beefier skis like the Mantra, but the more I ski them the better I like them.

 

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Anyone also skiing or familiar with the Watea 114? How does flex compare? nice sidecut / turn radius.
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