Originally Posted by vaportrail
He's about skill level 7 and likes challenging black/dbl. black piste/off piste terrain. thanks
I have a 08/09 Watea 101 and weigh 230#. I found with the 101 does not ski that short. It feels stiff under foot until you really lean on it than the 101 will bend into short turns. It feels like the opposite of progressive flex. It suddenly gives into a deep flex.
Also on the float, the 101 gives me much more float than a 191 94mm waist Mantra. Makes me think the Watea 94 would be a little small for your friend.
That said, I don't think I would recommend Watea 101. For a heavier guy, there are better deep snow skis and for crud I think a stiffer ski (and maybe shorter) would be better for a heavier skier.
So, is this more a crud ski/day after powder day or a powder ski?
If crud or day after, go the stiffer route. A waist of 100mm +/-5mm seems good. I demoed a 183 Bro Stiff last year that I really liked. Dynastar Legend Pro would be worth a demo, also. Plus, this year I'm loving a 89mm waist Stockli as my all-mtn crud buster.
If Powder, I would good wider(110+) and stay with a relativity soft ski. The softer skis will be easier to handle in the powder. The trade off being on harder groomers or heavier crud.
How much is he going have to ski in bumps with this ski? W
BTW: I have had some really fun days on my 101. I use it on shallow powder days and the day after. But, I did find the 101 to be a little more work in some tight trees than I expected.