Me: Male, 47 yoa, level 8 skier, 6 feet and 170 pounds.
Boots: Salomon X-Wave 10 with 325 mm sole length (size 28.5).
Ski: 2009 Fischer Watea 94 in 178 cm length. Bindings mounted at manufacturer's mark, which for my boot sole length put me very close to my BOF measurement.
Went to Mt. Sunapee in NH yesterday and used my new Fischer Wateas. I decided to pick up a pair to enable me to have a two-ski quiver. My other skis are 78mm underfoot, so I was looking for a much fatter ski.
The conditons were Eastern spring. It was very firm in the morning and got softer during the day and then firmer again as it clouded up and got colder. There was spring "crud" on areas of the mountain to a depth of around 6-8 inches. Some random piles were probably 12 inches os so. There were still some hard and icy spots in the shade all day long. Temps were around 42 degrees on the mountain at the warmest point.
My overall impression of these skis is, in one word, "Wow!"
The Fishers are light, smooth and stable. They held an edge even on the very firm hardpack and areas of ice. Granted, these are not slalom skis with cracked steel edges but they held on the very hard stuff/ice much better than I expected.
Speedwise, they were pretty impressive. They could really get going and at my weight, they felt very stable at speed. These skis seem to want a balanced or forward stance though. Get in the rear and they take off. I would say they have a smaller "sweet-spot" than other skis I have been on so the skier needs to stay balanced. The other thing about these skis is that they are fairly damp. They really soak up small chatter and hits but not to the point of being dull.
As for crud, these skis were a lot of fun to run. They did not get knocked around or deflected in the heavy 6-8 inches of crud they went through or the bigger piles.
Moguls were the skis only weaker point and to be honest, moguls are my weak point on any ski. However, the extra width did slow me down but again, they were doable. These skis are fun in the soft spring like afternoon moguls I found but a handful in the harder and icier moguls that were on the mountain in the am.
Finally, although short turns were more work than my other skis, I was surprised at the versatility of these skis. They can make short, medium and long radius turns but they do prefer medium and long turns. To be clear though, I could rip a lot of fall line short turns but it was a little more work than my other narrower skis. I did not ski the glades so I'm not sure how they would do in amongst tight trees.
After one day on the Watea 94s I am seriously considering going with them as my primary go-to ski. We'll see how they perform as the season goes on, but for now I'm very impressed.