Fischer Watea 114 - anyone try yet??
Can't help you, but the entire 2010 freeride line is shown here:
The graphics are different than the early-season demos I have seen. I wonder if these are the final production graphics??
I skied the 114 (and the 101) at the Mammoth dealer intro in typical western conditions IE; shin deep windblown pow/crud in the off trail and wintry groomers. I haven't posted a review because there was not that much to say. They are just big Wateas. I don't mean this as a negative. In fact IMO, a Watea is a very positive thing to be. I think that save for a few Gnar shredderz, the Watea series is a great fit for an enormous number of skiers.
Of the two, the 101 was my fave at Mammoth and is a welcome addition in the ~~ 100mm range. The 101 is somewhat stiffer than the 114 and punched the soft slabby snow comfortably. Out on the groomers....it's a bigger 94. (again, a good thing) As most would expect, the 114 was just big, comfortable and easygoing but wider than necessary for the conditions. I think the 114 would have been more at home on "Big Wednesday" when I did the head to head with the Huge Trouble and the Rossi S7. The 114 is not like the Katana at all and is a bit softer in front than the HT. In general a nice, big, soft and easy ski.
I think it's possible to overthink and microanalyze skis that are roughly similar. I think Fischer has done very well in not fixing something that wasn't broken.
As an aside, the web pictures linked above state the 114 is a metal layup but I think this might be a mistake. This is pretty soft for a metal ski and pretty light for as big as it is. Also the dealer catalog doesn't mention metal nor did the rep and sales manager when they came by the store to give us a preview before the Vegas show.
Tip shares the boat hull. Tail is more twinnish without the sorta squared off look of the 101 but IIRC still has the "tunnel" The 114 has a lowish conventional camber. The Fischer guys seem to have a rather Teutonic view of the rocker deal.
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good analysis, Jim.
i just did a 3rd day follow up on my 101 as well in that thread.
Watea is a GREAT thing.
I may just have to own only wateas, or everything different...
i was even thinking an 84 w/ a race tune, maybe 1 and 3 would be my skinny ski to keep all the sensations the same...
but then, I have lots of baggage, as you know all too well.. ;).