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2011 Wateas

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Ski Depot is showing the 2011 Fischer Watea lineup as adding a 98 twin tip but otherwise (other than graphics) looking the same (other than graphics) as '10 (78, 84, 94, 101 and twin tip 114).  Does anyone know anything more about this lineup and in particular whether the returning skis remain the same, and also whether the 98 is a traditional camber ski or has been tweaked at all?
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Watea 78, 84, 94, all the same except for graphics
Watea 98, early rise tip and tail - twin tip, normal camber under foot (not 100% sure though)
Watea 101, 114, early rise tip only
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I dug a little bit more and found this French writeup of the '11 Fischers and it looks like the new Watea 98 may have just a raised tip but not a raised tail:

http://www.skieur.com/News/4207-nouveautes-skis-fischer-2011.html

"Autre nouveauté, le Watea 98 BC, un nouveau double spatule vient enricher la gamme dédiée au free, avec une nouvelle construction et un rocker avant."

Has anyone seen/skied on this yet?
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Jumping in here on the 2011 Wateas I picked up off STP for less than $400 due to my discount.  192 in length, mounted new Look Pivot 14 bindings on them.  I'm 6'3" and 205.  Hit Snow Basin here in Utah on a 22" pow day and I had grin from ear to ear on all runs, pow, crud, groomers.  I couldn't believe how light these skiis were with the Look bindings.  Made my old Legends seem pregnant.  If you chance upon these skiis for less than 4 or 5 hundred I'd say they were a deal to be had.  I was very happy with their performance.  Spent a couple days on Rossi S7's but could never find them for a deal.  I think these skiis behaved better than they did for all conditions and no tip chatter!  Can't wait for some more deep and steep.  Highly recommended.  The podwer hull looks funny but in the crud I think it truly helped.

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Jumping in here on the 2011 Wateas I picked up off STP for less than $400 due to my discount.  192 in length, mounted new Look Pivot 14 bindings on them.  I'm 6'3" and 205.  Hit Snow Basin here in Utah on a 22" pow day and I had grin from ear to ear on all runs, pow, crud, groomers.  I couldn't believe how light these skiis were with the Look bindings.  Made my Legends seem pregnant.  If you chance upon these skiis for less than 4 or 5 hundred I'd say they were a deal to be had.  I was very happy with their performance.  Spent a couple days on Rossi S7's but could never find them for a deal.  I think these skiis behaved better than they did for all conditions and no tip chatter!  Can't wait for some more deep and steep.  Highly recommended.  The podwer hull looks funny but in the crud I think it truly helped.


The Watea 98 is a sick ski.  I don't know why it doesn't get more love.  It is as good as any 98mm ski on the market, especially in bumps, tight spaces, and chunky snow.  Great for lighter skiers.  I guess Fischer just isn't a sexy name these days, but their skis are excellent. 

 

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I had a pair of 2010 Watea 101 in 192cm, great powder ski, crazy light with barons for BC skiing.  I don't see many Fischer ski's on the  mountains, mostly just their carving skis. 

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Dawg, I read your review of the Watea 98 (Killer 98's).  Actually I've read the review several times.  What is the difference between the 98 and the 101?  I mean difference in performance, I realize the 98 has the twin tip with a little tail rise and I think the 101 has the swallow tail. Does the 101 offer more float in deep snow?

 

I'm 5'-10, 140 lbs, age 49, learned to ski on my old skinny skis (last pair was 1979 Dynastar, 190cm).  Came back to skiing a couple years ago.  Back to being advanced/expert (maybe level 8?) love the bumps, ski most terrain.   Like to ski aggressively but half the time I'm with my girlfriend who's more of an intermediate/groomer only skier, so I'm modeling good technique and coaching her on nice smooth carving turns.

 

I have a 2009 K2 Apache Outlaw as my one ski quiver so far, 92 wide under foot, twin tip but not rockered.  They're damp and heavy and actually pretty versatile, actually great on hard snow for a mid fat but not as quick as I'd like for bumps.  I did demo a Watea 94 and loved how light and quick it was, and seemed to work through crud pretty well for a 94.  (That said, so do my Outaws).  I'm not sure if my Outlaws are adequate for deep snow days, yeah I can make it work but want something better and more fun.  I don't think I need a wide wide wide fat powder ski since I'm pretty light. 

 

Thoughts?  Recommendations?   I figure I'll also eventually add a good frontside carver.

 

BTW I'm stopping at Bachelor for a couple of days on my way to the Gathering in Tahoe, hope to see you there.

 
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