Fischer Koa 110 (2014)
On your last lap, when the powder has been digested into mounds of knee-wrenching crud, you'll want the Koa 110 beneath you. With a stiff, stable, stuck-to-the-snow feel, it bombs through anything - much to the consternation of Snowbird's speed controllers, who flagged a couple of Koa testers down. Fischer's classic sandwich-sidewall construction is as reassuring as it looks, inspiring confidence before you even click in. Its rockered tip and tail floats, but camber underfoot makes it a traditional charger. And the graphics? Testers' fave. Barnes: "This ripper kept asking me to go faster."
The Koa 110 is Fischer's widest women's ski. It's a big-mountain, freeride twin-tip with sufficient girth for flotation in deep snow, plus tip and tail rocker to further enhance its powder buoyancy. Low camber underfoot provides a measure of hard-snow carving performance. The Koa 110's wood core is reinforced with carbon-rich laminates to stiffen flex without adding much weight. Fischer's Koa collection of women's specific skis is a broad series comprising six models ranging in width from 110 down to 75. All models are rockered (narrower models in the tip only; wider ones in the tip and tail). All (except the value-priced, foam-core Koa 75) are wood-core, laminate constructions with full-length/height sidewalls. Wood is used for durability and responsiveness; full sidewalls for optimized edge grip and solidity underfoot. The sidewalls are angled - less edgy than vertical sidewalls and more resistant to damage caused by the opposite ski's edge. Fischer's women's skis get all-poplar wood cores, which are lighter and softer flexing.
Family-owned Fischer Skis is based in Reid, Austria, where all its skis (and many of those of other brands) are built. Fischer says its factory in Reid is the second largest manufacturer of skis in the world.
|Level||Intermediate, Advanced, Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||156, 166, 176|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.26 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.00 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||1.93 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.27 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.69 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.03 / 5|