Fischer Koa 88 (2014)
The Koa 88 has the solidity of a traditional wood core with full sidewalls, but because the sidewalls are angled, it's a less edgy, less precise option than, say, the Volkl, Blizzard, or Nordica. Lightweight poplar and a measure of tip rocker ease the ride further, making the Koa nimble, snappy, and buttery. Some testers felt it was a little too soft to be ridden hard, and most felt it was more suited to softer Western snow (it scored last among winners in Hard-Snow Integrity), but all in all, testers agreed it's a nice, stable ride. Barnes: "Super lively, super fun!"
The Koa 88 is the widest Fischer women's ski with a flat tail (rather than bi-directional twin-tip). With its 88 mm waist width, it's built for versatility in soft or on hardpack. The target skier is an expert woman who spends as much time off-trail as on. 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||152, 160, 168|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.26 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.54 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.66 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.25 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.66 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.70 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.25 / 5|