Fischer Koa 110 (2014)
With high scores in Stability at Speed and Crud Performance, the KOA 110 has the confidence to take on challenging terrain and snow conditions without demanding too much of its operator. The big, rockered tip absorbs chatter and initiates effortlessly off-piste. On groomed, it preferred long, fast, flowy turns that “might get you in trouble with patrol,” according to one tester. And the KOA isn’t a high-maintenance show pony for special conditions only, but more of a dependable workhorse for powder days and the several days after.
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|
|Lengths||156, 166, 176|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.66 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.97 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.99 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.54 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.17 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.66 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.69 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.29 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.23 / 5|