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Fischer Watea 106 (2014)

Watea 106



Official Selection



Stability At Speed: 
3.10 / 5
3.00 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.76 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.21 / 5
2.97 / 5
2.42 / 5
3.23 / 5
2.73 / 5
2.91 / 5





LENGTHS174, 182, 190

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Nimble for its width and weight, the Watea 106 has excellent everyday dimensions for the typical Western charger. Tipped to a high angle on groomed snow, it makes smooth, long-radius turns. One tester called it “mellow and forgiving—a great end-of-day ski” for when tired legs want predictability. It has a carvy, GS-like sidecut on a relatively wide, rockered platform that rolls easily over rough terrain. “I would buy this and ski it every day in the Rockies,” another tester said.

Skiing's Notes:
With its 106-mm waist width, the 106 is the widest of the Wateas and thus the most suitable to soft-snow and powder applications for expert skiers. Its Air Carbon construction features fiberglass/carbon laminates reinforcing its wood core for lightweight power and responsiveness. Fischer's Freeski collection splits into two groups: the surfy, twin-tipped powder specialists of the Big Stix collection (waist widths: 100, 110 and 122 mm) and the flat-tailed "sidecountry"/all-mountain generalists of the Watea collection (84 to 106 mm). The Wateas are built for edgy, directional performance and hard-snow versatility, with moderate tip rocker (2 to 5 mm, more in the wider models, less in the narrower ones) for soft-snow flotation and terrain-smoothing shock absorption. Narrower models (84 and 88) have full camber underfoot for maximum rebound energy; wider models have low camber height underfoot for a looser feel. The 96 and 106 are also built with greater torsional rigidity (ie, they're less prone to twisting when loaded and arcing). The tails of all Wateas (the name means "free" in the Maori language) are notched for secure attachment of climbing skins. All Wateas 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.) All models are metal free, for light weight and lively performance, and all are sold flat (no binding). Fischer now offers two AT binding options appropriate for use with the Wateas - the sturdy Adrenaline (16 or 13 DIN), and the lightweight Ambition (12 DIN), both developed by Tyrolia and licensed to Fischer. Climbing skins are also offered. 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.