Ski: 2013-2014 Fischer Watea 106, 190cm
Dimensions (mm): 138-106-124
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 189.23 cm
BLISTER’s Measured Weight Per Ski: 2,222 grams & 2,238 grams
Sidecut Radius: 26 meters
Test Location: Las Leñas Ski Resort
Days Skied: 5
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Watea 106, which is unchanged for 13/14, except for the graphics.]
In July, I got a phone call from Will Brown about the skis we were taking to Las Leñas. We quickly ran through the list of skis, and when he arrived at the Fischer Watea 106, I hesitated.
I hadn’t heard much about Fischer skis for the past few years other than the experimental tip and tail shapes that they had tried on the recent, wider Wateas.
When we got to Mendoza on the first leg of our trip and started pulling skis out of bags, I was pleased with what I saw. The Watea 106 looks beefy and feels substantial when hand flexed. From the thick vertical sidewalls to the classic tip shape and fully cambered tail, the Watea 106 screams, “traditional.”
In short, this looks like a real ski, made with a nod to the Fischer race room and a more old-school, directional, fall-line-style of skiing.
The Fischer Watea 106 could be viewed as a modern take on a specific class of skis, for a very particular type of skier. These are stiffer skis, with positive camber through the tails that are not playful or particularly easy to ski. They are for skiing hard and fast, period. The former Dynastar Legend Pro XXL and the Kastle MX108 are some other skis in this class.
(For the sake of comparison, throughout this review I will making a number of references to the Atomic Ritual, which I skied in Las Leñas immediately before getting on the Watea. The Ritual is a ski certainly shares some similarities with the Watea 106, but it is ultimately for a different sort of skier.)
Watea 106: Design Component
The flex of the 106 is on the stiffer side, with an even flex from the front contact point through the tail. The rocker profile is subtle with a modest splay in the tip and a rocker line that is about 35 centimeters deep.
The tips are traditionally shaped with the widest point about 10 centimeters down the ski. The tails are flat with the camber extending almost all the way to the end, but the very end of the tail is turned up about a half centimeter, and the corners are slightly rounded.
If you’re into camber, the 106 has a ton of it—more positive camber than any other ski we brought to Las Leñas. While standing in the lift line, I noticed that when I weighted and unweighted the ski over a depression in the snow, I actually felt the camber rebound. This is a feeling I have not experienced in a long time, and speaks to the more traditional, cambered feel of this ski.
This Watea 106 can, and in many cases must, be skied aggressively in all sorts of conditions, from light, shallow pow, to chalky hardpack chutes and variable crud and groomers. You do not have to be an all-out, FWT beast to ski it, just be sure to you bring your A game.
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