With Fischer you always expect engineering innovation and although introduced last season and featuring a refreshed graphic for 2008/09 the Watea 101 provide an excellent balance of flex, weight and strength through the I-Beam construction.
Super-stable through the wood-iBeam core, the wood has two separate carbon fibre channels running through to lower weight yet provide more stability. On-snow the 101’s are still big skis with 134-101-124 dimensions so they aren’t built for “wall-flowers” but the ski remains agile and re-assuringly powerful through crud and chopped-up conditions on the steeps.
The tough sandwich construction is predictable, solid but not “dead”, the graphics fair and in general this is a great ski for the serious back-country skier looking for high-speed thrills, excellent levels of float and a powerful ally in the face of some tough conditions.
skireviews.co.uk rating: 90/100
Excellent, rock-solid “Team issue” freeride skis. Graphically a touch subdued and although they can pretty much do somewhat lack a desire to inspire.
The manufacturer says this about the Fischer Watea 101 Skis 2008/09:
For enthusiasts. The right Freeride ski for the toughest of rides, developed by the pro riders on the international Fischer Freeski Team. With I-Beam for all rides.
I-BEAM Construction –
The new I-Beam technology fulfils the two most important requirements that a freeride ski has to face – low weight and high stability. This is made possible by cutting grooves into the wood core for weight reduction, whereas the special-purpose carbon I-profiles ensure extremely high stability. The result is a ski that, thanks to its stable construction, makes light work of all off-piste challenges. Moreover the low ski weight guarantees optimum handling and perfect performance at all times, in all situations and conditions