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    Elan 888 vs Fischer Watea 94 vs Volkl Mantra

    Please discuss . . .

    Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.

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    ERJ-145CA's Avatar
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    I've got Watea 78s and they are great but that's not really relevant here except for the "watea" part.
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    From what I've read, doesn't seem like you can go wrong here. The guy at the shop I'm going to be buying Watea 94s from has the 888s and loves them as a great all mountain ski that will float. Watea has a softer flex and is light weight, riverc0il and ECPH swear by them, as well as everyone else whose review I've read. I think there's a review on Epic that compares at least the 888s and Wateas.

    My guess is that each is a good choice depending on intended use. Mine is for powder, powder trees, and powder bumps. Really don't care about edge hold (though the Watea is supposed to be decent,) but want soft flex, low weight, and float. Watea seems to hit that stuff pretty good. 888 sounds to be a little stiffer, meaning better edge hold, but I'd guess not quite as good in powder (but still good.)
    2009-2010:
    Killington: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/22, 12/23, 1/1, 1/2, 1/9, 1/10, 1/23, 1/24 (15)

    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
    EH XC: 12/21 (1)
    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERJ-145CA View Post
    I've got Watea 78s and they are great but that's not really relevant here except for the "watea" part.
    Yup, too skinny. The waist width I'm interested in keeps getting bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mondeo View Post
    The guy at the shop I'm going to be buying Watea 94s from has the 888s and loves them as a great all mountain ski that will float.
    FYI Tramdock just had the 94 Wateas for $430.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    FYI Tramdock just had the 94 Wateas for $430.
    Saw that, shop has 'em for $465, no shipping, and I try to give local places business. Great service at the shop too.
    2009-2010:
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    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
    EH XC: 12/21 (1)
    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

    Total: 44

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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    Yup, too skinny. The waist width I'm interested in keeps getting bigger.
    i was shopping for 90 - 95 underfoot. i ended up with 105.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassi21 View Post
    i was shopping for 90 - 95 underfoot. i ended up with 105.
    lol, yea I started in the low 80's so 88-96 is about right for a jump.
    Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    Yup, too skinny. The waist width I'm interested in keeps getting bigger.
    That noise you all just heard was the collective sigh of relief from the single women in Central MA as they reach for another mid-afternoon snack cookie.

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    888 is a little beefier, two sheets of metal...narrower, 88/90 waist dep on size, and heavier. According to the posted specs on both skis, they've got the same turning radius in 178 and 186 lengths...but the soter flex on the watea is easier to bend and vary the turn shape...I've skied on both and the 888 feels like it has less sidecut. IMHO the watea is more versatile...and I typically prefer skis with two sheets of metal...but there's something about the watea construction that gives me the edge grip I want without the weight of the two sheets of titanal. I used to love the Mantra...then found the watea...holds just as well and is more playfull.

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