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  1. #61
    Quote Originally Posted by skifastr View Post
    I skied primarily on my 94 Watea's this season and absolutely love them. I think they do everything well - powder, chowder, crud, groomers, pretty manageable in the bumps too. That said all my previous skis have been 74 (Dynastar 4800's) or narrower underfoot and I never demo'd I just bought the Watea's on a whim a year ago, so maybe I'd raving about any ski in this class...



    Mine are the 07-08 season w/ different graphic but same ski otherwise.
    What size do you have?
    Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    What size do you have?
    178. Oh yeah, and glades & trees too - they rock. Im always amazed how light and tossable they are. I have Marker Griffins mounted on them. It's probably worth mentioning that I weigh close to 200 and still tend to drive the ski more than ride it (a product of the 80's baby! so theoretically maybe Im on too little ski which obviously could yield "tossability", but on the other hand I've never felt like the ski was close to wimping out on me, whether charging a groomer or any flavor of crud.
    The only negative I can say about the ski is that the top surface layer, whatever it's called, is sort of fraying and peeling off near the tips of the skis. I haven't decided yet whether I think it's normal wear & tear or defect.

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    I've got 70 days on my 78's and I love them, so much so that I'm thinking of getting another pair after this next season, I think I'll go for the 174's instead of my current 167's. They've never let me down yet. Also the wood area above the name near the tail of the ski is actually clear plastic so you see the real wood core. Now I believe it is a picture of wood printed on the top sheet.

    BTW the board is my wife's and my kid's skis are seasonal leases so he doesn't have those anymore.
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  4. #64
    Really put the 94s to the test today. Let just say that I'm extremely happy with them.
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    I'm still waiting for my first powder day with them. First full day on them was Saturday, a lot of tree skiing. Novice tree skier who's skied bump skis exclusively for the last 10 years + first full day on new fat skis in trees = bad idea. Got a bit better in the bumps with them though, just need to break the stance a little and they're ok in powder bumps. Think I might need something around 80 under foot for a tree ski.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    Really put the 94s to the test today. Let just say that I'm extremely happy with them.
    What kind of conditions did you ski them in?
    Brian

  7. #67
    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    What kind of conditions did you ski them in?
    Insane powder @ Cannon: http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php?t=69668

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  8. #68
    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    What kind of conditions did you ski them in?
    Yes, powder, powder bumps, wind scoured hardpack. It might be because I have the 186's but they are not super quick in the bumps, you have to work a little to swing them around in some cases, but definitely manageable. Absolutely awesome in the chopped up powder, great in the deep stuff too. In the deeper areas I found that they don't hit bottom or rise to the top. Just kind of cruised around in the middle which was nice. Held a nice edge on the few places where the wind had blown the snow off.

    I got used to the "bumps" just being big 3' -4' piles of snow that you could plow right through that when I finally hit a real bump I double ejected and did a nice forward flip.
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  9. #69
    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    I got used to the "bumps" just being big 3' -4' piles of snow that you could plow right through that when I finally hit a real bump I double ejected and did a nice forward flip.
    Ha! I did that with my 84s yesterday! Mine was a combo though... first real bump sent me in the air, came down about 1/3 way up the second real bump, double eject, chest slide about 100ft... Knocked the wind out of me a bit, but didn't hurt myself... It was kind of fun, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    Yes, powder, powder bumps, wind scoured hardpack. It might be because I have the 186's but they are not super quick in the bumps, you have to work a little to swing them around in some cases, but definitely manageable. Absolutely awesome in the chopped up powder, great in the deep stuff too. In the deeper areas I found that they don't hit bottom or rise to the top. Just kind of cruised around in the middle which was nice. Held a nice edge on the few places where the wind had blown the snow off.

    I got used to the "bumps" just being big 3' -4' piles of snow that you could plow right through that when I finally hit a real bump I double ejected and did a nice forward flip.
    Awesome, can't wait to try mine out in similar conditions! I have the 186's too.
    Brian

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