Fischer Koa 110 (2013/2014) ReviewOctober 1, 2013
- Versatile width for all-mountain terrain
- Wide and rockered shape for deep powder snow
- Camber underfoot makes it surprisingly nimble on hardpack
- Not too overbearing for rising intermediates
- Rockered tip chatters a bit at high speeds
- Could use a little more width for the deepest of powder days
Fischer’s Koa 110 was made for slashing deep snow and crud on steep, varied terrain, but it’s not so fat that it can’t turn on a dime in the trees or on groomers. This ski was an instant favorite amongst hard-charging female testers for its versatility and durability. It was stiff, but not overbearing and its mid-fat width makes it a good option for advanced to expert skiers who don’t have the budget for two pairs of skis. In short, it’s a great option for women who explore the whole mountain but still want to be able to rip groomers down to the lodge.
This is a 110-millimeter-underfoot women’s big-mountain ski, newly designed for fall 2013. It’s got rocker in the tip and tail for charging through powder and camber underfoot for rallying on groomers. It’s a true one-ski quiver for advanced to expert women skiers.
For a ski as wide as this, you wouldn’t expect it to be that much fun on groomers. But it surprised testers, being nimble and quick on GS turns and shockingly turny for such a fat board. It’s got the character of an all-mountain ski but the shape and width of a powder ski. High intermediate to advanced women will find its flex forgiving enough to grow into, while experts will find the Koa 110 more than burly enough.
Anything skinnier than 110 millimeters in the waist and the ski could be a submarine in powder, but the Koa 110 is the magic width for staying on the surface in fluffy snow. Plus, the generously rockered tip and tail give it a playful, fun feeling and let you charge through mixed snow and crud with ease.
Again, it’s that magic 110 width: Wide enough for powder, but not so fat it can’t shred high-speed turns on groomers. Full-on groomer day? You may want a skinnier ski. But for playing everywhere on the mountain and in mixed snow conditions, this is your dream ride.
It comes in lengths of 156, 166, and 176 centimeters. Intermediate to advanced skiers, go for the shorter length. Big-mountain rippers, the 176 should suit you just fine.