Awesome choice for an advancing mono (sit) skier. Soft enough to be forgiving, but a snappy tail to power through turns. Once you can ski this well, you should be able to step up to a firmer expert ski, but this is the one that will help get you there. In a half dozen days, my skiing has gotten much better. It handles everything well, from slush to frozen slush. I was surprised at the hardpack performance for a softer ski. Even once you move on, this will be a nice laid back ski in the quiver when you're skiing with other non-expert skiers. Handles great at lower speeds, and I have yet to find the speed limit, but have likely have had it up to 50 mph.
I really don't care what my skis look like, for all I care there could be Hello Kitties all over therm, however it's surprising how many have commented on the graphics.
Best Answer:The Watea is a great on-piste ski. The 176 cm ski is probably going to be the best one for your height. As far as width, I've skied both the 84 and 88, and the 84 is noticeably quicker and snappier in and out of turns, which is personally what I like; the 88 will be slower to initiate turns. If it were me, I would definitely go with the 84, and length is more of a personal preference, but at your height, the 176 is probably the better option. On a side note, if you are skiing more off-piste and deeper power, the Watea is NOT the ski to get; you should get a much wider ski.
We have 2 pairs of Watea's in our household... an 88 (176cm) and an 84 (184 cm I think). The Watea is a great combo ski in my opinion. I have skied it on short, groomed Midwest runs, and in deep powder out West. It's fairly easy-turning and if you tune it you can lay down tracks on groomers as well. If you aren't going to ski deep powder very often, and based on your size and skier type, I would recommend the 84mm (waist dimension) in a 176cm length. You will be very happy with this ski in most all conditions except an icy race course.
I have the 84 in a 184. I'm 5'9" 200+ expert skier. I'd go with a shorter length for you. 84 or 88 depends on what you want it for. 84 I think is a good all mountain ski that's pretty good on the groomers and crud. 88 will be a bit more soft snow oriented. If you are a Western skier the 88 is a the better choice.
Great skis. My suggestion for an intermediate would be skis that come up to your lips and not longer. I've only skied the 84's so can't comment on the other. I'm an aggressive expert so don't mind them longer. But up to your mouth in length, I tbink either will be a good choice
Best Answer:The model in the photo is a 2013 model. The models newer than this one are more expensive. I am not sure if they made any changes between the model years beside the top sheet graphics, but the 2013 model is a great ski that I highly recommend.
So I have skied for two years now and can make it down most any hill on the mountain. Even though I would still classify myself as a beginner/intermediate, would this ski be a good purchase for me or should I spend my money on boots before I buy any skis?
Best Answer:This ski would probably be a good choice for you, however, you will need boots as well regardless. Good fitting boots are most important. Go to a well recommended ski shop in your area for expert boot fitting and advise.