The KOA 88, with an 88 mm waist, is designed to be comfortable on and off the groomers. Fischer's Freeski Rocker adds a crud-busting long rockered tip coupled with a rockered tail that releases quickly out of the turn. "The softer the snow, the better they hold," noted Alder. Sandwich sidewall construction, a poplar wood core and a layer of carbon fiber helps keep weight down without loosing liveliness. "Good stability everywhere," said Koehn. "It's for skiers who like a soft tip and damp feel underfoot."