Fischer's All-Mountain twintip is designed to offer control in all conditions. Testers said it shines in mixed snow: "The crud became smooth!" said Alder. "Could even conquer Sierra Cement," commented Sutton. Fischer's Freeski Rocker contributes to the KOA 98's crud-taming talent. A long rockered tip provides flotation and easy turn initiation, coupled with a rockered tail that releases quickly out of the turn. Sandwich sidewall construction, a poplar wood core and a layer of carbon fiber helps keep weight down without loosing liveliness. "It's light enough to ski hard all day," said Sutton.