Let me open by saying that there is no doubt that I was skeptical about riding on Fischer twins when the opportunity first came up, as any East coast park skier might be. They are a relatively new company to the freestyle game, so it was hard for me to take the chance of riding a ski that I might not be completely satisfied with. We all know that being happy with your skis is extremely important.
I have now been riding the Fischer Kehua for just over a month, and I can say in all honesty that I have never owned a twin that I have enjoyed riding more than this.
The ski has the dimensions of 127 - 92 Ė 115, and comes in 177cm, so it is made as an all mountain/backcountry ski. I personally ski mountains in Quebec like Tremblant and Avila, so they have spent the greatest amount of time on snow in the park. I had mine mounted at around +4-5cm from the recommended mount.
These skis are soft. This is both a blessing and a hindrance. The tips are absolutely perfect nollies and nosebutters, I have found, and make the ski a whole lot of fun to play around on. While this is a highlight of the ski, I have a couple of times felt the tips wash out when landing switch off rails as well as jumps, and have felt some chatter at high speeds on groomers. The tails, on the other hand, are sufficiently stiff to give a solid platform when landing backseat on jumps and otherwise, but still have a bunch of give to play around on. Although I do enjoy the softness of the tips, if I could change one thing about these skis, it would be to stiffen them up somewhat.
The skis have plenty of sidecut to turn quickly enough on groomers, as well as make big broad carves. Other than a chatter from the tips here and there, I have experienced next to flawless carves on groomers. This is where Fischerís history in racing comes in to play, and gives awesome results.
I have only been able to ski the Kehua in minimal amounts of powder given my geographical placement, but I can tell you that I enjoyed what I felt (note: the next widest ski that I have skied in powder is a Trouble Maker, so the Kehua with the 92 waist felt like a water-ski).
Lastly, I will note that with almost a month and a half of hard East coast park riding, the skis have no edge cracks, no core shots, no delam, and little topsheet chipping. This is something that is very important to me, and is something that I am very pleased to announce.
Fischerís skis run somewhat higher in price than other twins on the market, but it definitely shows up in their performance. Because of their inexperience in making twins, they are often overlooked as an option, but I ask you to take another look. If you are looking for a soft mid-fat twin for all around the mountain, keep your mind open to these.