A ladies' ski that doesn't feel like one.
It's no longer novel to see a women's ski that's designed specifically for women, not just a shrunken men's ski, but ladies' skis still keep getting better every year. Need proof? Feast your pow-starved eyes on the Fischer Ranger 98 Women's Skis, a hyper-versatile pair of magic shoes that'll take you wherever you need to go, from perfect corduroy, to dreamy storm riding, to bluebird bowls.
The 98 shares a lot of characteristics with the men's ski of the same name, but a few key differences set it apart. Most importantly, it ditches the stiffer beech wood found in the men's ski in favor of poplar, which is easier flexing and serves up a smoother, slightly more forgiving ride, perfect for lighter skiers. Fischer also designed the 98 to be mounted slightly more forward (it calls the new design BMP, which just stands for binding mounting point), which makes it easier to keep your weight forward, engage turns, and wiggle through tight trees and bumps.
Those two innovations don't sound like much, but they make the 98 ski much differently than its male cousin—it's strong and hungry for a challenge but doesn't require quite as much strength to live up to its potential. The rest of the features are shared throughout the Ranger family, like the poplar core, which is milled with Fischer's Air Tec Ti process to remove nearly half material to decrease weight without sacrificing strength or changing flex characteristics. The Air Carbon layup keeps things firm without being overly stiff, and the Aeroshape technology concentrates the mass in the center of the ski, which prevents a squirrely feel when you're edging. Last but not least, the 98 is built with Fischer's Freeride rocker, which helps you float over rough snow and keeps the ski nimble so you can zip through tight spots like it's no big thing.
- Poplar wood core with Air Tec Ti milling
- Freeski rocker (rockered tip and gently raised tail)
- Sandwich sidewall construction
- Air Carbon laminate
- Aeroshape technology
- Carbon tip
- Women's BMP mounting point
- Sintered base
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- Q & A
Lexi ripping at Alta
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
In 100% honesty I did not expect to love this ski.
I always have this idea in my head that Fischer skis are stiff, speedy and all business, thanks to their years and years spent catering to the racing industry.
This Ranger took me by storm. I first tried it at a demo at Snowbasin last February and loved it so much I spend 1/2 of day two on it, and checked it out again at another demo later in the season. I found a pair to borrow and logged about 10 days in total on them. They were surprisingly slarvy and buttery smooth, again I did not expect that of this ski at all. They were playful and fun, yet rock solid at speed, which is a difficult combo for me to find.
The lack of traditional sidewalls on these skis really cut down the swing weight, so for someone small like me, this makes a noticeable difference. I had no issue with turn initiation on the 172cm length.
I was so surprised how surfy this ski felt. I didn't get to try it in any deep powder conditions because our winter was so dry last season, but in ankle deep snow I was still happy. I found them more playful than the DPS Ninas but they were actually quite sluggish to turn at slower speeds. The rocker in the tip will most likely keep you surfing in deeper pow, but I didn't get to try them in anything topping 5".
For me this was perfect, because I love speed. The racing heritage of Fischer really shines as I felt confident in chunder and choppy stuff. This ski is more business up front, and slarvy party in the back - everyone's invited.
I'm loving how light they are on my feet. I would peg this ski for someone who wants to spend time in the resort and possibly a bit of backcountry, because it is so light. The Ranger was fun to carve and shone in soft or variable conditions. I thought this ski was nimble, stable and fun. I can't wait to log more days!