Ranger 108 Ti Ski
Fischer built the entire Ranger series on a poplar and beech core, which keeps weight to a minimum while helping endow the ski with a poppy and energetic nature that skips the skittish feel of many lightweight touring boards. A set of Air Carbon and Titanal laminates give the Ranger plenty of backbone, so you can charge like a wild mustang, and it's boosted by Fischer's Aeroshape construction, which concentrates material away from the edges and along the center of the ski, making it stiffer when you're edging hard and more resistant to torsional flex, which can make a ski feel sloppy and sketchy at speed.
In the good old days, adding stiffness was pretty much equivalent to adding weight, but times change—you don't need to lug around clunky 2x4s just to feel like you can push the speed limit without folding up your tips. Fischer milled the core with its proprietary Air Tec honeycomb design, cutting out plenty of material without giving up an ounce of stiffness, and made the tip out of carbon, which increases stiffness and cuts the chatter of the Freeride rocker at the same time, so you can float through blower and edge through wind-scoured alpine crud without feeling like saying a quick prayer before you drop it.
- Powder-loving freeride ski dominates pow in resort or backcountry
- 108mm waist is the widest Ranger available
- Freeski Rocker provides dreamy flotation
- Poplar and beech wood core is light and poppy
- Carbon and Titanal laminates increase power and rigidity
- Aeroshape design is lightweight and stable
- Carbon Nose cuts chatter at high speeds
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Fischer Rangers are a great all-arounder ski. I used these skis on a powder day up in Brighton, UT and they performed flawlessly. The skis have just the perfect amount of flex. They handled great in powdery conditions and on the groomers.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Tested the 182 length for a week here in UT at Solitude and Snowbird. 5'10 185. I am typically someone who enjoys skis on the "playful" side, skis I've enjoyed are the 4frnt Hoji, Armada AK JJ etc. Admittedly I have traditionally stayed away from skis with Titanal/metal layups because traditionally this has meant a weight penalty in the air or increased swing weight.
That said I was absolutely blown away by these skis. For such a stiff ski Fischer managed to shave the weight down to be comparable or lighter than many of the all wood core skis available right now. The shovel/tip is still a forgiving flex, and they maintained an even/round flex through the underfoot and tail--making an extremely powerful ski that you can drive through the firmest, ugliest snow with ease. You of course get the torsional stiffness that comes with a ski of this construction, so they are a joy to roll over on edge and rail through chunder and chop. Best with a stiffer boot (130 in my case) that can power the tips of these guys. I'm really annoyed because now I have to fork over the cash and add these to my quiver immediately!
Gave to a friend, have feedback to share
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My friend absolutely loves these skis and has them from previous seasons and in different widths. See his feedback below:
These skis are great! I bought them in the 182 length and am very happy. I also had last year's version and wanted to get an updated version. They ski well in choppy snow, and the stiff tip keeps you floating above it. They also turn quickly in trees. I use them whenever we have about 6 inches or more of new snow in Utah.
I also have the 102 underfoot, which I use as my everyday ski. Highly recommend these. Thinking about getting the wider version too, just to flesh out my quiver.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I tested these for a full day at Powder Mountain in Utah. Conditions included groomers, consolidated snow with 4-6" of fresh snow on top, wind scoured areas, and some deep untracked powder that was quite heavy due to temps near freezing. I am around 170lbs and was skiing the 182. This length felt just about perfect.
Overall I found these to be a great all mountain ski for the rocky mountains. They have a nice round feeling medium flex with a rockered tip on the softer side. They're stiff enough to handle high speeds and variable snow, but not so stiff that they're unmanageable in tight spaces and at slower speeds. They're also surprisingly damp for a reasonably light ski. They have excellent torsional rigidity and really rail turns on groomers and other firm surfaces.
In unconsolidated snow, the ample tip rocker and softer flex in the shovel made the skis plane well. Even in dense snow that was starting to get damp, they were not difficult to control. I did find them to prefer big sweeping turns - they were a bit hooky when trying to make smaller turns due to the tail design.
Overall I found these to be a great well rounded ski. For a western skier, I'd place these in the "quiver of one/anything but a storm day" category, rather than the dedicated powder ski category. They'd also be a very reasonable fat ski to own for an east coaster that makes occasional trips to snowier locales, as they perform very well on hard snow for a wide ski.