Fischer Ranger 122 (2017)
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Waist Width: 122
Lengths: 185, 192
The Ranger 122 is the widest ski Fischer makes, a powder specialist, rockered and tapered for loose, surfy performance in the deepest snow. Its long-turn sidecut radius and unsinkable width make it a likely choice for high-speed charging on big-mountain lines.
It’s part of the returning Ranger series of wide-waisted powder and freeride skis, which range in width from a super-wide, powder-specific 122 mm at the top end to a frontside-appropriate 90 mm at the low end. All are designed for surfy, newschool performance in soft snow, with tapered shapes (for loose, slashy performance in soft snow) and tip/tail rocker (for flotation and shock absorption). Most models (108 Ti, 98 Ti, and 90 Ti) are metal-reinforced, for high-speed calm, edge-power, and durability. But great care is taken to cut weight. The Rangers feature powerful, snappy wood-core laminate constructions with edgy vertical sidewalls, but the top surface is rounded to reduce overall mass. The Air Tec core has air-filled channels milled into it. And the Carbon Nose tip uses carbon to reduce swing weight. All models are sold flat (no binding).
Family-owned Fischer Skis is based in Reid, Austria, where all its skis (and many of those of other brands) are built. Fischer says its factory in Reid is the second largest manufacturer of skis in the world. -J.C.