Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 98
Lengths: 172, 180, 188
Likely to be a top seller for Fischer, the 2017 Ranger 98 Ti, with its 98-mm waist, metal reinforcement, and medium-turn sidecut radius, is well built for everyday beat-downs in all kinds of terrain and snow. Compared to the knife-ier feel of the new, similarly wide Fischer Pro Mtn 95 Ti, it’s tapered and rockered for a surfier, more new-school style.
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). All models except the value-priced version of the 90 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.