This was my first experience with Fischer in a long time, and it was a great first re-impression. The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti is a very solid ski. It’s a ski that has a big mountain feel, but is also versatile enough that you could use it on a lot of different terrain. It’s a ski that likes speed, likes soft snow, and eats up the chop. At the same time it was relatively maneuverable, and very capable on the front side. It’s a ski that is very at home off piste, but perfectly fine on the frontside as well. I could easily see this becoming my daily driver here in the west.
Fischer Ranger 108 Ti Big Mountain Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
On the Snow Feel: The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti is a stable and smooth ski, but I also found it really responsive and easy to turn. It’s one of the lighter skis we tested for its size, and that makes it feel so much more maneuverable than other skis in this waist width. For me it’s in that category of easy going charger. I know that sounds a little contradictory, but for a ski that’s so easy to turn, it’s surprisingly stable and smooth when charging hard.
Powder: I didn’t have a chance to test out the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti in any deep snow. We did have 10” of fresh the night before I was able to hop on this ski, but by the time I actually got to take my first runs, the snow was pretty chopped up. I would suspect that the ski would do good, but not great in the deepest snow. It has a light-weight carbon tip with a Freeski Rocker profile. The ski is also relatively light-weight and I feel like it would plane above the snow pretty well. A 108mm waist would help to keep the ski afloat, but obviously won’t perform as well as a powder specific ski that is 115+ underfoot.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti was surprisingly easy to get on edge and turn. Even at slow speeds I found the ski very responsive and easy to maneuver. It is one of the lightest skis in its category and with a thin carbon tip it feels easy to swing the ski. The Tip Rocker profile works well with the sidecut, and I felt that as soon as I tipped the ski on edge it was ready to respond. On the groomers the ski felt quite stable and smooth, but it wasn’t overly exciting. Still, for its waist width, the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti was probably one of the best carvers. The ski is thicker in the center, and while the thin tip makes it easy to turn, full ABS sidewalls and titanal under foot help to increase torsional rigidity and increase power and edge hold. All of this translates into a ski that can leave some pretty deep trenches on soft groomers. It has a good amount of power when exiting a turn, and even though it wasn’t overly snappy, I felt that is was very quick from edge to edge.
Speed: The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti feels pretty light-weight for its size, and yet it can still hold up really well at speed. It’s all about the Rangers construction. It consists of a light-weight beech and poplar core, Air Core Carbon, and Aeroshape design. The tip is also thinned out, helping to reduce the mass up-front and keep the tip from bouncing at speed. Without diving into details it basically translates into a ski that is light-weight, and yet still pretty stiff overall. Then Fischer adds in a titanium layer for added dampness at speed. The end result is a ski that is smooth and stable at speed, and yet light-weight and easy to maneuver. It didn’t quite have the same smoothness as the Kastle BMX 105 HP, but was definitely near the top of the category.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti feels right at home in variable conditions off piste. The light weight helps to keep the ski maneuverable, but a stiff flex and torsional rigidity help to eat up variable terrain. The carbon tip does a nice job of skiing over the top of any chop, while the burly construction underfoot helps to smooth things out. Whether I was riding bases flat, or up on an edge, the Ranger 108 was able to handle the chop well.
Edge Hold: The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti is most at home on soft snow, but I was actually pretty surprised at the edge hold on hard groomers. I was able to lay some pretty deep trenches in the snow, and I never felt un-easy when trying to put the ski on a high edge angle. This definitely wouldn’t be my first choice for ice, but I was pretty confident on harder snow.
Bottom Line: The Fischer Ranger 108 Ti is a ski that could easily become my daily driver. It’s light-weight and maneuverable, and yet holds up really well at speed. It’s a ski that really likes variable terrain off piste, and yet was actually quite fun carving up the groomers. It prefers soft snow to hard, but held up well enough that I wouldn’t have to bring out different skis if conditions were firm. This is the ski for hard charging skiers that also appreciate maneuverability. It’s easy to swing in tight spots, and then has the power to charge at speed when you want to open it up at the bottom of a steep run.