|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Ski Style||All-Mountain Frontside|
|On Snow Feel|
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Fischer Ranger 90 Ti 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
I have really enjoyed every Ranger I have skied from Fischer and the Fischer Ranger 90 Ti is no exception. The whole series feels so smooth and stable while still offering a really fun, exciting, and versatile ride. Spending almost all of my time skiing out west, I tend to prefer a wider ski like the Ranger 108ti, but it’s actually quite refreshing to ski a narrow all-mountain ski with better carving ability from time to time. The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti is smooth and stable like the 108 and 98, but has the added ease of initiation, quickness, and edginess of a carver.
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Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, 5″ fresh
Ski Personality: The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti is kind of a light-weight and very smooth all-mountain charger. It has the feel of a big mountain ski, but with it’s narrower base and light weight it feels far easier to ski. It just feels like a fun and easy going racehorse.
On the Snow Feel: The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti is a fairly stable ski with a nice light-weight and maneuverable feel.
Powder: The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti has a pretty big amount of rocker in tip and tail, making it a bit easy to swing in deeper snow. There is still a lot of camber underfoot, but in the right conditions the ski can feel semi-loose or surfy. The downside is that the ski is relatively stiff and pretty narrow (90mm) underfoot. The ski planes well for it’s size, but it’s not really a ski for deep days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I’m really becoming a big fan of skis that feel relatively light-weight and yet have a lot of torsional stiffness. The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti fits into this category, and just feels so smooth and easy-going and yet has big time power and stability. The Ranger 90 Ti is a relatively stiff ski, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it overly forgiving. Still, I found it petty easy to tip this ski on edge, and thanks to a big amount of tip and tail rocker, it doesn’t take a really high edge angle to engage the ski. I think what I loved most about the Ranger 90 ti was just how smooth initiation felt. On edge, the ski was just as smooth and stable. I really enjoyed lengthening my turns and picking up some speed. When I really laid into it, I could bend the ski enough for a lively and energetic rebound. The ski does have a pretty big amount of rocker in the tail, and although I felt like it stayed pretty locked in, it doesn’t have the same powerful exit as other more directional skis. Still, there’s some power underfoot, and it was easy to get the ski from edge to edge. Again, for me, I think the biggest takeaway was just how smooth the ski felt carving turns. It was easy to initiate, easy to transition, and yet held the turn really well. It’s not overly energetic or powerful, but it’s still a very capable carver.
Speed: The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti feels smooth, damp, stable, and predictable. It really seems to handle speed well, and even when straightening things out and going really fast the ski remained steadfast. Again, all I could think of was how smooth and stable the ski felt. It doesn’t have the highest top end of the category, but it’s definitely solid at speed.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Fischer Ranger 90 Ti really does a solid job of absorbing the terrain. In soft shallow chop, it was quite easy to float over the top and the ski really does seem to smooth things out. It has enough torsional stiffness to cut through soft chop well, and even when carving at higher speeds in tracked out snow, the ski wouldn’t deflect of chatter. Again, I kept thinking this is so smooth and stable. However, the Ranger 90 ti does have its limitations. This ski is only 90mm wide, and won’t smooth out the terrain as well as the 108. If you spend more time in shallow chop the 90 will be ok, but in deeper tracked out of chopped up snow, it may get a bit out of place.
Bottom Line: The entire time I was skiing the Fischer Ranger 90 Ti I kept thinking about how smooth and stable the ski felt. It almost had this easy-going and laid back feel that could make for a really great hangover ski. Yes, it’s not fantastic in chop or at super high speeds, but it’s quite impressive how well it holds up in both scenario, given that it has such an easy-going personality. I also want to make sure that saying it’s easy-going doesn’t mean I’m saying it’s a boring ski. It’s quite the opposite. It has a fun and lively feel on groomers. Sure it prefers mid to long radius turns, but it can be nimble and maneuverable as well. It’s not super quick from edge to edge, nor is it overly powerful, but it blends power and energy quite well with it’s smoothness. Sure intermediate skiers will probably be able to ski the Fischer Ranger 90 ti, but I Think it will really cater to advanced to expert skiers. Especially those who have a big more laid back carving style. You want to ski fast, you want to carve, but you’re not the aggressive ex racer who wants to drive the skis aggressively on every turn.
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