|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|Core Material||Wood, Flax|
|On Snow Feel|
Whitedot Ranger 98 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski
The Whitedot Ranger 98 is a fun all-mountain ski with a directional feel and a decent amount of power. At the same time we found the ski to be relatively easy to maneuver and more forgiving than we expected. It seemed to have a lot of life and energy, and didn’t take a ton of work to access the powerful and energetic side. This could be a good directional carver for advanced skiers that want to tackle a pretty wide variety of terrain.
Whitedot Ranger 98 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Riders: Matt and Laura
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Steeps
Ski Personality: The Whitedot Ranger 98 feels like an all-mountain directional carver. It has decent stability, power, lots of energy, and plenty of carving ability.
On the Snow Feel: I would say the Whitedot Ranger 98 felt like a pretty stable and locked in ski. It definitely has a directional feel, and it’s not really loose or surfy, even on flatter edge angles. Still, it was easy enough to maneuver at slower speeds, and disengaging the tail was easier than you might expect.
Powder: The Whitedot Ranger 98 feels like a directional all-mountain ski, and there’s not a lot of maneuverability to loose playful feel. Sure the rocker tip will ease initiation in deeper snow, but the stiff flex, 98mm waist, and significant camber really don’t do much for the skis powder performance.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Whitedot Ranger 98 felt like a fun and energetic all-mountain directional carver. Turn initiation was moderately easy, and the tip flex was semi-forgiving. Tipping the ski on edge and bending into the turn was smooth, predictable, and didn’t take as much work as you might expect. Sure it still seemed to respond best when driving the ski, but we both felt we didn’t have to drive the ski to get it to respond. Once on edge, the ski feels quite locked in. The tail is quite a bit more stiff than the tips, and we could feel the power. When transitioning from edge to edge you could really feel the ski shoot you into the next turn. Transitions weren’t overly quick, but they were exciting and energetic. If you’r looking for a quick ski that excels at short radius, the R.98 isn’t for you, but if you like longer radius, higher speed, and more power, this could be a good fit. Best of all, the reward was really big for the amount of effort we felt like we input.
Speed: The Whitedot Ranger 98 felt quite solid at speed. It’s moderately forgiving for a directional ski, but on edge its stable and powerful. Getting it on edge didn’t take a ton of effort or speed, but it’s at speed that the ski really came to life. The tail is quite powerful, and it would shoot the ski out of a turn with a lot of energy. I was a bit worried that the softer flex of the tip would chatter a bit or deflect, but I never noticed tip deflection or chatter at all.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: On edge the Whitedot Ranger 98 feels stable and damp, and we found we could cut through variable terrain really well. We did find that you had to be on top of your game though. If we got lazy in tracked out snow, the ski would let us know. The tail is relatively flat and quite powerful and it could get hooked up if we weren’t driving the ski in chop. On the plus side, the tip is more forgiving than I would expect for a directional ski, and it did a pretty solid job of absorbing terrain and negative vibrations. Even at higher speeds, and the ski felt stable, and we never had issues with tip deflection or hooking.
Edge Hold: The Whitedot Ranger 98 felt quite locked in on edge, and we had no issues with edge hold on steep hard pack. It’s probably still not a great ice ski, but has no problem with hard snow.
Bottom Line: I think I was really surprised with how energetic and lively this ski felt. It definitely has a directional feel, but it was far more willing to engage and bend than other directional skis. We both felt like this could be a really good ski for hard chargers that want to ski hard and fast, but also want a lively and energetic carver. t’s stable when you want to open it up and ski fast, but fun and lively when you want to carve the front-side. It’s a damp and powerful ski, but it’s also surprisingly forgiving. We really like this blend, and think this could be in the daily driver talks for a lot of people.
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