|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Core Material||Flax Fiber, Carbon, Poplar|
|Turning Radius||28m @ 186cm|
|On Snow Feel|
Whitedot Ranger 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski
Whitedot calls the Ranger their most versatile ski, so I was definitely excited to put it to the test. While we found the Whitedot Ranger to be versatile (one could certainly use it as a daily driver), we felt it caters a bit more to aggressive skiers that want to ski fast and need a stable ski to do so. Even though I would put this ski in the all-mountain category, I would definitely say it leans a bit more towards the big mountain feel.
Whitedot Ranger On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Size: 177cm and 186cm
Riders: Matt and Laura
Conditions: Fresh (5”), Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Spring Slush
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAATTACK 13
Ski Personality: The Ranger is a very stable directional charger.
On the Snow Feel: The Whitedot Ranger is a stiff ski that feels quite powerful, and very stable. The Ranger is definitely a stable ski that takes a bit of work to tame. It will definitely cater to a more aggressive skier, but will open up a lot of terrain to those who are.
Powder: With a 108mm waist width the White Ranger is certainly in a very versatile class of all-mountain skis. Sure at 108mm, it’s not going to be fantastic in deep snow, but it’s also quite a bit friendlier to ski when the snow isn’t deep. This has really become my favorite waist width because of that versatility. We didn’t have the chance to ski the Ranger in anything super deep, but in the 5”+ fresh we skied in the morning, the Ranger was certainly capable. With a healthy dose of tip rocker, the ski planes quite well. The ski feels smooth, and even though it is very directional, I felt I could access a slightly surfy side of the ski. This isn’t going to be your go-to powder ski, but if you know conditions will be variable, the Ranger could be a great one ski quiver.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Neither one of us found the Ranger to be overly exciting on groomers. Still, we wouldn’t necessarily be quick to say the Ranger can’t handle carving the frontside. The feel is just more smooth, predictable, stable, and directional than you get from a front-side ski. Getting the ski on edge took speed, and trying to bend the 186cm into the turn definitely took work. Still, I found the ski responded well to input, and getting from edge to edge was smooth and predictable. It never necessarily felt like it was going to shoot me from edge to edge with a ton of life, but I could certainly tell there was a lot of power behind me. After all, it does have a 28m radius in the 186cm, so I wasn’t expecting quick and exciting. Bottom line, if you like carving smooth and powerful long radius turns, the Ranger is certainly a lot of fun on groomers.
Speed: Here is where the stiff flex and stable feel really help make the Whitedot Ranger shine. It’s not the most stable or damp ski I have ever been on, but it’s certainly near the top. I love that directional feel, and going mach something down smooth runs was so much fun. I never once questioned the speed I was skiing at.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Whitedot Ranger is a very capable ski in variable snow. The Ranger has a pretty stiff directional feel, and it wants to run fast and straight. When encountering variable snow I found it easy to stay aggressive and blast through anything in the way. Whether I was on my edges or had my bases flat, I had no issue getting the ski to power through variable snow. Just be aware that the ski isn’t very forgiving, and getting too far back seat can be punishing.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was fairly decent, but I wouldn’t want to ski it on hard pack all the time. The ski was certainly a lot more fun on soft snow, where I could open things up with confidence and never worry about my edges washing out. If you have to ski it in less than ideal conditions, the Ranger can handle it.
Bumps: The Whitedot Ranger is certainly not my first choice for a mogul ski, especially in the 186cm. Still I found it responsive enough that I wouldn’t mind trying out the 177cm in bumps. I’d still expect to have to work a lot, and I wouldn’t want to get punished for lazy technique. However, I think strong enough bump skiers would find the Ranger capable here.
Bottom Line: The Whitedot Ranger is a ski that likes to go fast and straight. It offers a very smooth, stable and damp ride at speed, and it’s so predictable in variable terrain I never question coming in hot. It’s capable on groomed terrain, but will require an aggressive skier to get it to come alive. I’d definitely recommend the Whitedot Ranger for skiers who want to ski wide open steeps, powder, soft snow, variable terrain, and don’t mind a smooth and “mellow” ride on groomers.
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