Some still seem to blame Fischer for sins of the past. Their loss. Because if the family-owned Austrian brand was ever guilty of making skis that only a nails-for-breakfast Austrian racer could love, the Ranger 98 is clearly a new breed of Fischer. The Ranger is still underpinned by Fischeresque power, precision, and stability, and it still certainly belongs in the “charger” subgroup of the 100-mm width class (see Mantra, Bonafide, etc.). But there’s a surfy, fun-loving, sunny-day side to its personality too—an ease of maneuverability that makes it more open-minded about quick direction changes in tight spots, even at high speeds. Thank goodness, it still has all the top-end rippability that Fischer fans prize—bring a strong, energetic attack and a greed for speed to it, and it’s beefy enough to keep up. But if you’re in the mood for slashy, lazy, skidding-around fun on the softest snow you can find, here’s a Fischer that won’t judge.
Joe C. : “Well shaped for smeary off-piste versatility and occasional bump duty, but sacrifices nothing in the way of on-piste carvability. Bends and arcs automatically; releases easily and predictably. Great Eastern all-mountain skills.”
Steve B. : “A nice departure from the stereotype of Fischer being a frontside-only brand. Fun solid, stable. A ripper in bumps or trees.”
Bob S. : “Stiff and responsive, plows through snow no problem. Carves all radius turns easily and powerfully.”
Jamie B. : “Nicely predictable flex and sidecut makes it easy to change turn shapes and manage speed as terrain changes.”
Mike A. : “Super strong, powerful, and damp. An aggressive all-mountain ski option. Powers through spring crud and holds a great edge.”
James S. : “Amazing stable for how quick it steers and how light it feels. Carbon tips are unwavering. Carves eagerly, but it’s just as happy to slarve and play around.”