The 2020 Fischer My Ranger 102 FR skis are a new model for this year, picking up on the success of the men’s version which was new last year. In the spirit of the men’s version, the My Ranger 102 FR has the same basic shape and build, with the shorter lengths getting a bit of a trim in terms of width. The 168 cm length comes in at 101 mm underfoot, so the differences are measurable, but not overwhelming. A wood core gets the Air Tec Ti treatment, and while not a full-sheet of metal, it certainly makes a huge difference in terms of the overall stability and grip of the 102. The twin tip shape gives the ski a leg up in terms of playfulness, as not many skis in this category have this amount of fun built right in. Feel free to take these things anywhere, as they have the width to float, but they end up feeling lighter and more maneuverable, so they excel in front-side and all-mountain applications as well. Our testers had a fairly diverse reaction to these skis, but the overall sentiment is that they’re stable and playful. These are certainly two qualities that a lot of people are looking for in a wider all-mountain ski.
Catherine Ferguson skied the 168 and found it to be the right size. She loved the forgiveness and edge hold, with each of those categories receiving 5’s out of 5. Her overall impression and stability scores of 4 out of 5 were equally impressive, as it sounds like she’s a fan of this new ski. “I enjoyed how you can really crank a turn. Definitely for an advanced or expert skier. Best for wide, longer turn because the edge really holds.” In fact, Catherine goes on to note that it “skis like a GS ski.” This is pretty impressive stuff coming from a 101 mm underfoot ski.
Ariel Aidala could ski either the 159 or the 168, but she preferred the longer length. Her top scores of 5 out of 5 were given for flotation, stability, and overall impression. These are some pretty nice qualities to have in a wider all-mountain ski, so it’s pretty clear that Ariel’s a fan of this 102. Her low score was a 3 out of 5 for forgiveness, and maybe the longer length had something to do with it, but the end result was Ariel feeling that the skis were on the stiff side. “Once engaged, this ski performed well in soft spring snow as well as hard pack. Going down steep groomers was a breeze as it transitioned from hard pack to spring snow. This ski plowed right through it. It is light yet still has enough damping to allow it to stay in control.”
On the 159, Ali Berlin thought she “could go longer, but the 159 were so easy to move!” Don’t fight it, Ali! Her scores were mostly 4’s with a few 3’s for stability and torsional stiffness. These aren’t surprising scores, especially given the shorter test length. She states that the My Ranger 102 FR is “a fun ski! You won’t lose these on the ski rack with their bright color!” In terms of performance, they “moved easily through the trees and handled great on the open terrain. Lost some stability in a medium radius turn at faster speeds.” We think that’s to be expected, with a 159 cm ski with a 100 mm waist and only partial metal laminates. You’d have to move up to some pretty burly skis to get that type of consistent performance at speed.
Overall, this should be a good ski for a wide variety of ladies who want a wider ski, but don’t want the punishment of two sheets of metal. For a fun time on the hill, look no further than the 2020 Fischer My Ranger 102 FR.