The 2020 Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti is a pretty sweet little ski for advanced and expert ladies. With a few tweaks for this year, the skis are a bit heftier, thanks to elongated and widened metal laminates. The tip rocker is more in tune with the width of the ski, and this results in a stronger carving performance. The waist width is length-dependent, and although the name implies a 96 mm underfoot, the 174 comes in at just about 95 mm. In the 158, it goes down to 94, so whichever length you get, the mid 90’s is where you’ll be. At this shape, the skis have that dual-threat type of character that can be used every day and everywhere. Built with a wood core and two sheets of metal, these things are all business. The carbon nose takes a bit of the strength out, but it’s by no means a soft ski. These are best when used by advanced and expert skiers who know how to drive a ski. Our testers raved about the stability and maneuverability, with those two qualities being very important to all-mountain skiing.
On the 174, Kelsey Boleski gave high marks for stability, with that coming in at a 5 out of 5. Her other scores of 4 for edge hold, versatility, and overall impression are pretty awesome, as that’s what Fischer is setting out to do with this new build. Thanks to those metal sheets, “this ski rips! It’s stable at high speeds and forgiving at slower speeds.” And as Fischer is setting out to make a well-balanced ski with no particular high or low points, Kelsey notes that the My Ranger 96 Ti is “not too heavy, not too light, it feels just right.” These skis definitely have some of that Goldilocks charm to them.
Also on the 174, Darcy Mangan liked the size and had an extremely favorable overall impression, with that category earning a 5 out of 5. Her only 3 was for torsional stiffness and edge hold, while the rest of her scores were all 4’s. Consistent scoring reflects consistent skis, so it would seem that the My Ranger 96 is a well-balanced ski for Darcy. She calls it “very fun, quiet, stable, and loves to jump! One of my favorites overall!” In terms of the versatility and all-mountain execution, Darcy “would consider this for a one-ski quiver. Put a huge smile on my face, I didn’t want to give it back!” Praise does not get more effusive than that.
Kristi Brown felt that her 174 skied long, and as such, her lower scores for quickness and forgiveness are unsurprising. The longer length did not, however, stop her from giving top scores of 5 out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold. She calls the My Ranger 96 a “big mountain ski for great open groomers. These things plow through crud. They’re a bit stiff, so moguls weren’t my favorite.” She goes on to give the ski more of a character: “Go west, girl, where the mountains are big and ride My Rangers into the sunset.” Nice.
With all that goes into skis these days, it’s nice when a company comes out with something that just works. They’re high-performance without being abusive, light weight without being dainty, and they’re stable without being heavy. All of these qualities make for an easy to use ski that has little to no performance limit. For advanced and expert skiers looking for the ultimate one-ski quiver, the 2020 Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti is a fantastic choice.