Returning for another year of all-mountain freeride excellence, the 2020 Fischer Ranger 102 FR is a surefire crowd pleaser with versatility and fun to spare. Fischer really did themselves a solid last year by making a Ranger ski with a twin tip and a more forgiving nature. This combination made for a better soft-snow performance, as well as a more playful character. The combination of these assets really went a long way with skiers who were looking for a wider, fun-loving ski that could do it all and didn’t have to think too hard about it. With a wood core and a partial metal laminate, these skis have all the right tricks for all-mountain freeride adventures. The carbon nose keeps the swivel weight down, and the playful tail keeps the skier in control of the turn shape and style versus a flat tail that locks you in to a particular turn shape or style. Advanced and expert skiers will love the soft snow versatility, and this ski really knows no limits.
Justin Perry skied the 184 and loved pretty much everything about it. All 4’s and 5’s from Justin, with the 4’s being given for forgiveness and torsional stiffness. Regardless, these are all very consistent high scores, so it’s safe to say Justin is a fan of the Ranger 102. “This was a very fun ski in all conditions. It held very well on the hard pack while being skied hard, yet was responsive and easily cut through crunchy and soft stuff. Felt like I was skiing much smaller ski underfoot. Really good idea for a one ski quiver.” It’s interesting to note that Justin felt that the 102 was thinner, and that bodes well for skiers who are looking for wider skis that don’t feel too fat.
Echoing Justin’s sentiments, Bob St.Pierre also felt that it performed stronger than its width indicated. He also skied the 184 and gave mostly 4’s with the exception of forgiveness and edge hold, which earned 3’s out of 5. Bob calls the 102 FR an “awesome, wider all-mountain ski. It has a ton of energy and also a bunch of stability. I love the versatility, and the best part is that it acts like a narrower ski on flats, but a wider ski in fresh snow.” This is the type of dual-nature that a lot of all-mountain/freeride skis aspire to get. The twin tip shape has a lot to do with the overall feel of the ski, and Bob and Justin have done a nice job in pointing that performance characteristic out.
Annie MacDonald skied the 177 and loved the ski. Her scores were all 4’s with the exception of a couple of 3’s for quickness and forgiveness. She found it to be “light and stiff! Handled big GS groomer turns, but had to power it to get into shorter radius. It was fun in a powder field ripping big turns.” That lightness does go a long way in making the ski a lot more floaty, and again, that tail does a great job in making the ski float better than its width indicates.
Brooks Curran liked his 184 cm test ski, and gave top marks of 4 out of 5 for stability, edge hold, and versatility. In that light, Brooks notes that “freeride equals versatility. In this line (FR), the tail allows you to round the end of the turn. Still loves to charge and belongs pointed down the fall line. Fun shape, and make sure you’re giving it a lot of energy.”
There’s a lot to love about the 2020 Fischer Ranger 102 FR. Just as there was last year, this year is no different, as they’re hoping to tap into another pool of fun-loving skiers who are looking to maximize their time out there on the hill.