The 2020 Fischer Ranger 94 FR is going to make some headlines this winter. If it doesn’t, it certainly won’t be because they’re not amazing skis. Everyone who’s spent time on this new stick from Fischer absolutely loves it. With a length-dependent turn radius, the 177 cm length has a 92 mm waist, which is right in line with where a slightly-wider all-mountain ski should fall. Built just like the 102 FR but in a slenderer shape, the 94 is quicker, lighter, and a stronger carver than its big brother, just with a little less flotation. For eastern skiers, this thing is a blessing. The turned-up tail and the carbon nose make for super-maneuverable performance, while the Air Tec Ti and the Sandwich Sidewall construction combine to create some serious carving prowess. Playful, fun, and substantial, these skis cross a lot of boundaries and check a lot of boxes as far as all-mountain skis are concerned. Our testers, like with most of our Fischer products, were pretty enamored with the strength and nimbleness of these new skis.
Justin Perry loved his 177 cm test length ski. He was pretty stoked on the whole thing. Top marks of 5 were given for all categories except for a couple of 4’s for flotation and forgiveness. His enthusiasm for the ski shows in his comments. “This is an amazing ski! Everything about it excels in a big way. Amazing edge hold with a rocker profile that will blow your mind. Super playful and fun!” Sounds like an awesome review!
Phil McGrory skied the 185 and found it to be the right length. His lowest score was a 2 out of 5, so it might have been a bit stiff at that size for him. All other scores were 4’s out of 5, showing that he felt the Ranger 94 was a strong and well-rounded ski. “Very nimble and light in variable terrain. Stable at speed. Likes to be on edge and locked into the turn on groomed terrain.” And as far as an intended audience, Phil pegs the ski as good for “advanced to expert skiers.” It’s great to see a 94 mm underfoot ski without two sheets of metal get labeled as a stable carver at speed.
Dave Carter noted the versatility of his 177 cm test length. He was a huge fan of the quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, and forgiveness of the 94. Additional scores of 4 were given in versatility and overall impression, so it’s fair to say that David was bullish on the ski’s all-mountain abilities. It’s always nice to see a tester take the ski into multiple zones to get a fair review, and David did just that. “Skied on groomed trails and on bumps. Stable on the groomers and agile for the bumps.” What more could you want out of a ski?
Evan Caha’s biggest takeaway was the fun and friendly shape of his 185. “Loved the wide nose. Stiff enough to avoid chatter. Likes to engage turns. Topped out on speed. Can let the skis take control and follow their lead. Nice balance.” Nice list, there Evan! It’s a pretty comfortable ski to be on, for sure, and is not too abusive or stiff, but does have great energy and substance to it.
For skiers who are looking for the ultimate ski for playful all-mountain skiing, the Fischer Ranger 94 FR is the way to go. The lighter nose, stiffer undercarriage, and playful twin-tip shape are all fantastic for any and all conditions and terrain. They have great edge grip and control for a wider ski, and can quite literally handle anything and everything that the mountain can throw at you.