2020 Fischer Ranger 94 FR

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.

Testers

Evan Caha

Age: 30Height: 5'10"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and adventurous with a love for high edge angles

Dave Carter

Age: 61Height: 5'9"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: They don't call me "carving" Dave Carter for nothin'

Phil McGrory

Age: 31Height: 6'0"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous spirit in search of pow

Justin Perry

Age: 29Height: 5'9"Weight: 167 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive all-mountain freeride

21 Comments on the “2020 Fischer Ranger 94 FR”

  1. Hi guys,

    What would you consider to be the ideal eastern tree ski that is versatile enough for a 50/50 split between trees and groomers? I’m 5’8 and 190 lbs and my hard charging days are over. I’m torn between these 94 FR’s, the Rossi Sky 7’s, Rustler 9’s, and Kore 93’s. Are there other skis I’m overlooking?

    Thanks,
    Matt

    1. Hi Matt!
      Great list of light, maneuverable skis there! The Sky is the quickest turner, but likely the worst in groomer performance. The other three are pretty darn even with each other. The Rustler is the only one with a partial metal laminate, so has the best underfoot edge grip. The Fischer’s metal is more of a mounting plate versus a structural layer of the ski. The Kore slides right in between all the models, and is one of those skis that if you really can’t make up your mind, just get that one. I’d also put the Salomon QST 92 in that list–I put it on the Kore level of a tweener model. Hope that helps!
      SE

  2. How would you guys rate/rank the following for 6’-2”, 230lb intermediate and size skis: Fischer Ranger 94FR, Rustler 9, Salomon QST92 and Kore 93? Looking for easy turning ability, foregiveness…are any of these more neutral vs. driving skis? Metal or no metal for stated size?

    1. HI Kurt!
      The QST is likely the easiest and smoothest-flexing of the skis on your list. The Kore is stiff, and the Rustler and the Ranger are pretty similar and fall right in the middle. QST is most neutral while Ranger requires the most force. Have fun!
      SE

  3. SE…how would you compare this to Navigator 90? I’m 6’1/2″ and 210 lbs. The Navigator 90 @179 feels a bit soft in the front. Thanks much.

    Ken

    1. Hi Ken!
      I wouldn’t say the Ranger is much different in the front–maybe a bit stiffer, but pretty similar overall. The tail of the Navigator is much more business-oriented while that of the Ranger is built for fun. I’m 6/2 220 and loved the Nav in the 186 on groomed runs, but for overall performance and versatility, I’d go with the Ranger. I skied the 185 and was hoping they’d come out with a 191! Have fun!
      SE

      1. Thanks much. That helps. One more follow up question. How would you rate Liberty Origin 96 va the Ranger? Thanks again.

      2. HI Ken!
        Just skied the Origin 96 the other day in some fresh snow, and I liked it but didn’t love it. The Ranger on the other hand I had an instant connection with. Loved the versatility and shape and overall energy. Origin fell a bit short in those categories, but was fun nonetheless!
        SE

  4. I am a 49-year-old expert skier. 5’ 8” and 180 and I love to charge hard on groomers but I also enjoy keeping up with my boys in the powder when we head out west. I’m looking for a ski that I can ski 80% a time and groomers and 20% trees/Powder and enjoy both experiences immensely. It looks like the Fisher 94FR and Rustler 9 would handle both nicely. Also considering the Rossi Blackops. I want twin tip styled skis because I like to mix it up going backwards too. Thanks for your help!!

    1. Hi Timothy!
      Nothing wrong with any of those skis!
      The Rustler has the most metal in it, so it’s a bit stronger of a performer on the groomers while the Blackops (98 I assume) is the best soft snow ski. The Ranger fits right in the middle, with a good, strong, snappy performance on-trail but some great versatility off-trail and switch performance. I’d go Ranger–it really does it all. Have fun!
      SE

  5. So I just bought the woodsman 108, and am looking for a pair of skis for the lighter/ no new snow days. Something to rip the moguls and trees but also bomb groomers. I’m 6’3” 190 and a pretty advanced skier.. I loved the 102 fr, almost bought em. Curious what your thoughts are if this is my ski to fill in the bottom end of my quiver??

    1. Hi Kaylor!
      If you’re looking at the 94 to complement the 108, I think that’s a fantastic choice. Very similar overall feel to the 102, just in a quicker and narrower package. For a bit more response on the groomers, I’d also say the Ranger 92 Ti is worth a look. Take care!
      SE

  6. Hi guys!

    Great review once again!

    I do need your help though. I am really struggling to find the correct ski for me. I am 170cm / 78kg and consider myself an expert. I ski perhaps 70% onpiste and 30% offpiste or whenever there is powder available. I rarely do trees and parks and never backwards skiing. I have considered getting these Fischer 94 frs but I also think about the Kore 93, Ranger 92Ti, QST92, Rustler 9 or even Mantra M5. All skis in around 170 length.

    I really love to do some hard carving in the mornings but I also need a ski that can handle the afternoon bumps and moguls as well as those powder days whenever we have them. I rented a 2018 Scott Punisher 95 in 165 length in Austria and I really liked that ski. It was able to carve great and do some powder as well, no problem. A lot of development has been done in 2 years for sure but compared to the Punisher, are all these 2020 skis better options? What would you choose as the best overall performer? Thanks!

    1. Hi Riku!
      It sounds like you could narrow your search down the the QST and the Ranger 92. Both are fantastically versatile, with more power than the Punisher while still remaining fun and nimble. The Ranger 92 is a bit better of a carver but the QST is overall more well-rounded. The Ranger 94, Rustler, and Kore might be on the light side while the Mantra is on the beefy end. I think you’ll find a winner between the Ranger 92 and the QST 92 for sure. Take care!
      SE

      1. I was looking at this ski and thought it would be an awesome one ski quiver for me. Im a big guy at 250 and feel that I need some more control on edge. How stiff is it compared to something like an armada avr 96? I am desicive on weather I should get a more all mountian carver or the avr for a more playful feel.

      2. HI Eric!
        Stiffer than the ARV 96 by a decent margin. I think you’d like it more than the Armada for an all-mountain one-ski quiver setting, but if you’re more of a park/freestyle skier, you’ll prefer the flexibility and playfulness of the Armada. I’d go Ranger 94 for better edge control. Take care!
        SE

  7. Hi!

    I’m currently looking at options and was wondering if somebody could guide me a bit more in the right direction. I’ve read through some of the comments and think that the Salomon QST92, Fischer Ranger 94, Blizzard Rustler 9, and Volkl Mantra 5 might be the best fit moving forward for a one ski quiver.

    Right now I’m using some older Volkl Bridges with a 95 underfoot, and while they’re great for crud, they are too heavy for moguls and not as maneuverable. I’d like to be able to use a ski for groomers and moguls, but also be able to handle some powder when it does actually snow. I’m 5/10 around 180 and can ski the whole mountain. Any positives or downsides from those skis that I should be aware of?

    Thanks!

    1. HI Leon!
      I think you’ll get the responsiveness you’re looking for out of the Ranger 94 or the Rustler 9, all while keeping the weight down (Mantra and QST are on the heavier side). I’d also add the Elan Ripstick 96 to that list as a lighter, more energetic ski that has a lot of versatility. I’d say that ~180 range is a good place to be, likely better to go the 177 in the Ranger versus the 185 if you decide to go that route. Have fun!
      SE

    1. Gavin,
      I’ve been voting for that since the 94 came out. At 6/3 220, I would be a lot better served on the 191 in that ski, but alas, it doesn’t seem to be happening this year. With the 102, they delayed the 191 until later in the first production year, so there’s still hope, but we haven’t heard a definitive yet. If someone just gave me the 185, I’d ski it, but likely wouldn’t buy it–I’d look for something longer. In that range of ski, a bit wider, check out the Rossignol Black OpS Holyshred which comes in a 192. Looks sweet. Have fun!
      SE

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