For 2021, Fischer hasn't really made men's and women's skis, they're just making skis for everyone. That's the case for the Ranger 102 FR. What was once a "men's" ski is now available in a whole bunch of different sizes and two colorways so men and women can choose whatever length in whatever color they want. Regardless, the Ranger 102 FR is an awesome ski that takes freeride performance and a progressive shape and applies it to a versatile all-mountain ski. The 102 mm waist width is still relatively quick edge to edge, while the rockered, tapered tips and tails give the ski superb performance in soft snow and a very playful feel. Fischer's Carbon Nose has been proven to provide a stable, quiet feel with an unbelievably light swing weight. Although there's not really any metal in this ski, it still feels stable and has impressive edge grip, turning it into a well-rounded, super-versatile ski that you can take anywhere on the mountain.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
All Mountain, Powder, Touring
When asked what she likes most about the Ranger 102 FR, Alix Klein replied, "everything!" Alix owns a pair of the Ranger 102 FR already and spent a lot of time on them this season. She described going from a 110 mm waist width in her previous ski to the 102 of the Ranger 102 FR. "Easier to retain skiing style, faster edge to edge, quick and stable and still plenty of float. I took it to Crested Butte and it was stable in open terrain, yet here on the east it's quick and nimble for our tighter trees. Wide enough for most powder days too, especially for someone my size." Alix also described it as "carving beautifully," which we've found in both men and women is often something that surprises out testers on the Ranger 102 FR. When you look at it, it doesn't necessarily look like a carving ski, but when you put it to the test, it has impressive edge grip and a lot of rebound and energy out of those turns. Alix skis the 177 cm length, which is pretty long for someone her size, but she's an aggressive, active skier. Because it has lighter swing weight than most skis, skilled skiers like Alix will be able to size up if they want more flotation or more stability, while less aggressive skiers can stick to shorter lengths for pure playfulness and maneuverability.
Annie MacDonald also went for the 177 cm length, not surprising because she too is an aggressive, highly skilled skier. "Light and stiff! Handled big GS groomer turns, but could power it into shorter radius turns. It would be fun in a powder field just ripping big turns." Sure would be, Annie, and we hope you get an opportunity to do that on the Ranger 102 FR. Based on Alix's Crested Butte experience, you'd have a blast. Annie basically just drew a line down the 4 out of 5 column for our numerical scores, which we always take as a sign of an extremely well-rounded ski.
The Ranger 102 FR blends stability, playfulness, and soft snow performance as well as just about any other ski on the market, and it does it all with a signature Fischer feel. The Aeroshape profile and their application of carbon gives their skis an extremely responsive feel, while also being lighter than most of their competitors' skis. Shred some powder, cruise groomers, heck, you can even dabble in the terrain park on these skis. Talk about versatility! Did we mention it's also light enough to use as an alpine touring ski? I don't think we did, but it certainly is, and we've seen a lot of skier using it for that application over the past year.
Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.
Contributors: Alix Klein.