The 2022 Fischer Ranger 102 FR in the Pink color is one of the coolest skis we see around the hill. While there’s a good mix of skiers on these skis, as they’re available in all sizes that the Blue is, we’re including them in the women’s portion of the ski test for some strange reason. Choose a color—the ski is the same. And by same, I mean awesome. These skis have a wood core with a carbon nose, and an interesting way of shaping that wood core so that you get a lot of energy out of it. Light enough for a touring option, burly enough to rip down some big mountains, and fun enough to use in the park or in a freestyle backcountry setting, the 102 FR checks a whole lot of boxes for a wide range of skiers. At 102 mm underfoot, they certainly have the width for playful powder skiing, while also being narrow enough to enjoy a carved turn on a groomer for sure. There aren’t many bad things to say about these skis.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
All Mountain, Powder, Park
Carly Monahan was on the 163, noting that it skis true to size and is a good length for her. She had quite a few high scores for this ski, with 5’s out of 5 given for flotation and playfulness. The rest of the scores on her card were 4’s, so this is a consistently high-scoring ski in Carly’s mind for sure. She notes that “While I wouldn’t seek out a ski of this width for my everyday ski, this thing slays in soft snow and was a blast in corn bumps. For its width, it’s quick edge to edge and swings nicely.” Here in VT, some people do opt for that 102 mm underfoot ski for most days, but it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Lauren Lepage also skied the 163, noting the properness of the length. All 5’s and 4’s for Lauren as well, with the top marks given for versatility, overall impression, playfulness, quickness, and maneuverability. Lauren states that the 102 FR Pink is a “Playful, Fun and Lightweight ski that handles extremely well on edge too! The versatility of this ski stands out the most to me!” We totally agree, Lauren.
On the 170, Nifer Hoehn loved the length, and had a lot of high scores and effusive praise to go along with it. She scored the ski 5’s out of 5 for stability, flotation, quickness, maneuverability, playfulness, and forgiveness. Going against the grain of our other testers, Nifer gave it 3’s out of 5 for versatility and overall impression, enforcing our opinion that skiing would be boring if everyone felt the same way about a ski. Nifer backs up her scores by stating that “These are so very good looking. Sharp, fun, and bright bright pink. These float nicely, but aren't afraid to dig in and carve a turn as well. I didn't get to test them out in a ton of conditions, but they strike me as really versatile, and a good all mountain option for those looking for a fun, powder/tree focused all mountain ski. They aren't as powerful as some of the others I tested, but they don't lack power. It's just not a defining strength of this ski. They are a fun, stable, and light ski.” Astute and proper of Nifer to point out that even though they can be strong, that’s not what they’re known for, and that’s fine.
The Fischer Ranger 102 FR Pink skis are an ideal choice for advanced skiers, but have the range to accommodate an intermediate looking for something wider and playful, and they can definitely be used by experts who know how to access the full potential and performance of a ski. Fun, agile, and versatile, the Ranger 102 FR has made a lot of skiers happy over the years, and will continue to do so for the near future as well.