2022 Fischer Ranger 102 FR

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lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 cm
radius: 18 m at 177 cm
sidecut: 136/102/126 mm at 177 cm

It’s been a fun ride so far in the ski world for the Fischer Ranger 102 FR. When introduced two years ago, it was just a fantastic infusion of fresh air into a somewhat stale category. Who doesn’t love a playful, wide freestyle-oriented ski with versatility to spare? Built with Fischer’s wood core with air channels milled out, the skis have a titanal binding retention plate that also serves to create a bit more torsional stiffness underfoot. Fischer also uses their carbon nose with this ski, but unlike the Ti versions, the carbon does not connect further down the ski, so it’s got a more playful shovel. This is great in softer snow, as it allows for a more appropriate flex and suspension system. The turned-up tail falls just short of a true twin tip, but still has a lot of freestyle characteristics, and can certainly be used in both formal and backcountry park-like settings. At 102 mm underfoot, it’s floaty enough for the deep snow, but also retains that all-mountain versatility and is a surprising carver.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Aeroshape Wood
Ti Binding Reinforcement
Carbon Nose
All Mountain, Powder, Park

Dana Allen skied the 184 and noted that at 5’10”, it was a perfect length for him. Lots of high marks on the scorecard for Dana, with 5’s out of 5 given for versatility and overall impression, with the rest of the scores as 4’s. This is exactly the type of high-end scores we are accustomed to seeing in these skis, and it’s great that Dana has the same feedback. “The combination of the slightly lighter weight of the Ranger 102 FR versus the Ranger 108 Ti, along with the 19m radius, makes this a really nice easy to handle versatile ski. It will charge when asked to, but can also pop off moguls and land with stability. If mounted with a building like the Salomon Shift MNC this would be a great one ski quiver for resort or backcountry. Not the lightest setup, but actually usable in a variety of conditions. I’d buy this ski for retail. For reference I’ve owned the Ranger 108 Ti and the Hannibal 106 for backcountry, and this ski is a great middle ground between those skis.” That middle ground is something that they’ve been trying to hit for a while now, and these 102’s do it as good as any.

Brad Schauerman was on the 177, and that’s right in line with his Enforcer 100 length, so he found it to be right on the money as well. Straight 4’s across Brad’s scorecard, so like Dana, Brad found the 102 FR to be well-versed in all categories. “Awesome very fun ski! Closest thing I've found to my favorite Enforcer. Awesome all around. Able to carve well, make great short turns. Great in all types of snow on and off trail.” For a ski without a true metal laminate, this is an impressive compliment for the 102 FR in comparison to the dual-metal laminated Enforcer 100. David Wolfgang skied the 184 in the Pink color (same ski as Blue), and scored it all 4’s out of 5 except for a lone 3 in torsional stiffness and edge hold. It’s nice that someone brought this up, since that’s really all you’re missing with these skis, is that super-solid edge grip, especially on firmer snow. “Now I know why I see so many pink skis on the Mountain. This is versatile and playful ski. Quick edge to edge. Loves to carve the fall line. The tip initiates the turn with ease. Pink skis rule!” I also like how David notes that it’s quick from edge to edge, regardless of width, showing the true agility of these wider-bodied skis.

It’s just so hard to make a case against a ski like this. Sure, it’s not the hardest-charger out there, nor is it the best carver, even for its width, but the fact that it does a whole lot of all these attributes goes a very long way in setting the tone for the overall composure, poise, and potential of these skis. From early morning groomers to late day powder, and everything in between, the Fischer Ranger 102 FR is a fantastic ski for a wide range of skiers.

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