2023 Fischer Ranger 102 Skis
Fischer Ranger 102 Skis
The Fisher Ranger 102 will catch your eye immediately with its powder blue graphics that look fast standing still in the lift line. The 102 isn't just all about a poppy color scheme, it performs as well as looks. Its' very versatile and with 102- millimeter waist, this ski can carve as well as it floats. Thanks to its unique Freeski Rocker profile, camber underfoot allows this ski to grip and rip on the groomers, but the splayed tips and tails make this ski a great floater as well. A combination of Beech and Poplar woods gives the 102 some dampness and pop. A shaped rib of Titanal keeps the 102 stable and smooth when you get it up to Mach speeds, whether you are charging through fresh powder, cut up, day old snow or wind effected slab. A western quiver of one ski for sure, it's very agile and easy to control and excels in any terrain or condition that comes its way. This would also be a great eastern driver when Mother Nature delivers some fresh snow, or when you are skiing chopped up conditions. Advanced and expert skiers will love the versatility, and high-performance levels of the Fischer Ranger 102. Just don't be surprised if you start turning heads in the lift lines and under that Hollywood chair as you leave your mark on the mountain.
- Sidecut: 137/102/127 mm at 176 cm length
- Turn Radius: 18 meters at 176 cm
- Weight: 2150 grams at 176 cm
- Beech/ Poplar Wood Core
- Shaped Titanal 0.5
- Sandwich Sidewall Construction
- Sintered base
- Ability Level: Advanced to Expert Skiers
I found the Ranger 102 to be more flexible in the tips and tails than the Enforcer, but about equal underfoot in terms of torsional stiffness and edge grip. If you're only using these skis for softer snow, I think the Ranger is more approachable, but lacks the top gear of the Enforcer 104 Free. I don't think you'll find the same performance on firmer snow as the Enforcer.
The 102 is redesigned for this year with new construction and a new weight.
Our SE Tester staff actually had a hand in the development of this ski.
I will never talk anyone out of buying more skis, even if they're similar. I do find the flex of the Pink to be quite different than that of the new 102--it's stiffer in the nose while the new 102 is damper underfoot, but more playful in the tips and tails.
Also, with the added weight, would you recommend these as a good pairing with Shifts for an uphill setup?
It's not much a of weight difference, a few hundred grams. The new model is a bit quicker edge to edge and a tad stiffer.
Shifts would be the ideal binding for this ski for an uphill/downhill do it all set up.
The 2023 version has a bit more metal in its forebody, so its damper and will plow through chop better than the previous version. Its also a great floater, with its 102 waist width and rocker profile profile for the pow.
The good news is that pretty much anything in that 102 range is going to be great in 12+, snowy woods, and powder bumps. If you're looking to retain quickness and maneuverability, the Stockli is more precise and reactive while the Ranger is driftier and looser. While the overall performance of the Stockli is higher, smoother, and quieter, the Ranger sounds like a slightly better fit for your specific application. The question then becomes, whether you want that Ranger for the non-powder times as much as the Stockli, and for me, the answer would be no.
The quality and composure of the Stockli is just off the charts. This is a compliment to the Stockli, not a knock against the Ranger. I think the Stockli is a bit more consistent from tip to tail while the Ranger's tips and tails are lighter and more flexible to increase flotation and playfulness.
How would you compare this new 102 to the Blizzard Rustler 10?
A very interesting process for sure!
The new 102 has a lot more in common with the Rustler 10 than the outgoing 102 FR. Metal placement is the big similarity here, with the plate extending up from the middle of the ski, but not all the way, leaving the tips and tails lighter, more flexible, and more maneuverable versus the Carbon nose and Aeroshape core of the outgoing 102 FR. This allows the new 102 to bend more appropriately with the conditions and terrain while keeping the underfoot zone stout and strong. Those tips and tails of the new 102 are a bit more flexible than the Rustler's, mainly due to the lack of carbon. This makes the new Ranger more agreeable to changing conditions and terrain, even within a turn, making it more supple and damp than the Rustler's slightly more choppy feel in the ends. Hope that helps!
6', 230 lbs.
I think that 102 fits the bill quite nicely. Easy enough to chase the kids around while being sturdy enough to handle some rugged skiing for sure. I'd go with the 183 in that ski, and we likely won't see a demo until next year. Have fun!
It sure does! If you could write it up for the Fischer catalog, I don't think they could do better.
The Ranger 102 or the new Rossignol Sender 104 Ti?
How does they feel? Have you tried the new ross?
I have the Hero Elite LT now, but i need more pairs.
Thanks for answer!
Sender 104 feels like a more traditional ski while the Ranger 102 has a slightly more flexible shovel and tail while being stiff underfoot. The Rossignol likes to be rolled edge to edge on groomers, and plows through crud and chop while the Ranger is a bit more nimble. Have fun!
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I think you can go the same route--I even found the tail of the new 102 to be a bit more slashy/smeary than the 102FR. My only caution is that the metal plate underfoot does line up with the mount line, so the performance may be a bit different. Have fun!
The new Ranger 102 has a more flexible tip and tail, while being a bit damper underfoot. it does feel more directional than the pink 102, allowing the ski to flex a bit more naturally with the terrain. I'd take a strong look at the new Ranger if you're looking to mix it up a bit. Have fun!
- Fischer Ranger 102 (2023)
- Salomon QST 106 (I've heard the 2023 is a little more playful/light than the 2022, so I lean that way)
- Line Sick Day 104 (haven't heard anything about the new Blade Optic that is replacing the Sick Days)
- Liberty Origin 101
Any insight or thoughts on my dilemma here? I feel like I'm in data/info purgatory and may just need to see if I can get out and demo these bad boys. Thanks SE team!
There is a lot of stuff out there for sure. Check out our 2023 QST 106 review on YT to further the confusion! Great skis, and a whole lot of fun. New Ranger is very well-rounded but kind of non-descript. I think Origin falls on the softer side like the Atomic. Sick Day was a ton of fun, and I skied Optic 96 this morning--really awesome! Will get on wider next week. Also do not overlook Enforcer 104 Unlimited.
I think we liked the more twin-tippy Ranger 102 FR comparison to the Origin, and while the new Ranger 102 has some good tail splay, it's not as much of a twin tip in the freestyle sense like the Origin. I'd say there's more freestyle influence in the old 102 FR, and that's what drew the comparison.
Can I say SR102? I think the 88 and 95 are on the close side, and if you've got a 102 on your list, I'd just complete the Stockli/Kastle circuit. I think 102 makes more sense (Ranger or Stormrider) than any 95, really. Hope that helps!
The Ranger 96 is the key to it all. I think the 102 is on the wide and rockered side for short carved turns on hard groomers, and the QST feels similar. I'd go with the 96. Have fun!