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2020 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti Ski Review

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Fischer has really turned a corner over the past few years, and we here at SkiEssentials.com like what we see. With the addition of the Ranger FR series last year, they splintered the amazingly popular Ranger series into a couple of different factions. The FR (presumably Freeride) series gave us a more playful Ranger, with less metal and a turned-up tail. This all-mountain ski had versatility written all over it, and a new generation of Fischer fans flocked to see what the buzz was all about. This left the Ranger 98 Ti perhaps a little caught out in the dark, because it got a sweet makeover this year, morphing into the Ranger 99 Ti. Whereas the Ranger FR series dialed back the intensity a bit, the new 99 Ti ramps it right back up. There is now a much clearer distinction between the more off-piste oriented FR series and the now burlier and more responsive Ranger 99 Ti. Advanced and expert level skiers will love the newfound power and agility of the 2020 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti.

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The nuts and bolts of the ski aren't that much different from year's past; they've simply extended and widened the titanal laminate to increase the dampness and power. We're still getting the sandwich sidewall construction that delivers power and precision to the edge, and we still have the carbon nose that lightens the front of the ski and gives us fantastic maneuverability for such a stable ski. The tip is a bit less tapered than the Ranger 98 Ti of yesteryear, and while it'll still cut through the fresh quite nicely, it's a bit more piste-oriented of a tip shape, and therefore helps with turn initiation on flatter terrain. Although Fischer calls it the 99, they're stating a 97 mm waist width at the 181 cm length, indicating that the ski shape changes with the length in order to keep the turn radius uniform between sizes. As such, the 181, or the 174 for that matter, will ski narrower than the 188, and this puts you closer to a 95 mm waist than a 100, so for ski shoppers looking for a ~95 mm underfoot ski, make sure to put the Ranger 99 Ti on your list. Numbers and technology aside, how does it perform?

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It feels great on your feet as an initial reaction. It doesn't take long to realize that this is a beefier version of the previous Ranger 98 Ti, and that extra heft pays dividends as soon as you lay this thing on edge. The more traditional tip hooks up quicker than before, and the precision and power of the edge grip is noticeable and welcome, especially on firm snow. It feels like a much more trail-oriented ski when you're on the groomers, but don't let that stop you from taking this thing all over the mountain. The tail is flat on the end (and even has a skin notch) and it digs in and completes carves with aplomb. The metal laminate that extends towards the tail kicks into high gear at this point, and it rockets you out of one turn and right into the next. For a groomer and on-piste ski, the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti is taking direct aim at traditionalists like the Blizzard Bonafide and the Volkl M5 Mantra and is hitting a lot of the right notes.

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But this ski is meant to range. It's in the name, after all. The Ranger 99 Ti is built to handle any and all conditions. Off-piste, the carbon nose still does its job by leading the way through and around any tricky or technical spots. Simply point and shoot, and the Rangers follow the nose. The skis handle trees with exactitude-the tails keep you right on course thanks to their responsive nature. The tips are fun and floaty while the tails are very business-like. This translates well into good maneuverability in tight spaces, but the Ranger seems to be able to handle it easily, never balking or hesitating, but rather plowing right through. Whereas the Ranger FR series is more of the dancer, the Ranger 99 Ti has more battering-ram tendencies. We are thankful that Fischer has differentiated these models, as it makes it clearer as to the intended audience.

The new shape, rocker profile, and construction of the 2020 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti puts it right at the top of the wide all-mountain ski class. You could also call it a narrower freeride ski, but it is best not to get too caught up in labels, but rather enjoy the Ranger 99 Ti for what it is: a fun, powerful, and precise ski that can crush anything on any mountain. There are not a lot of skis out there that can stake that claim, and the Ranger 99 Ti plants itself squarely at the top of the conversation.

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Written by Bob St.Pierre on 05/02/19

12 thoughts on “2020 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti Ski Review

  1. Hello Guys,
    what is the positionned compared to the Bonafide ?
    i 'm good technical but light guy (72kg/155 lbs) last try with Bonafide was very good but tyring to bend.

    Do you think this ski could be a "ligher oprtion" ?

    thnaks

    JB (Used to ride rossignol 9GS ti 2013 and looking for a all mountain pair of ski)

    1. Hi JB!
      Yes, I'd say the Ranger 99 feels lighter and is easier to flex, especially in the tip and forebody of the ski. The Bonafide is beefier and more stable, but the Ranger has great energy through the turns. Have fun!
      SE

  2. How does the new Ranger series compare to the Mindbender series? Based on your description and the construction, seems like they're very similar to each other, especially in the 99 and 90 versions. Am I correct in my assumptions?

    1. JB,
      They're certainly aiming for about the same customer. I'd say the Ranger has a higher-performance feel and a more responsive tail than the K2's. While the Ranger 99 is a bit lighter than the K2 99, the K2 felt lighter on my feet due to the build and the swing weight. Hope that helps!
      SE

    1. Hi Hansjorg!
      The Ranger has a more race-like feel than the QST, thanks to the wider and longer metal laminate. You get a lot more power out of the turn with the Ranger as a result. It feels like it wants to plow through stuff rather than dance around it, like the QST does. This is not to say that the QST is soft or slouchy, but rather it prefers shorter turns and operates better at slower speeds while the Ranger takes a minute to get going. Both are fairly heavy and stable no matter what. Hope that helps!
      SE

    1. Hi Tom!
      On the groomers, the titanal frame and the overall build of the Mantra is more stable and consistent than the Ranger. The slightly narrower waist gets you a bit more torsional stiffness, but the stability at speed is pretty impressive. Ranger is a fantastic carver, for sure, but most of its power comes from the middle of the ski and through the tail, while the Mantra is more consistent tip to tail. Off-piste, the Ranger has a softer and lighter tip that makes it handle softer snow quite a bit better. The tip rocker is also more pronounced, making it a superior floater. That said, if you've got crud on top of groomers, the Mantra will plow through rather than float over, so it kind of depends on your ski style in that regard. In the moguls, I'd rather ski the Ranger, again due to the lighter and more maneuverable tip. They're comparable in stiffness from mid-body back, but the tip and forebody of the Ranger is better suited for moguls, even with a slightly wider waist. Have fun!
      SE

  3. Hey Guys,
    Trying to choose between the Fischer Ranger 99ti and the Ranger 94FR. Looking for a fun all mountain ski. I ski mostly on the West coast where conditions can get pretty heavy. I'm an advanced skier, 6'1" 205. Any advice as to what size and would be great too.

    1. Hi Mike!
      I'm a bit taller and heavier than you and I'm contemplating the 94 for my every day ski here in Stowe. It carves almost as well as the 99, but is more playful and maneuverable for our tighter trees. If I were out west with heavier snow and wider open terrain, I'd likely choose the 99. The nice thing about the 94 is that it comes in a 185, which would be a good length for you. At the 99, you're looking at either a 181 or a 188, so that muddles the picture a little bit. I don't think the 181 would be too short, nor do I think the 188 would be too long, so it comes down to your level of aggressiveness and desire for stability at speed. Hope that helps!
      SE

  4. Hey; struggling with which length/waist on the Ranger 99Ti to get. If I understand it right the waist on the 181 is smaller than the waist on the 188. What should I be considering in choosing between the two? I'm 6'2 210lbs, advanced and ski in the North West, preferably all mountain.

    1. Hi Mullypro!
      I'd go with the 188 at your size and stats. The 7 cm increase in length is more significant than the 2 mm in width, so I'd focus on getting the length right first. It's a fantastic ski at both 97 and 99 mm wide. Have fun!
      SE

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