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2020 Fischer Skis Preview

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Here on SkiEssentials.com, we've already looked at a lot of exciting new 2020 skis. This article continues that theme, and this time the focus is Fischer. Fischer has a lot going on for next season, including two mostly-revamped Ranger lines and a whole new RC One all mountain series. We've known about these skis for over two months now and are excited to start sharing some info. Back in early December, we met up with Mike Hattrup and the Fischer crew at Stowe to do some testing. Mike Hattrup, now US Alpine Product Manager for Fischer, has been a hugely influential figure in the ski industry for a long time. From his skiing in Greg Stump films to his more recent product development, it's safe to say the sport and industry wouldn't be the same without him. We saw Mike again at the Outdoor Retailer trade show, and asked him to walk us through some of the new skis. Check out the video on this article for Mike's thoughts on some of the new Fischer skis for 2020. You'll also get to see some action from our ski day back in December!

We're going to follow this article and video up with more in-depth review on individual Fischer models, but for now we'll summarize some of the changes. The Ranger FR collection has been updated and expanded. The widest in the collection, the Ranger 115 FR, had some metal trimmed out of the ski in the underfoot area. This should help the ski be more accessible and a little more forgiving overall. Mike mentioned that, at times, the previous version was a bit much. It was great in wide open terrain, but required a lot of skier input when you needed to make quick movements. The Ranger 102 FR, which you can read a full review of here on Chairlift Chat, is one of the few skis that's back unchanged for 2020. The 115 and 102 are now joined by a Ranger 94 FR. The 94 feels a lot like the 102, but it's quicker edge to edge and arguably more versatile, depending on where and what you ski. All of these skis are designed to be more playful than the Ranger Ti collection. Easier to release the tail edge, a little more maneuverable in tight terrain, and a more playful feel overall. The Ranger FR, a "tweener" freeride ski, is also back unchanged for 2020.

  • 2020 Fischer Skis Preview - 2020 Fischer Ranger FR Skis

    2020 Fischer Ranger FR skis

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    2020 Fischer Ranger skis

  • 2020 Fischer Skis Preview - 2020 Fischer Ranger Skis 2

    A slightly different look at the 2020 Fischer Ranger lineup

  • 2020 Fischer Skis Preview - 2020 Fischer RC One Skis

    2020 Fischer RC One ski series

  • 2020 Fischer Skis Preview - 2020 Fischer Touring Skis

    Fischer's line of 2020 touring skis

  • 2020 Fischer Skis Preview - 2020 Fischer Core Constructions

    Finally: a look at Fischer's core constructions for 2020

The Ranger Ti skis are all completely new for 2020, with the exception of the Ranger 85. These skis are directional and designed to be more powerful and damper than the FR group. There's now a Ranger 92 Ti, Ranger 99 Ti, and Ranger 107 Ti. These new Ranger Ti skis have more metal than in previous years. The metal is now wider underfoot, and extends further into the tip and tail of the ski. The rocker profile and early taper design is also now more tailored to each model. Out of these 3 new skis, the 92 has the least rocker and early taper, while the 107 has the most. These skis rip, but they're also not too demanding. In the video, you can see Mike comparing the construction of the Ti and Fr group on skis with clear top sheets. Where the metal is positioned into the skis and how it meets and integrates into their carbon tip gives them a powerful feel, while feeling lighter on your feet and more maneuverable than a lot of skis out there.

The Pro Mountain series has now been replaced by RC One. We get a 78 GT, 82 GT, and an 86 GT. The 86 GT is particularly interesting as it gets the same metal seen in their race skis and it now has a heavier, denser beech and poplar wood core than the ski is replaces. We've had multiple chances to test the 86 GT, along with the rest of the skis in this article, and we're excited to share more details about its performance in a full review soon. All the RC One skis also have a new tip design. By using a material popular in sail construction, Fischer has taken weight out of the tip of the ski, but retained its torsional stiffness. A lighter tip doesn't develop as much oscillation, and by retaining torsional stiffness, but keeping the ski quitter, it's increasing edge grip, dampness, and the overall stability of the ski. The RC One skis carve like a dream, but they also don't feel like totally dedicated carving skis. Considering its power, we found the 86 GT to be surprisingly user-friendly in different snow conditions.

Overall, we're really impressed with the design and quality of these new skis from Fischer. Keep your eyes out for more in-depth reviews of Fischer Ranger and RC One skis, we'll be releasing them throughout the remainder of the season. Fischer is our sponsor for the April SkiHappy Photo contest, so you may get a chance to win one of these new skis. We'll have more information about that down the road. For now, check out the video with Mike Hattrup, and we'll see you on the slopes!

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 02/21/19

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  1. I currently have the 16'/17' Pro Mountain 86ti which I am looking to replace (probably go to rock status even though they're not that bad). I really liked the PM in 3"-5" of fresh but, after adding the Head Rally's to my quiver, I found that I much prefer those in western hard snow/groomers. I am intrigued by the RCOne 86ti for the narrow all mountain space in my four ski quiver. It sounds like the RCOne might do better on the groomers and hopefully would be as good as the PM86ti in boot deep snow.
    I'm really looking forward to your review of this ski. My question is if the lengths are going to be the same as the PM's. I currently ski the 182 which is a great length for me.
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Scott!

      You still get a 182! The length breakdown on the RC One 86 GT is 161, 168, 175, 182. It's a super fun ski, would be a really good replacement to your PM 86. Basically improves upon that ski in just about every single scenario you can think of. I was very impressed by it.

      SE

  2. I have been skiing the Ranger 98 188 length over the last couple of years and have found it to be a fantastic all mountain ski,in all conditions. One of the attributes of this ski that I particularly enjoy is the light weight of the ski,and its ability to excel in everything from groomers to crud and Ice I ski over 130 days a year so a ski with a light swing weight is important to keeping my stamina level up,to ski 7 days a week.I have heard that they have removed the Air Tec Technology from the 2020 ski model and they have "Beefed it up" which is now a Ranger 99. My question is how much more do the skies now weigh,and are the new 99"s as versatile as the old 98"s.I weigh 230 lbs and I am a very Accomplished Carver.I chose the Fishers in the past because of the weight advantage over the Nordica Enforcer,and the Blizzard,and found that they where also easier on my body fatigue.How have you found the difference in performance from the old 98 to the 99"s?

  3. I am interested in the RC One as well in 182 cm, must be a Scott thing. When will you have some in the store or for demo? Will there be a review?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Sam!

      They did "beef up" these new Ranger Ti skis a little bit, but they still feel quite a bit lighter than a lot of skis in this category. We're going to dive deeper into the details when we release a full review of the new Ranger 99 Ti, but I expect most people who were on a Ranger in the past are really going to enjoy the changes to the new skis. Still a weight advantage over the Enforcer, Bonafide, etc, still less fatiguing than those skis, just a little more edge grip, vibration damping, and slightly more power. Keep your eyes out for a full review!

      SE

      1. Hi Scott!

        As of now, we don't believe we're going to see any early, but we'll keep everyone posted. There will definitely be a review, however, probably sometime in March.

        SE

  4. Any comparisons between the RC One GT 86 and the new Volkl Deacon 84? Any other recommendations in the 'wider strong carver, but is still good in bumps, variable snow' categories? I love the Stockli AX, but wish it were a bit wider for daily use instructing in Colorado (I know they releasing a Laser AR which fits the bill, just not the budget).
    Thanks

    1. Hi Antony!

      In my opinion the Deacon 84 feels more focused on specifically carving performance, while the 86 GT performs more like an all mountain ski. I know that's kinda vague, but that was my reaction to those skis. I love the Deacon 84 feel on firm snow, but it doesn't feel quite as versatile or as maneuverable in softer snow conditions and un-groomed terrain.

      SE

  5. Hi SE!

    Wow, the new Fischer RC One GT86 looks very interesting. In a comparison with the Völkl RTM 84, what do you say in terms of firm/ice edge grip and high speed stability vs general on piste manouverability/versatility?
    I'm 6'1", 190lbs and I ski relatively aggressive so if I go RTM 84 I think 177 cm would be the best, most allround choice, turn shape wise. What would be the corresponding lenght of the GT86 in your opinion?

    Thanks guys!

    Jonas

    1. Hi Jonas!
      You'll likely find a lot more similarities than differences in the RC One and the RTM. I'd say the sidewall of the Fischer is a bit more aggressive, versus the 3D Ridge design of the RTM 84, so my guess is that the Fischer will act more like a race ski whereas the RTM is a high-end recreational carving ski. I'd say that ~177 cm range is proper for you! Have fun!
      SE

  6. Hi SE!

    I am interested in the Fischer Ranger 115 fr ski! I am 45 years old & of course less nimble & aggressive than I was 20 years ago. How significant would you say the 2020 changes are to the overall performance & forgiveness of the 115 model? At 5'9" & over 220 lbs, can I hopefully get by with the 178 cm model, or do you recommend the 188 instead? Going this long kind of concerns me with this ski having a more GS oriented radius. I am hoping that the 10 cm shorter length will add a little overall playfulness to what otherwise may be somewhat of a demanding ski?

    Lastly, how does say the 115 Ranger compare to the Armada ARV 116 JJ? I reckon the JJ to be quite softer in tip & tail. How might these differences effect overall performance between the two skis/manufacturers? With the shorter rated turn radius of the JJ and it's more exaggerated tail & tip rocker, I don't feel as concerned to go with say the longer 185 cm version in this model. Am I correct in these assumptions!?

    Thank you in advance!

    Respectfully,
    Jefferson

    P. S. I live in Idaho & also ski the Völkl RTM86 in a 172 & a Nordica Enforcer 100 in the 177 cm model. Really like both of these skis for what they are aimed for.

    1. Hi Jefferson!

      Although the changes are pretty subtle, it is going to change the feel of the ski quite a bit. Much less planky than before, and more forgiving in a wide range of terrain. I wouldn't say you'd need to get the 188 cm. The 188 cm is a lot taller than you, which can be a bit much, especially if you're used to the lengths you've been on. At 115 underfoot, the 178 cm length will still give you plenty of float in the deep stuff.

      You're spot on about the differences between the Ranger 115 and the JJ. Softer flex in the JJ, more rocker, and more early taper as well. It skis a little shorter, and is super maneuverable, but you lose a little bit of the stability of the Ranger. I think at your weight a 178 cm Ranger makes more sense than a 185 cm JJ. Does that make sense?

      Hope that helps!

      SE

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