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2021 Fischer Ranger 92 Ti Ski Review

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Today, we’re going to take a closer look at a different Fischer ski, the Ranger 92 Ti. Over the past year or so, we’ve looked at a lot of different Fischer skis, but not the 92. If you’re familiar with the Ranger line, the 92 follows the same trends in shape and construction as the 99 and 107. It uses relatively long tip rocker and Fischer’s Carbon Nose technology, with a flatter, less-rockered tail than we see on skis like the 102 and 94 FR. There’s also more metal in these skis compared to the FR versions, hence the “Ti” in the ski’s name. Fischer’s Aeroshape construction keeps the weight down too, lighter than most skis that include this much metal. The 178 cm ski comes in at 1850 g. Lighter than many, although heavier than things like dedicated touring skis.

AT A GLANCE


2021 Fischer 92 Ti Skis



AVAILABLE SIZES

TURN RADIUS

SIDECUT

CORE

STRENGTHS

171, 178, 185 cm

17 m at 178 cm

126 / 91 / 116 mm

Aeroshape Woodcore and Partial Metal

Versatility, Flotation, Stability


The easiest and perhaps the best way to describe the Ranger 92 is that it’s an extremely well-rounded all-mountain ski. In fact, I think you could make an argument that it’s the most versatile ski for different terrain and snow conditions that Fischer makes, and I think you’d probably win that argument. Why then, does it seem to fly under the radar? Skiers seem to gravitate to wider skis, or narrower skis. That sounds like it doesn’t make sense, but what we’re really saying is it’s easy to focus on skis that stand out in a particular way. Most powerful, lightest, most playful, those are all superlatives that skiers pay attention to. Although the Ranger 92 isn’t achieving “best of” status in any particular application, its ability to perform at a high level literally anywhere you take it makes it an extremely valuable ski and that performance is something that a lot of skiers would benefit from.

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Let’s start with groomers, edge grip, and stability at speed. Is it the best in those categories? No, I think it’s fair to say it’s not. Skis like the Kastle MX88, Blizzard Brahma, and others with more metal and a longer effective edge are going to feel more powerful and hold an edge a little better on firm snow. That said, the Ranger 92 is still really, really good at that, and it’s wider than most of those skis I’m referring to. In other words, not many skiers will push this ski past its limits in terms of edge grip and stability at speed. For a 92 mm width ski, it has really good torsional stiffness. I pushed it as hard as I could on relatively firm snow and only once felt my outside ski washing out a little, but I chalk that up to user-error rather than the ski’s inability to hold an edge. The flatter tail compared to the FR Rangers definitely has a more responsive, snappy feel when linking carving turns, which is nice. It also increases overall stability and allows the ski to track really well through choppy snow. Those snow conditions are where the Ranger 92 really shines and leaves those narrower skis like the Brahma and MX88 feeling a little catchier and more bogged down at times. I give a lot of credit to the tip shape of the Ranger 92 for this. It increases the ski’s overall float, and gets you planing on top of the snow more easily. We talk a lot about whether a ski feels like it wants to charge through snow or stay on top of it, and the Ranger 92 is kind of a mix of both. The tip keeps you on top, but then the tail of the ski just knifes through softer, choppy snow conditions, retaining that strong, responsive feel.

Although it doesn’t have as much tail rocker as the Ranger 94 FR, it’s still really maneuverable too, especially if we were to again compare it to skis like the Brahma or MX88. Releasing the tail edge is a lot more easy on the Ranger 92, which makes it more maneuverable, more forgiving, and more approachable for a slightly lower level skier. In fact, I think quick turns is one of the highlights of the Ranger 92. Some of that is due to the fact the 178 cm length I was skiing has a 17 m turn radius. Largely, however, I think it’s thanks to the lighter swing weight and the subtle amount of rise in the tail of the ski. It’s not hooky back there, rather swings around smoothly and intuitively. Again, it’s not as loose as the Ranger 94, and if you’re taking it into tight, technical terrain, it does require a more skilled skier, but it’s also not exceptionally demanding or punishing, which is really nice.

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Another interesting application for the Ranger 92 would be a hybrid resort/touring ski. The 1850 g weight is certainly light enough to slap a binding on it like the Shift or Duke PT. Fischer includes the little skin attachment point on the tail of the ski that’s found on just about every Ranger model, so you know the engineers are keeping touring in mind when finishing this ski. Its versatility for different snow conditions would also make it really good in the backcountry. I could see it being a perfect choice for an eastern skier who likes skiing technical backcountry lines like in the NH White Mountains. Good float, good soft snow versatility, but good bite and edge grip too, which is really important for safety in terrain like that.

All in all, the Ranger 92 Ti is an excellent ski, and it’s almost disappointing to see it not get much attention among the ski community. Sometimes we test skis like this and come away just kind of shaking our heads saying “why don’t you see more of these on the hill?” and that’s a perfect way to describe the Ranger 92 Ti. I (Jeff) skied the 178 cm, Bob skied the 185 cm, and we both had a blast on them. Neither of us found significant limitations, the ski adapted to our different skiing styles without issue, and we both had a very rewarding couple of days on the Ranger 92 Ti.

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Written by Jeff Neagle on 12/24/20

2 thoughts on “2021 Fischer Ranger 92 Ti Ski Review

  1. Nice review! I would be interested in knowing Bob’s weight and height. I know, that’s a weird question, but it really seems that most ski testers seem to be on the lighter side and that does play into the length question for is heavier advanced skiers. Thanks!

    1. HI MT Bill!
      I'm 6/2 225 and was on the 185. As the longest length available in that ski, It was fine! Jeff's 5/9 and 145ish and was on the 177. Normally I'm on a ski from 185-191. Check out our ski tests over the years as we do have tester profiles with heights and weights!
      SE/Bob

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