Ski: 2019-2020 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm
Available Lengths: 175, 182, 189 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.7 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 2200 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2321 & 2335 grams
Stated Dimensions: 141-109-133 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 141.3-108.1-132.0 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (189 cm): 19 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 23 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm
Core: poplar + titanal (2 layers) + carbon nose + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -9.15 cm from center; 84.7 cm from tail
Fischer’s Ranger series has been around for a few years, and overall, we’ve been fans of the skis. The current Ranger 98 Ti and 108 Ti come in at fairly low weights that make them solid 50/50 options, and they seem particularly well suited to people who appreciate a properly carved turn, rather than sliding and surfing around.
For 19/20, Fischer is overhauling their Ranger series, and we’re pretty excited about the updates. Let’s take a closer look at the new Ranger 107 Ti to explain why.
The 19/20 Fischer Ranger Lineup
The “Ranger FR” line comes back with some minor updates and a new ski. The Ranger 102 FR returns unchanged (if you’ve read our review of that ski, you’ll know we’re happy about that), and so does the junior Fischer FR ski.
The Ranger 115 FR comes back with a bit less metal and a slightly softer flex pattern. Then Fischer is adding the Ranger 94 FR, which is a narrower version of the 102 FR, and is a ski that we’ll be talking about very soon.
Fischer’s “Ranger Ti” series sees the most dramatic updates, with all new shapes and constructions in the form of the new Ranger 92 Ti, Ranger 99 Ti, and Ranger 107 Ti (the Ranger 85 returns unchanged, apart from graphics).
The new “Ranger Ti” skis now each feature different rocker profiles, whereas the old Ranger Ti skis all shared the same rocker profile. This change makes a lot of sense — most people don’t want / need as much rocker on a 92mm-underfoot ski as they do on a 108mm-underfoot ski, or vice versa.
The new Ranger Ti skis also have a completely new core construction, which Fischer is calling “Air Carbon Ti 0.5.” Basically, it’s a full wood-core construction that has a carbon reinforcement over the nose / shovel, and then two layers of titanal. The top layer of titanal extends edge-to-edge in the middle, then tapers to a point as you move toward the tip and tail (in this regard, it’s similar to the titanal construction on the Blizzard Rustler and Sheeva series).
The old Ranger Ti skis only had a sheet of titanal underfoot to mostly help with binding retention. The new skis have more metal and new shapes. Fischer says this about the new Ranger 92 Ti, 99 Ti, and 107 Ti:
“Significantly stronger ski through the mid section to the tail. Improved on and off piste performance. Higher speed limit. Maintains the ease of entry into the turn. Stronger on edge performance. More fall line driven. Carbon and Ti transition zone improves flex points for better tip to mid section performance.”
Now that we have the skis in hand, let’s see how those updates actually look on the Ranger 107 Ti.
Shape / Rocker Profile
The most noticeable change in the Ranger 107 Ti’s shape was made to its shovels and tips. The Ranger 108 Ti doesn’t have a ton of tip taper, but the Ranger 107 Ti has even less. And the Ranger 107 Ti’s tip shape is a bit different — instead of smoothly tapering to a point, it’s more blunted and angular. In theory, this increases surface area for flotation in powder, and could also decrease tip deflection in rough snow. In the tail, the Ranger 107 Ti looks very similar to the Ranger 108 Ti — it’s still pretty minimally tapered, especially compared to skis like the K2 Mindbender 108Ti, Moment Commander 108, and Dynastar Legend X106.
The Ranger 107 Ti’s rocker profile looks very similar to the Ranger 108 Ti’s, which isn’t that surprising given that the current Ranger Ti skis’ rocker profiles are based on the Ranger 108 Ti’s. The Ranger 107 Ti still has a fairly moderate tip rocker line by today’s standards, and it has a fairly shallow, flat tail rocker line. The Ranger 107 Ti has the same tip splay as the Ranger 108 Ti, and a touch more tail splay (23 mm vs. 17 mm).
The Ranger 107 Ti’s shape and rocker profile aren’t that crazy, but this next characteristic kind of is…
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ranger 107 Ti:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
This ski is stiff. Like, really stiff. I can bend the shovels while hand flexing it, and to a slightly lesser degree, the tails. But the vast majority of this ski is very strong. To put it into perspective, I was borderline out of breath after hand-flexing this ski. Maybe that just means I need to get into better shape, but still, this ski is stiff.
The current Ranger 108 Ti is a fairly strong ski, but it’s nowhere near as stiff as the new Ranger 107 Ti.
Overall, the flex pattern of the Ranger 107 Ti reminds me of the Prior Husume — another ski that basically has no portions where it’s remotely soft. That said, the Ranger 107 Ti’s flex pattern feels like it has a bit more snap / rebound than the Husume’s, at least during a hand flex.
This is another big surprise. The current Ranger Ti skis are pretty light. The new Ranger Ti skis are not.
At a little over 2300 grams per ski for the 189 cm version, the Ranger 107 Ti clearly falls on the heavier end of the spectrum. While you do have to take into account the length differences, it’s still very surprising to see the new 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti coming in nearly 400 grams heavier per ski compared to the 182 cm Ranger 108 Ti.
For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.
1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1843 & 1847 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (17/18)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1898 & 1893 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (18/19)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1941 & 1965 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, 182 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (16/17–18/19)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 180 cm (19/20)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–8/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
The new Ranger 107 Ti shares a lot in common with some other all-mountain chargers, but its stated sidecut radius does set it apart from most of those skis. At 19 meters, the 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti’s sidecut radius is moderately long, but not nearly as long as the sidecut radii on skis like the Blizzard Cochise, ON3P Wrenegade, and Prior Husume. Granted, we don’t put that much stock into stated sidecut radii, but the difference here is large enough that we think it’s worth noting and keeping in mind during our testing.
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The current Ranger Ti skis stand out due to their great carving performance, so will the new Ranger 107 Ti maintain that characteristic?
(2) The new Ranger 107 Ti is a very strong, heavy ski with a pretty moderate rocker profile. So how demanding will it feel, and will you have to be an expert skier to enjoy it?
(3) The Ranger 107 Ti now looks like it falls more in line with true “chargers” than lighter 50/50 skis, so how will the Ranger 107 Ti compare to skis like the Blizzard Cochise, ON3P Wrenegade 108, and Prior Husume?
Bottom Line (For Now)
While its shape and rocker profile aren’t that different from the Ranger 108 Ti, everything else about the new Fischer Ranger 107 Ti makes it look like a very different ski than the one it replaces. We’re very eager to get the ski on snow to experience the result, so stay tuned for updates.