Ski: 2020-2021 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm
Test Locations: Crested Butte & Aspen, CO; Jackson Hole, WY
Days Skied: 15
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
Reviewer: 5’10”, ~180 lbs
Boots / Bindings: Salomon S/Max 130 Carbon; Full Tilt First Chair / Tyrolia AAAttack2 13 AT
[Note: Our review was conducted on the 19/20 Ranger 107 Ti, which returns unchanged for 20/21.]
Fischer’s Ranger series has been around for a few years, and overall, we’ve been fans of the skis. The old Ranger 98 Ti and 108 Ti came in at fairly low weights that made them solid 50/50 options, and they seemed particularly well suited to people who appreciate a properly carved turn, rather than sliding and surfing around.
For the 19/20 season, Fischer overhauled their Ranger series, and we were 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
While the Ranger 108 Ti did not have a ton of tip taper, the new 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 fairly short, and 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 because of 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.
In soft snow, the Ranger is 107 Ti is definitely not some surfy ski. Rather, it emphasizes power over playfulness across the spectrum of soft snow conditions I’ve had it in, and it remains highly composed and always feels very directional. Its large, fairly strong shovels help keep the front end from diving, but are more likely to blast through inconsistencies in the snow rather than rise above and over them. This ski excels when pointed down the fall line in soft snow, so if you like to spend a lot of time sideways in pow, you will be fighting the natural inclination of the Ranger 107 Ti.
This isn’t a ski that affords you much “pop” when you can’t push off the bottom. But it does allow you to put down the landing gear with authority and stomp stuff in a big way. No need to backslap in soft snow here.
An unexpected characteristic of the Ranger 107 Ti compared to other skis with similar construction and weight was that I didn’t feel the need to hit 25 mph in soft snow before they would begin to plane or come alive. The 107 Ti was quick to get up to speed, and was happy to wiggle as much as it was to arc big turns in soft snow. This was a very welcome counterpoint to its general lack of playfulness, enabling it to work more effectively as an everyday resort ski.
Skiing the 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti, I think you’d need to be a very large and very angry human to begin to find this ski’s speed limit in soft snow. Generally, this is going to be a ski that skis “big” compared to its overall length.
So while this is not the first ski I would reach for on epic deep days or in very light and dry powder, with 6-12” of new snow overnight, for directional skiers who like strong skis, I am willing to wager that the Ranger 107 Ti will put a smile on your face all day while effortlessly dealing with whatever you might run into that’s still hiding deeper in the snowpack.
Chop / Crud
While I like the overall performance of the Ranger 107 Ti in soft snow, it is in chop, crud, windblown, and other textured snow where the Ranger 107 Ti truly shines, and in my opinion, why I find it to be so enjoyable as an everyday resort ski. Its 189 cm length, ~2300 g weight, two partial layers of metal, and powerful flex make quick work of snow inconsistencies you so often find off piste between storms.
I’d say that the magic of the 107 Ti comes from its progressive flex. Stiff throughout, the ski progressively grows into more of an oak tree the further away from the tips you get. So while every part of this ski has the muscle to deal with variable snow conditions, it won’t beat you up or buck you around as you drive the ski through the tips and encounter soft variable snow the way a softer-flexing ski can. You can drive the shovels without devoting too much of your brain’s RAM to managing your body positioning in those moments when you encounter something solid.
Overall, the Ranger 107 Ti is a lively ski with good suspension and controlled rebound characteristics. But the firmer the snow, the harsher the ride is going to be. While big and heavy, this is still a stiff ski throughout, and when you really try to attack the hill in firmer, chalky, or refrozen conditions, you need to stay on top of the ski to keep it from getting away from you. And if it does get away from you, this is a ski that’s going to buck you back, rather than forward.
The silky smooth ride that you get from a ski that has a combination of solid weight, metal, and a less-stiff flex pattern (e.g., J Skis The Metal) isn’t quite here. The Ranger 107 Ti is definitely faster and more powerful, but this is still a lively ski at heart, and one that wants to be driven rather than ridden.
Moguls, Trees, & Tight Terrain
As a wise man once sang, “The further on the edge, the hotter the intensiteee-eeee.”
The Ranger 107 Ti doesn’t know much about slarving, but it does know a lot about arcing a turn around obstacles. Yes, it will slash and slide sideways in tight terrain, around trees, and other stationary objects, but it would much prefer you to put it on edge while you make jet plane noises.
With a tight 19 meter sidecut radius, the 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti isn’t a ski you need to shoehorn into tight spaces. For its substantial weight, I would dare to call it “quick” edge to edge, and swinging the tips across the fall line to change direction is only hindered by the skis overall length. If you get into places where you really are making jump turns and the like, the 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti will be a handful. But navigating normal levels of “tight” terrain is very easy for a ski this powerful.
So for someone who is looking for a lively and powerful ski, the stiff flex pattern of the 107 Ti will help hold you up when you stuff it into the back of a mogul. But remember, that stiff flex, long length, and high amount of edge grip will also make it more difficult to disengage this ski if it starts to get away from you. The “throw it sideways only as a safety valve” nature of this ski makes it a bit more work to turn than a softer flexing, more rockered ski, so I wouldn’t classify the Ranger 107 Ti as very forgiving of mistakes.
The Ranger 107 Ti’s groomer performance was by far the biggest and best surprise I experienced while testing this ski. To put it simply, it made me feel like I knew what I was doing on a groomed run. It definitely retains the excellent groomer performance of the previous 108 Ti. Easy initiation, great edge hold, a ton of energy exiting turns, and extremely confidence inspiring. Put this ski on edge and enjoy the grip.
On all but the most boilerplate of firm snow, it was the ligaments in my knees that would tap out before the edge hold of the ski would fail. With a moderate rocker profile, powerful but accessible shovel, and very stout tails, I could snap the Ranger 107 Ti in and out of turns with an authority that I don’t normally associate with skis over 100 mm wide.
Typically, I prefer to aggressively de-tune my skis, but the 107 Ti is one where I would make an effort to keep it sharp. As several of us at Blister put more and more days on our review pair and the ski’s edges got more worked, I could feel a bit of the ski’s groomer magic leaving it. So if you care about carving performance (as opposed to a looser feel off-piste) … this is a ski that I would keep a nice tune on since it’s just so good when you do.
The Ranger 107 Ti’s recommended mount point is -9.15 cm from center, or 84.7 cm from tail. In that location, it carries the vibe of a very directional ski.
I typically ski with a rather forward stance, and prefer a more traditional mount point, and the Ranger 107 Ti and I got along great in this regard. Pointing the ski off rollers, cliffs, and other obstacles was straightforward and without drama. Stay compact and tight in the air, and your center of gravity will bring you back to earth safely without much effort. If you take off in the back seat or open up in the air, you will find it more of a challenge to get forward again over the front of the ski, so be prepared to roll down the windows with enthusiasm in the process.
The 189 cm model we’ve reviewed still has a bunch of tail out back, but this is not a ski that initiates a turn by pivoting from the center. You drive the shovel of the Ranger 107 Ti to get it headed in the direction of your choosing.
This does require you to commit to a turn with the ski in the fall line when things get tight or steep, so if you are someone who prefers to pivot and slide their skis in such situations, or you like to ski with a more upright / neutral stance, you will probably find the Ranger 107 Ti to be a handful.
The Ranger 107 Ti is here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and it’s all out of bubblegum.
If you like to butter, shifty, spraffy, and generally hoon around the mountain, go get some other ski. And sure, I can think of some other skis that are even less playful, but that’s not really the point here. The Ranger 107 Ti is a high energy and lively ski, but it manifests that energy and liveliness as a powerful (and again, relatively quick ski given how powerful it is), not a playful one.
I’m a big fan of the 189 cm version. But given its minimal taper and subtle rocker profile, this is a long ski. While we haven’t skied the 107 Ti in a shorter length, I suspect that for many people, the 182 cm model is going to provide the stability and security you need, and will feel more like a ~185 cm long ski than you might expect.
Given its tight sidecut radius, its general willingness to get on edge quickly, and the fact that I found that I could still make the ski conform to the turn shapes I wanted to make, I would say that the Ranger 107 Ti does fall into that category of skis that you can size up (if you are so inclined) relative to the size (and openess) of the terrain you’ll be skiing most. It skis like a longer ski than it is, but its relative quickness (for how big and heavy it is) affords the opportunity to size up.
Who’s It For?
If you like lively, stiff, directional skis that stay composed at high speeds, eat up variable terrain, and prefer / need to be actively driven, then this ski should be on your radar. And even more so if you like to ski a variety of terrain all over the mountain, and can take advantage of the ski’s groomer performance and precision, too.
I would not in any way categorize this as a ski for beginners.
But if you enjoy a ski that you need to drive and say on top of, it can be very rewarding. I think that it could be an excellent foundation for a 1 or 2 ski quiver, and I would ski it at any resort in North America (including the US East Coast, where I grew up).
I’ve found the Ranger 107 Ti to be such an intriguing option because it didn’t force me to choose between being highly engaging at either just low or high speeds. Traditionally, those long, heavy, metal laminate skis that I enjoy most come with big sidecut radii and a minimum speed you need to get them up to for them to become enjoyable. The Ranger 107 Ti did a fantastic job of bridging the gap between a ski that can be fun on both the frontside and the backside of the mountain.
The Ranger 107 Ti is a stout ski for the person looking for precision, power, and exceptional edge hold in their wider all-mountain ski. For such a skier, I would call this a true everyday, inbounds ski in the west. It has the weight, stiff flex pattern, and relatively versatile dimensions to handle groomers, chalky conditions, and soft snow without missing a beat. Skiers who attack the fall line at high rates of speed and appreciate the ability to easily articulate a ski on edge will find themselves right at home here.
And don’t let the 19 m sidecut radius scare you away. While it’s energetic, powerful, and easy to initiate turns, the 107 Ti doesn’t force you into just making small turn shapes the way some small-radius skis can. There is still enough heft here for this ski to be very comfortable and stable when going very straight and very fast.
Finally, stay tuned for an upcoming Deep Dive comparison where we’ll discuss how the Ranger 107 Ti stacks up to some of the other skis in its class.