Ski: 2019-2020 Fischer Ranger 99Ti, 181 cm
Available Lengths: 174, 181, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 179.5 cm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1950 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1994 & 2011 grams
Stated Dimensions: 130-97-121 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 129.4-96.4-120.4 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius (181 cm): 18 meters
Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 58 mm / 28 mm
Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 4-5 mm
Core: wood + titanal (2 layers) + carbon nose + fiberglass laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.85 cm from center; 80.9 cm from tail
Fischer is overhauling their Ranger Ti series for 19/20, with brand-new shapes, molds, and constructions. We discussed many of the updates in our First Look of the Ranger 107Ti, but today we want to take a closer look at the middle ski in the new lineup, the Ranger 99Ti.
Shape / Rocker Profile
In terms of shape, the main difference between the Ranger 99Ti and the Ranger 98Ti that it replaces is in the tips. The Ranger 99Ti has a bit less tip taper, and its tips are a bit blockier and don’t taper to as much of a point as the Ranger 98Ti.
The previous Ranger Ti skis all used the same mold as the Ranger 108Ti, which meant they all had essentially the same rocker profile. The new skis have new molds tailored to each model, and while that difference does appear subtle, it’s worth touching on.
The Ranger 99Ti has slightly shallower tip and tail rocker lines compared to the Ranger 98Ti. The Ranger 99Ti still has a fairly deep tip rocker line for a ski of its width, but it’s not crazy. Like the Ranger 98Ti, the Ranger 99Ti has a moderately shallow tail rocker line, though it’s deeper than some skis in its class like the Blizzard Bonafide and Volkl Mantra M5.
Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ranger 99Ti:
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5
Like the new Ranger 107Ti, the Ranger 99Ti is a very strong ski. It’s not quite as stout as the 189 cm Ranger 107Ti, but the Ranger 99Ti is still stiffer than a lot of other ~100mm-wide skis on the market.
Compared to the Ranger 98Ti, the Ranger 99Ti is significantly stiffer in the tips and shovels, and a bit stiffer in the tails.
The old Ranger Ti skis were pretty light for their respective sizes. The new skis are much less so.
While its weight doesn’t stand out as much as the Ranger 107Ti’s, the Ranger 99Ti is significantly heavier than the Ranger 98Ti, and now comes a bit closer to other metal-laminate skis in its class when it comes to weight. The Ranger 99Ti still isn’t as heavy as more traditional skis like the Nordica Enforcer 100 and Blizzard Bonafide, but it comes in at a similar weight compared to some of the other new metal-laminate skis like the Armada Invictus 99 Ti and Atomic Vantage 97 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 and keep things apples-to-apples.
1629 & 1684 Elan Ripstick 96, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
1734 & 1750 Renoun Endurance 98, 184 cm (18/19)
1758 & 1774 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (18/19)
1800 & 1824 Luke Koppa’s Romp Skis 100, 183 cm (18/19)
1807 & 1833 Fischer Ranger 98Ti, 180 cm (16/17–18/19)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–19/20)
1894 & 1980 Black Crows Daemon, 183.6 cm (17/18–19/20)
1896 & 1919 Dynastar Legend X96, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
1921 & 1968 Head Kore 99, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
1925 & 1937 Liberty Helix 98, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
1937 & 1945 Fischer Ranger 94 FR, 184 cm (19/20)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–18/19)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–18/19)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19–19/20)
2050 & 2080 ON3P Wrenegade 96, 184 cm (18/19)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (16/17–18/19)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20)
Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About
(1) The Ranger 107Ti is a very heavy ski, but the Ranger 99Ti’s weight sits more in the middle of the spectrum. So how will the Ranger 99Ti, as a narrower, more firm-snow-oriented ski, fair in rough conditions?
(2) We found ourselves recommending the old Ranger 98Ti to people who were looking for a 50/50 ski that they could use in the resort and in the backcountry due to its low weight. Now that the Ranger 99Ti is notably heavier, will it stand out more as a dedicated inbounds ski?
(3) The Ranger 99Ti sits in the diverse and often versatile category of ~100mm-wide all-mountain skis. So how well will it serve as a 1-ski quiver, and how will it compare to the (very good) competition?
Bottom Line (For Now)
With the new Ranger 99Ti, Fischer seems to be saying “screw you” to industry trends by adding weight to the ski, rather than taking it out. This makes us excited and we’ll be getting the ski on snow very soon, so stay tuned for updates as we spend time on it.