2021-2022 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti

Ski: 2021-2022 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm

Test Locations: Crested Butte & Summit County, Colorado

Days Skied: ~11

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: poplar + titanal (2 layers) + carbon nose + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -8.85 cm from center; 80.9 cm from tail

Boots / Bindings: Dalbello Lupo SP I.D.; Dalbello Lupo Pro HD / Tyrolia AAAttack2 13 AT

[Note: Our review was conducted on the 19/20 Ranger 99 Ti, which returns unchanged for 20/21 and 21/22, apart from graphics.]

Luke Koppa reviews the Fischer Ranger 99Ti for Blister
Fischer Ranger 99Ti, 19/20 Graphics
Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Full Review //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics


Fischer overhauled 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 now we want to take a closer look at the middle ski in the new lineup, the Ranger 99 Ti.

Shape / Rocker Profile

In terms of shape, the main difference between the Ranger 99 Ti and the Ranger 98Ti that it replaces is in the tips. The Ranger 99 Ti 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 98 Ti.

The previous Ranger Ti skis all used the same mold as the Ranger 108 Ti, 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 99 Ti has slightly shallower tip and tail rocker lines compared to the Ranger 98 Ti. The Ranger 99 Ti still has a fairly deep tip rocker line for a ski of its width, but it’s not crazy. Like the Ranger 98 Ti, the Ranger 99 Ti 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.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Ranger 99 Ti:

Tips: 9-8.5
Shovels: 8-8.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5
Tails: 8.5

Like the new Ranger 107 Ti, the Ranger 99 Ti is a very strong ski. It’s not quite as stout as the 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti, but the Ranger 99 Ti is still stiffer than a lot of other ~100mm-wide skis on the market.

Compared to the Ranger 98 Ti, the Ranger 99 Ti 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 189 cm Ranger 107 Ti’s, the Ranger 99 Ti is significantly heavier than the Ranger 98 Ti, and now comes a bit closer to other metal-laminate skis in its class when it comes to weight. The Ranger 99 Ti 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 (18/19–19/20)
1807 & 1840 Atomic Bent Chetler 100, 188 cm (18/19–20/21)
1863 & 1894 Blizzard Rustler 9, 180 cm (18/19–20/21)
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)
1928 & 1933 Moment Commander 98, 178 cm (19/20)
1931 & 1932 DPS Foundation Cassiar 94, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
1937 & 1945 Fischer Ranger 94 FR, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1966 & 1973 Liberty Origin 96, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
1976 & 2028 Parlor Cardinal Pro, 182 cm (19/20)
1985 & 2006 Parlor Cardinal 100, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
1994 & 2011 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
1998 & 2044 4FRNT MSP 99, 181 cm (17/18–19/20)
2007 & 2029 Armada Invictus 99 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2049 & 2065 Volkl Mantra M5, 177 cm (18/19–20/21)
2050 & 2080 ON3P Wrenegade 96, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2053 & 2057 Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2062 & 2063 Rossignol Experience 94 Ti, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2085 & 2096 Dynastar Menace 98, 181 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2114 & 2133 Nordica Enforcer 93, 185 cm (16/17–19/20)
2115 & 2149 J Skis Masterblaster, 181 cm (16/17–19/20)
2124 & 2137 Blizzard Bonafide, 180 cm (17/18–19/20)
2131 & 2189 Nordica Enforcer 100, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2311 & 2342 K2 Mindbender 99Ti, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2324 & 2359 Kastle MX99, 184 cm (18/19-19/20)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2326 & 2336 Nordica Enforcer 100, 186 cm (20/21)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The Ranger 107 Ti is a very heavy ski, but the Ranger 99 Ti’s weight sits more in the middle of the spectrum. So how will the Ranger 99 Ti, as a narrower, more firm-snow-oriented ski, fair in rough conditions?

(2) We found ourselves recommending the old Ranger 98 Ti 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 99 Ti is notably heavier, will it stand out more as a dedicated inbounds ski?

(3) The Ranger 99 Ti 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 99 Ti, 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.


Sam Shaheen (5’10”, 145lbs): The current Fischer Ranger lineup has really impressed us here a Blister. The Ranger 102 FR is one of our “Best Of” winners and both the Ranger 94 FR and Ranger 107 Ti have serious fans within our reviewer base.

So I was extremely excited to get some time on the Ranger 99 Ti — and it hasn’t disappointed. This ski stays true to the Ranger line with plenty of family resemblance, and it’s a very strong contender in the ~100mm-wide category for the right skiers.


Sam: This ski is strong, powerful, and intuitive on groomed snow. I instantly clicked with this ski and was able to make high-speed GS turns on icy groomers with confidence. The tail is strong and the ski provides a ton of energy out of each turn. The harder I pushed the Ranger 99 Ti, the more the ski came alive and the more I liked it. I haven’t yet found the upper speed limit of this ski on groomed snow.

That’s not to say that the Ranger 99 Ti must be pushed hard on groomers. It’s pretty easy to just slide it around at moderate speeds, but you really get the most out of this ski when skiing aggressively.

Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, Crested Butte, CO.

Like the other Rangers, I’d describe the Ranger 99 Ti’s groomer performance as “precise.” It tracks extremely predictably and feels very solid on edge for its width. This ski kicks ass on groomers.

Luke Koppa (5’8”, 155 lbs): Yep, for how wide it is, the Ranger 99 Ti is a ton of fun on groomers. Despite its fairly tapered and rockered tips, it still initiates turns without much input on my end, holds an edge very well for its size, finishes turns powerfully, and gives back tons of energy when you bend it.

Of the ~100mm-wide skis I’ve used, the Ranger 99 Ti is one of the best on groomers. If you prefer to only make Super G or Downhill-size turns, you’d be better off on something with a longer radius. And if you’re just learning how to carve, you’d be better off on something with a softer flex pattern. But those are about the only drawbacks I could think of with the Ranger 99 Ti on piste. It’s solid on edge, super snappy, and just fun.

Crud & Chop

Sam: At ~2000 grams per ski, the Ranger 99 Ti sits right about in the middle of the pack in terms of weight. That weight translates to a fairly stable ride in variable snow.

However, this comes with a caveat. The Ranger 99 Ti is a very strong ski and has a pretty punishing tail. The result of this is not a very forgiving ski — if you get backseat, that stiff tail will take you for a ride quicker than many other skis in this category. That means that, especially in variable snow, I find myself skiing very aggressively and with a strong, forward stance on this ski. The more aggressively I ski it, the less I tend to notice the suspension / stability of a ski because (I imagine) my body and skiing style end up contributing a lot to the suspension of the ski in that case.

Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, Crested Butte, CO.

I feel like the Ranger 99 Ti performs around the middle of the pack in terms of softer chop. It doesn’t have much taper and it has very stiff shovels that feel comfortable plowing through lighter chop piles. If the chop piles get a bit heavier / more consolidated, the precision of the ski makes it really fun to carve through the chunder and slash turns in smoother snow patches.

Luke: Yep, agreed.

In soft chop, I had very few complaints about the stability of the Ranger 99 Ti. It’s quite strong and does a good job of blasting through soft, cut-up snow, provided you’re driving it through the shovels (it will get knocked around if you try to ski it backseat in these conditions).

As the snow consolidates and gets nastier, I take the same approach as Sam — carve the Ranger 99 Ti hard through moderately rough snow, burn speed in the good snow, and try to avoid the really big, firm piles of snow (or just use them as takeoffs). Like the Ranger 102 FR and Ranger 94 FR, the Ranger 99 Ti does not feel “glued to the snow.” In fact, it feels like a ski that loves to get off the snow.

That’s not to say that it’s not damp — compared to the many lighter skis in this category, the Ranger 99 Ti does offer good suspension. But while it has pretty good suspension, it’s also quite stiff and super energetic, which means it’s much more comfortable being skied with an aggressive, yet light-on-your-feet style, especially compared to the heavier options in this category that are better suited to a much more planted, destroy-everything-in-your-path style. When I am really pushing the Ranger 99 Ti, it pushes back, which makes it super fun for seeking out little airs and transitions, rather than just trying to ski straight through everything.

So if you prefer skis that provide very little feedback when skiing fast through rough snow, you’d be better off on something heavier. But if you want a strong ski that’s pretty damp but also very nimble, that’s where the Ranger 99 Ti makes a lot of sense.


Sam: Though I haven’t been on this ski in more than about 6” of powder, I’ve been happy with its performance. Often, with stiff skis, moving your stance back a little bit to ski pow can be very challenging (if not nearly impossible). On the Ranger 99 Ti, I was able to gently shift my weight back to keep my tips planing in fresh snow without much drama (in contrast to how stiff and punishing its tail can be on firm conditions).

That said, I don’t expect this ski to punch above its width class in terms of float in deeper snow. It doesn’t have particularly deep rocker lines and the front half of the ski is quite stiff (so is the back half, for that matter).

Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, Crested Butte, CO.

All that is to say, I think the Ranger 99 Ti is a passable powder ski for moderate pow days (I’d say around 8” or less). But I would definitely grab for another ski in this width class (probably one with softer shovels) if I knew we were going to be skiing a lot of powder. The Ranger 99 Ti seems more at home on firm or shallow snow than in very deep snow.

Luke: I also have not skied this ski in any super deep snow, but in around 6” of fresh and pushed-around pow, I had few complaints. The only thing I’ll add is that, when conditions are soft, the Ranger 99 Ti is notably easier to slash and pivot around (vs. its very precise feel on firm conditions).

Moguls, Trees, & Tight Terrain

Sam: I think the amount that you’ll like the Ranger 99 Ti in moguls depends a lot on your skiing style. If you’re a technically proficient, aggressive, fall-line mogul skier, then I think the Ranger 99 Ti will work well for you. It is pretty easy to flick side to side (as long as you’re over the shovels) and won’t fold up on you if you push hard.

If you’re less aggressive or technically proficient, then I could see the stiff tips and tails really sending you for a ride — especially in tighter and / or steeper bumps. This is definitely a ski that I think of as an advanced or expert tool.

Luke: I really liked the Ranger 99 Ti in tight terrain when I was willing to ski hard. If I was tired and wanted to just casually and slowly work my way through a bump line, I would’ve much preferred something with a softer and probably more tapered / rockered tail. This ski is not super easy to pivot on firm snow and it is pretty demanding of a forward stance, or else those tails are prone to hooking up and taking you for a ride.

Sam Shaheen and Luke Koppa review the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti for Blister
Sam Shaheen on the Fischer Ranger 99 Ti, Crested Butte, CO.

BUT when my legs were fresh and I was looking to really push myself, I really liked the Ranger 99 Ti. Its swing weight is quite low, but it’s stiff enough for me to never complain about it folding and I never once doubted its edge hold in firm bumps. This is not a very forgiving ski if you get backseat, and it’s not great if you prefer to slither your way through bumps from a centered stance (which is my go-to method when I’m tired). But for when I want to try my best Marcus Caston impression in moguls and trees, bashing hard into each bump and gapping troughs, the Ranger 99 Ti was a ton of fun.

This is a pretty game-on bump ski, but if you value quickness, strength, and energy, it can be a blast. And if you spend a lot of time in terrain and are between sizes, I’d recommend sizing down to maximize the Ranger 99 Ti’s quickness, and since it’s quite strong to begin with.

Who’s It For?

Advanced and expert skiers looking for a precise, energetic, and strong ride will appreciate the Ranger 99 Ti. There is a lot of competition in this waist-width class, but the Ranger 99 Ti stands out due to its notable energy and precision.

Beginners and intermediates should look for something that’s less demanding / with a softer flex pattern (see the “All-Mountain – More Forgiving” section of our Winter Buyer’s Guide). And if you’re an advanced or expert skier who values suspension, damping, and inherent stability over all else, you should look to heavier skis. But for those who have good technique, can get a ski up on edge, and push that ski hard, the Ranger 99 Ti has a lot to offer.

Bottom Line

Fischer’s Ranger line continues to impress us here at Blister. The Ranger 99 Ti is the latest Ranger we’ve been on, and for experts and advanced skiers who prefer a strong and lively ski, we think Fischer did an excellent job with this ski. It is very strong and somewhat demanding, but also super quick, energetic, and precise. Technically proficient skiers, take note.

Deep Dive Comparisons

Become a Blister Member or Deep Dive subscriber to check out our Deep Dive comparisons of the Ranger 99 Ti to see how it compares to the Fischer Ranger 102 FR, Salomon QST 99, K2 Mindbender 99 Ti, Volkl Mantra M5, Volkl Mantra 102, Blizzard Bonafide, Nordica Enforcer 100, J Skis Masterblaster, Blizzard Rustler 9 & 10, ON3P Wrenegade 96, Atomic Vantage 97 Ti, Liberty Origin 96, Renoun Endurance 98, Moment Commander 98, and Dynastar Legend X96.

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16 comments on “2021-2022 Fischer Ranger 99 Ti”

  1. New member and big Fan of Blister !!! Can’t wait to read more on this ski, when the full review and deep dive article? So far, sounds like a well built ski with excellent characteristics to be a 1 ski quiver for east coast skier, as myself, for moguls, threes, fresh & deeper snow (to east coast standard) with obviously some good carving on hard pack.

    • Glad to have you on board as a member! The Ranger 99Ti is at the top of our list of skis to get on ASAP this season, and we’re aiming to have the full review and Deep Dive up around early- to mid-December.

    • Yeah, sorry for the delay on this one, but we’re in the editing process of the review right now, so we will have it up within the next week.

      • Hey Luke, no worries:) was more a check if this is still to come :) would be great if this will be up next week! Cheers, Tom

  2. I skied these at the Remarkables in August last year. I felt like they were a good ski without being outstanding. Track really well in form snow and could charge down the mountain at pace, however the thing that I really noticed about them was that every time I landed a small jump it felt like landing on concrete.

    There felt like there was no suspension from the skis. I’ve skied and own some pretty stiff all mountain skis including the K2 Mindbender and iKonic Ti, Head Monster, Dynastar Legend x88 and, Blizzard Brahma and Bonafide. These are easily the stiffest under foot on landing jumps and features.

    To be fair to them they are in other respects a good ski but I’d choose the K2 Mindbender over them every day of the week as they do everything the Rangers do without the compromise.

  3. This ski blew me away. Destroyed groomers like it’s a fat kid with a stolen lunch. Carved chop and ice. Skis edge to edge fast, slarves, sprays, and chews up refrozen off piste crap with nimbleness and authority. Stomps jumps and drops. Silky smooth in light snow. Pivots on a dime. It’s like a sumo-ninja. Power and finesse. Nothing it can’t handle except deep pow.

  4. Hi, I read in the Ranger 94Fr review that if you do not need twin tips go with the 99ti..are they that similar that this the major difference between the two?? Guessing the 94 is a little more forgiving than the 99ti? I have 78-85mm skis so thought the 99ti might be less overlap compared to the 94? Also considering the K2 MB 99ti..?
    I’m 6′ 215lbs on-piste mainly for me but a lot of variable conditions. Thanks in advance to the Blister team.

  5. Would this Ranger be good for a heavier skier? So far I love QST 106s but find them hard to find an edge at times when you don’t want to ski super fast.

    I also liked my Vantage 90s but not as much as the QSTs.

    I am about 270 pounds and generally ski hard but want to some times chill.

  6. Hey guys, appreciated your reviews…have read many of them in my quest for a new pair of sticks!

    Currently I’m on a pair of K2 Amp Rictor 90 Xti skis in 177. I’m a very athletic 50 year old expert level skier, who is 5’10, 180 lbs. I ski aggressively…perhaps not as consistently throughout the day as I did 15+ years ago when I’d ski bumps 75+% of the day. Today, I pick and choose when I ski bumps (probably 1/3 of my day now…helps preserve the body…LOL!). I’d probably ski bumps a little more than I do now, but not a big fan of the Amp Rictors in bumps/trees. Plus, they aren’t the most stable at speed, and the tips will chatter too. They seem to do well in soft snow…had a great trip with them at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain a few years back with several days of good powder, but I know I can find better skis for bumps, trees, chutes, groomers and crud.

    When powder is not to be found, I like to let it rip on groomers, but my favorite terrain to seek out and technically ski it is steep terrain containing nice, spread out soft mounds of snow/moguls. I do ridge hike inbound terrain and ski off-piste when conditions warrant it. I’m hoping to find the best versatile all mountain ski for me in the 174-181 size range that can perform well with what I described above…for 50/50 on-piste/off-piste….nimble enough for bumps/trees, steeps/chutes, solid/stable on groomers and crud (at least more stable than my K2 Amp Rictors), and enough float for powder.

    With the research I’ve done, I’ve narrowed it down to these skis:
    – Fischer Ranger 99 Ti
    – K2 Mindbender 99 Ti
    – Head Kore 99
    – Volkl M5 Mantra
    – Nordica Enforcer 100

    I’m certainly open to any other suggestions! Thanks or your time and help!

  7. Hope this review might help some folks in the market for skis and doing some research.

    The Fischer Ranger 99ti is an absolutely AMAZING ski.
    – Brilliant, almost unbelievable edge hold. This skis absolutely rails turns.
    – Light weight. The construction of the ski is as advertised. The carbon tip, and titanal frame lowers swing weight and makes the ski manageable in varied conditions- everything from groomer/ hard pack to tight trees to steeps to cornice drops and open bowls that are tracked out and a bit crusty.
    – It is stiff! Its not a GS race ski, but it is the stiffest all mountain ride I’ve personally ridden.

    I’m a late 40’s ex-competitive mogul skier. 5’9” and 175 lbs. I’ve averaged 20-40 days a year for 15 of the last 20 years.

    I was looking for a replacement to my 98mm underfoot 2007/2008 era Nordica Enforcer. That ski had two full sheets of titanal, full camber and was versatile enough that it was my go-to ski for all-mountain skiing. But it’s been time for a replacement for a few years. I get a lot of days on snow in the Rockies and I have a full quiver of skis (GS race ski, 85mm under foot carve ski, 95 under foot all wood/ no metal all mountain ski, 98 under foot Nordica Enforcer with metal, 110 resort powder ski, and 125 under foot AT/ powder cat ski). But I spend most of my time in resort and I like riding all over the mountain so I’m looking for something very versatile for my everyday ski.

    I’d read a ton of reviews looking at all the options in the 96-102 mm underfoot range. Primarily focused on Nordica Enforcer 100, Kastle FX96 HP, Blizzard Rustler 10 and 9 and the Bonafide, Head Kore 99, K2 Mindbender, Rossignol Black Ops and Volkl Mantra M5 and Mantra 102. Ski manufacturing is so good these days that I know people that love each of the above skis. And I know all of these skis would be a fun ride, but I was looking for something specific.

    With most of my days spent on either the Enforcer or the Head Rev Pro 85 in the last few years, I was looking for a powerful ski that was more damp than lively but something that was burly that would power through chop, crud and hold an edge on steeps and high speed groomers. I’m getting up there in age so moguls were lower down on my list of priorities. As good as ski manufacturing is these days, there are still trade offs and I decided I’d want something more powerful with better edge hold and was willing to give up forgiveness in the bumps. So with that, I started narrowing my list to the stiffer options in the 98-102 range: Ranger 99ti, Head Kore 99, and Kastle FX96HP. I wasn’t going to be able to test them all so I did all the online research I could and made the plunge and bought the Fischer’s.

    I just wrapped up my first day on them and I pushed them hard today and put them through the paces. Overall, I’m SUPER happy with the purchase and looking forward to many seasons on these skis.

    Here are the specific observations:
    – First few runs took a bit of getting used to. The ski is STIFF. On edge in the turn, the skis were autopilot- solid, predictable, burly- but as I was on full camber skis with two sheets of titanal before, there was some getting used to the Fischer’s. The low weight of the ski in the tip and the slight rocker just had a very different feel on turn initiation. Took a few runs to get used to it.
    – What immediately put a huge smile on my face and almost had me not believing it, was the edge hold I was getting on groomers. I enjoy getting a lot of edge angle when running groomers and I try to get low in the turn. Both the Enforcer and the Head Rev Pro 85 hold an edge well. The Fischer’s were unbelievable- particularly, later in the arc of the turn. You can absolutely load the tails and there is NO SKID. Just rails turns. Absolute blast!
    – After 3 warm up groomers, dropped into Copper’s Patrol Chute off a small cornice with soft but very tracked out snow. I was a bit nervous how I’d handle the skis on steeps and varied snow given how stiff they felt on the hard pack. I’m late 40s now and I’m not in great condition this year (COVID lockdown stinks!). Was worried that the ski I just bought might be too much to handle in varied conditions. The ski is stiff, but what I found was that the low swing weight of the ski made them feel unusually quick. Yeah, they are stiff, but there’s something magical about them off piste with the low weight. Something this stiff with the older full titanal construction would absolutely kick my butt. With the lower weight, I had an easier time staying quick on my feet and able to manage the ski better. I definitely felt like I had to be quick and a bit more up on the shovel of the ski given how stiff these felt, but something about the ski weight just works.
    – Spent the next 5-6 runs off piste: bowls, steeps, trees, chutes and some bumps. Just had a blast. Yeah, they are stiff and if you’re not on it, they will punish you, but when you are on it, the reward is off the charts. Responsive, predictable, powerful, full gas. Fun ski.
    – I expected the bumps would be tough for me. And in some ways it was exactly what I predicted, but in other ways, I was pleasantly surprised. As expected, trying to run a zipper line was not possible for me. Realistically, my days of running a zipper line should be over, but every now and then I still try it. With my old Enforcers, despite the weight, they were damp enough that I could get away with it. The Fischer’s are simply too stiff in the shovel (and really throughout the ski) for me to get away trying to hold a zipper line. But I was surprised at how fun the bumps were as long as I made more rounded turns. In fairness, someone younger and stronger than me can probably handle these better in a zipper line- I’m just too old for that now!

    Overall, this ski was EXACTLY what I was looking for in terms of an all mountain monster. Totally exceeded my expectations in terms of power and edge hold. The low weight is just so different that it surprised me with how it changes some of the characteristics of the ski. I was looking for something specific and I found it!

    If you’re a hard charging skier that wants something powerful, this just might be the perfect ski for you. Overall, I’d describe the ski as stiff, very powerful, smooth and predictable and there is absolutely NO top speed on them. Surprisingly versatile due to the lighter weight given the stiffness. But not damp. I’d say powerful, predictable, smooth- all those things, but not damp.

    • I am looking for the exact same characteristics and your comment was the final push for making the buy. Thanks for a brilliant review!

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