This week Fischer announced that they’re overhauling their Ranger series of skis. The details are still limited, but the changes look to be pretty significant.
The line will consist of the Ranger 90, 96, 102, 108, and 116, and the 90, 96, and 102 come in two colorways.
All of the new Ranger skis feature a layer of titanal, but the narrower skis feature more metal (i.e., longer strip of titanal) than the wider skis. In concept, this is similar to what Nordica has done with their latest Santa Ana skis. It also looks like the layer of metal in the new Ranger skis is split in front of and behind the bindings (similar to K2’s titanal “Y-Beam”), assumingly to make the ends of the ski less torsionally rigid and easier to release. In addition to Fischer’s “Shaped Ti” construction, the Ranger 90 and 96 feature flatter tails, while the Ranger 102, 108, and 116 all have a more twinned tail profile.
The shapes of all the new Ranger skis also look pretty different than their predecessors, with the new skis having much less “pointed” tip and tail shapes.
Another big change is a switch to some less environmentally harmful materials — a trend we’re seeing across the industry for 22/23. According to Fischer, “Each model has 20-25% recycled steel edges. The top sheets are 50% vegetable oil-based and contain 10% recycled materials, and the bases are made with at least 50% recycled content. The skis feature a zero-waste wood core and the Titanal used contains at least 80% recycled content. All materials used are REACH compliant, and the Austrian production facilities use 60% solar energy.”
We’re very excited to learn more about the new Rangers, and even more excited to get them on snow, so stay tuned for updates.
In the meantime, here’s the full press release from Fischer:
Crafted to Ski More: Fischer Announces Newly Designed Ranger Series
AUBURN, NH. (January 24, 2022) —Jack of all trades, master of more: The new All-mountain / Freeride line truly lives up to its name by offering skiers endless opportunities on the mountain.
The new Ranger series is the result of Fischer’s ongoing collaboration between athletes and product developers with the aim of making this iconic line of skis even more engaging. The slogan “Crafted to ski more” is the guiding principle.
Regardless of conditions, terrain, or skier preferences, the Ranger line generates a stronger desire to ski. Thanks to a completely new geometry, these skis are extremely versatile. They cut through crud, float in powder, and can be trusted in the steepest, harshest conditions. The collection is designed for skiers seeking strong and stable performance in the fall line and those looking for playful and drifty performance. Coming from a brand with ski racing in its DNA, any of the skis in the Ranger series are a blast for carving.
A unique feature of the new Ranger series is the incorporation of individually cut Titanal plates, called Shaped Ti. The narrower the ski, the longer the Titanal insert and the flatter the tail, which supports more fall-line oriented skiers seeking more responsiveness. The wider models, from the Ranger 102 to the 116, increase playfulness thanks to the reduced Titanal along the length of the ski, a larger Flexcut, and increased tail rise. The Flexcut ensures the optimum energy characteristics for each ski, and the clean designs of the new Ranger series underscore the contemporary nature of the skis.
The Ranger series was developed with close attention to the construction materials used to reduce environmental impact. Each model has 20-25% recycled steel edges. The top sheets are 50% vegetable oil-based and contain 10% recycled materials, and the bases are made with at least 50% recycled content. The skis feature a zero-waste wood core and the Titanal used contains at least 80% recycled content. All materials used are REACH compliant, and the Austrian production facilities use 60% solar energy.
The models will be available in selected stores beginning February, 2022.