Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
To all my reviews
Lighter dampening but better than some light-weights
I did make a quick run on the 188cm Fischer Ranger 108 Ti at on-snow-demo at SIA, and my thoughts are preliminary. The Ranger 108 Ti strikes me as a ski that is trying to compromise between the Titanal layer skis (and some fiberglass) which generally are heavier in weight, have better dampening qualities (better in bumps), and better stability vs light weight skis, that cater to folks looking to reduce fatigue, and ski primarily smooth terrain, or backcountry skiers that go uphill, and ski untracked on the way down.
The Ranger 108 Ti has a titanal layer under the binding area, and a lightweight thin carbon fiber tip, with beech and poplar and air carbon laminate.
Does not fit my profile
I have to preface, that I am definitely a guy that prefers a stable ski, with good torsional stability, and high dampening qualities. I do not think that the industry has come up with a answer to offer all of these qualities in the light weight constructions we currently see offered on the market. Carbon skis "generally" (from my experience) have light dampening, and rebound with pop, and can error towards a stiffer flex, which can multiply the instability of lighter dampening characteristics.
In comparison to another light weight ski of similar dimensions, the Rossignol Soul 7 188cm, which I had in my personal inventory for a short time, the Fisher Ranger 108 Ti has better stability, and a more solid feel, but did not feel as light, was not particularly quick turning, and not a ski I would want to spend all day on, in the bumps. I have to admit, that I avoided most light weight skis at this years SIA, but an acquaintance encouraged me to give this one a try.
Fischer about the Ranger 108 Ti
"The powder weapon for boundless adventures. Air Tec Ti and Aeroshape save so much energy in the climb that adrenalin can come to the fore in the downhill! With smoothness and stability the Ranger 108 Ti gives you unlimited experiences away from the norm", says Fischer.
$ 649.00 $ 775.00