2017-2018 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti, 182 cm
Available Lengths: 174, 182, 188 cm
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 181.0 cm
Stated Dimensions (185 cm): 140-108-130
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139.5-108-129.5 mm
Stated Weight per Ski: 1950 grams (182 cm)
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1941 & 1965 grams
Stated Sidecut Radius: 19 meters (182 cm)
Core Construction: Milled Beech and Poplar + Titanal + Carbon Nose
Tip-to-Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 17 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~4 mm
Recommended Line: 7.4 cm behind center; ~83.1 cm from tail
Total Days Skied: 10 (Brian: 5, Jonathan: 5)
Test Locations: Breckenridge & Arapahoe Basin, CO; New Mexico backcountry[Editor’s Note: the 15/16 & 16/17 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti comes back unchanged for 17/18, except for a graphics update.]
For the 15/16 season, the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti joined one of the most crowded and most interesting ski segments on the market, the 105-110mm wide all-mountain category. At one end of the spectrum, you have skis optimized for firm-snow performance, like the Head Monster 108. At the other end, you have skis that are optimized for powder performance, like the Liberty Origin 106 and the Salomon QST 106.
The Ranger 108 Ti occupies an interesting niche because not only does it perform well in powder, it also has some qualities that make it rather compelling on firmer snow — and it’s also light enough for shorter days in the backcountry.
I’d sum up the flex pattern like this:
This is a nice, round, medium flex pattern, with tails that aren’t much stiffer than the shovels. Compared to the Ranger 98 Ti, the Ranger 108 Ti’s tips are a bit stiffer, while the tails are a bit softer.
The Ranger 108 Ti has a recommended mount point of -7.4 cm, which strikes a nice balance between a more traditional rear mount and a more jibby forward mount. On the recommended line, I felt that the ski was balanced and responsive, and neither Jonathan nor I saw a reason to move forward or back; the skis felt comfortable both when driving the tips and when skiing with a more centered stance.
If you’ve read our review of the Fischer Ranger 98 Ti, then you’ll already have a good sense of what the Ranger 108 Ti brings to the table. The 108 Ti is very similar in that it’s an exciting and energetic carver that loves to be on edge, while also delivering excellent float in powder. The personalities of both Fischer skis are extremely similar, but the Ranger 108 Ti, as you’d expect, is a bit more comfortable in soft snow conditions, while being a bit less stable in firm snow conditions — mainly due to width.
While the Ranger 108 Ti is a bit slower edge-to-edge than the Ranger 98 Ti, it still offers up a smooth and energetic ride on clean groomers. The tips really pull you into a turn, while the tails, when loaded, offer a strong pop out of the turn. And you don’t need to be skiing fast to get this feeling — the carving capabilities of the Ranger 108 Ti are quite accessible.
Like the Ranger 98 Ti, however, the lighter weight of the Ranger 108 Ti will result in some deflection when blasting through snow piles you’ll find on groomers at the end of the day. So if you insist on charging through these snow piles, the much heavier Line Supernatural 108 does this better, while also being an energetic carver (though it does require more speed to come alive). However, if you stay light and are quick on your feet, the precision of the Ranger 108 Ti can navigate snow piles with a level of energy and quickness that can be quite fun.
NEXT: Moguls, Trees, and Tight Terrain, Powder, Etc.