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2017-2018 Fischer Ranger 108 Ti

Brian Lindahl reviews the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti for Blister Gear Review.

Fischer Ranger 108 Ti

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.]

Intro

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.

Brian Lindahl reviews the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti for Blister Gear Review.

Brian Lindahl on the Fischer Ranger 108 Ti. (photo by Grayson Tamberi)

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.

Flex Pattern

I’d sum up the flex pattern like this:

Tips: 6
Forebody: 7
Underfoot: 9
Tail: 7

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.

Mount Point

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.

On-Snow Performance

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.

Groomers

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.

4 Comments

  1. Matt April 4, 2017 Reply

    Sshhhh their are 100 pairs of the Fischer Ranger TI 108 in 202cm…

  2. Micah April 6, 2017 Reply

    I’ve been on the 188 length all year. The mount point on mine felt off from the start. Things were squirrelly when I tried to drive the tips and overall felt I was not where I should be on the ski. I messed with the tune a bit with little improvement.

    After lots of measuring I moved them back 2.5 cm. The ski felt much more balanced afterwards and I have really enjoyed them.

  3. Stuck on tgr April 13, 2017 Reply

    Would love a follow up with the 188 size.
    Dims may also be different?

  4. Blister Member
    Joe July 8, 2017 Reply

    I have a pair of 182’s and agree they are among the squirreliest sticks I’ve ever been on in all but the deepest snow…an opinion shared by some industry friends who demo’d them at one of the trade fairs. I too thought they were mounted too far forward and was debating trying to remount them (or selling them to a jibber). For comparison, I checked the boot center against an old pair of K2 Hardside 98’s (181’s)- a somewhat similar ski idea (rockered tip, minimal tail rocker) and found the Fischer’s mount point to be approximately 2 inches further forward…admittedly not apples to apples, but crazy!

    Is this ski designed to be driven or is it something else? I can’t believe other people have not experienced this or that Fischer does not have a recommended traditional mount point?

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