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This one's for the ladies.
There was a time when finding a women-specific ski was like spotting a unicorn, but as more and more companies realize ladies rip just as hard, if not harder, than dudes, women-specific skis just keep getting better every year. Need proof? Feast your pow-starved eyes on the Fischer Ranger 98 Women's Ski: a hyper-versatile pair of boards that'll take you from perfect corduroy to dreamy storm riding to bluebird bowls.
The 98 shares a lot of characteristics with the men's ski of the same name, but a few key differences set it apart. Most importantly, it ditches the stiffer beech wood found in the men's ski in favor of poplar, which is easier flexing and serves up a smoother, slightly more forgiving, ride that's perfect for lighter skiers. Fischer also designed the 98 to be mounted slightly more forward (it calls the new design BMP, which just stands for binding mounting point) to make it easier to keep your weight forward, engage turns, and wiggle through tight trees and bumps.
- A versatile all-mountain ski designed for hard-charging gals
- Poplar wood core with Air Tec Ti milling has a smooth flex
- Rockered tip and gently raised tail ease turn initiation
- Sandwich sidewall construction drives power to the edges
- Air Carbon laminate saves weight and increases rigidity
- Aeroshape technology distributes mass to the center of ski
- Women's BMP mounting point sits slightly forward
- Q & A
All Mountain Ripper
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I just got these for my girlfriend and they are a really cool ski! The profile is a rockered tip, camber under foot, and a very slightly rockered tail. The rockered tip helps a ton with soft snow performance, giving you the "water ski" effect and planeing you on top of the snow for easy manuverablility. The camber underfoot allows for strong turns and hard snow performance. The slight rocker in the tail gives you more manuverablility and control, and helps with soft snow performance. Fischer also put a notch in the tail to hold a skin clip, if you are going to use these skis for backcountry travel this is a great feature so that your tail clip never fails, and centers really easily. I like the 98mm waist on these skis it makes them very versitile all mountain, allowing you to ski hard snow and deep snow making a one ski quiver. I'd recommend this ski to any woman who is looking for a stiffer all mountain ski that will help them push their skiing ability to the next level.
Lexi ripping at Alta
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
In 100% honesty I did not expect to love this ski.
I always have this idea in my head that Fischer skis are stiff, speedy and all business, thanks to their years and years spent catering to the racing industry.
This Ranger took me by storm. I first tried it at a demo at Snowbasin last February and loved it so much I spend 1/2 of day two on it, and checked it out again at another demo later in the season. I found a pair to borrow and logged about 10 days in total on them. They were surprisingly slarvy and buttery smooth, again I did not expect that of this ski at all. They were playful and fun, yet rock solid at speed, which is a difficult combo for me to find.
The lack of traditional sidewalls on these skis really cut down the swing weight, so for someone small like me, this makes a noticeable difference. I had no issue with turn initiation on the 172cm length.
I was so surprised how surfy this ski felt. I didn't get to try it in any deep powder conditions because our winter was so dry last season, but in ankle deep snow I was still happy. I found them more playful than the DPS Ninas but they were actually quite sluggish to turn at slower speeds. The rocker in the tip will most likely keep you surfing in deeper pow, but I didn't get to try them in anything topping 5".
For me this was perfect, because I love speed. The racing heritage of Fischer really shines as I felt confident in chunder and choppy stuff. This ski is more business up front, and slarvy party in the back - everyone's invited.
I'm loving how light they are on my feet. I would peg this ski for someone who wants to spend time in the resort and possibly a bit of backcountry, because it is so light. The Ranger was fun to carve and shone in soft or variable conditions. I thought this ski was nimble, stable and fun. I can't wait to log more days!