Featured Individual Review Long-Term Review: 2020 Fischer My Ranger 102 FR

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  1. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Fischer My Ranger 102 FR
    Dimensions: 135-101-125
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 159, 168, 176
    Size tested: 168
    Design: All New

    Fischer is one of the manufacturers taking a deeper look at its women's skis, making it clear that it is paying attention to us. The My Ranger 102 FR is a new addition to the lineup, which previously had stopped at the My Ranger 98. Next season's lineup will include a My Ranger 96 Ti and 90 Ti, both with metal, but the My Ranger 102 FR is the same construction as the men's Ranger 102 FR, which has no metal but does incorporate a carbon nose and free ski rocker to make it a stable, playful, fun experience.

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    With this ski season's big snow, I've had no shortage of good conditions to ski on wider skis, and fortunately this particular ski was in my arsenal when I was skiing at Alta on a surprise powder day. It delivered some serious fun. I followed the guys through steeps and moguls for the better part of the day and never found a moment when this ski let me down. When it was time to slow it down at the end of the day, the My Ranger 102 FR was stable while skiing groomers (which weren't really groomers) back to the lodge.

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    This is a great addition to Fischer's freeride line-up, a ski that will make an advanced female skier say, "My oh My!"
    • Who is it for? An advanced female looking for a One Oh Something that is nimble and playful.
    • Who is it not for? Someone looking to stay on piste.
    • Insider tip: If you're looking for a longer length, look at the men's side of the wall; if you're a guy looking for a shorter length, don't be afraid to try this ski.
     
  2. Tom K.

    Tom K. HRPufnStf Skier

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    Gorgeous turn in the middle pic. Round, high edge angle, centered, stacked. Got it all going on.

    Buy that photographer a beer. Timing was perfect!

    Oh yeah, the ski. Love my 115 Rangers, and the trusty old Motive 95s are still my go-to ski for "single ski road trips".
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Heh, thanks.
    The snow was interesting, super soft in most places but then a chunk of something would catch me off guard. The My Rangers just blew through it....and Phil is good at finding a good shot.
     
  4. VickiK

    VickiK Getting off the lift Skier

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    Thanks for the review, Tricia!
     
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    ejj Booting up Skier

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    Ranger 102 FR is an awesome ski! More people need to try this ski! There is life beyond the Enforcer 100/104!
     
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    zircon Putting on skis Skier

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    Thanks for the great review! As a small guy who occasionally fantasizes about a one-oh-something, but despairs about sizing, this sounds very interesting.

    I'm curious about the sizing run, though. 168cm seems really close to the shortest men's length of 170cm. Maybe not even notably different? I may have a mental block about numbers that start with a "17..." but sounds like they brought it down one size from the men's with the 159 (and maybe moved the mount point forward a bit?)
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Truth!
    There are so many good skis.

    I don't have the book in front of me, but you may be right on the men's sizing.
    Its not uncommon for a manufacturer to change the *published* size on women's skis when the men's/women's line up is same construction.
     
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    Vinnie Putting on skis Skier

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    As you get into one oh-something width the skis will tend to have more rocker, looser tail and smaller effective edge. So if your used to a 16x length in an 80-90mm all mountain/front side ski I really don’t think you would have any problems with a 10x ski in the 172-176cm range. I should qualify this. I am not talking about a burly 10x ski like the Cochise or Monster 108, but one of the more ‘playful’ ones like the Liberty Origin 106 or Salomon QST 106 and based on this review the My Ranger 102 FR.
     
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  9. zircon

    zircon Putting on skis Skier

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    Sounds like it could be similar to some manufacturers that seem to label the same boot down 5 points for the women's version, then.

    At 5'5"(ish) and 130 pounds, and spending most of the last 10 years on a full cambered 156 and now skiing 160-161 with a touch of rocker, 172-176 is still scary. Should probably make peace with with the 165-170 range, though ;)
     
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    Probably should :D
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Bump for some amazing spring skiing and possibly more powder days in Colorado. May-basin here we come!
     
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