Expert Review: Fischer Ranger Pink Skis · 2023Published on 03/08/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Austen Law
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the skis, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
These new Fischer Ranger Pink Skis are awesome all-mountain do-it-all skis that can carve to take some epic powder turns. These skis are made for the intermediate skier to the advanced level skier.
About the gear
- Model: 2023 Fischer Ranger Pink Skis
- Size: 182cm
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 185lbs
- Experience: 26 years of skiing
- When I bought these: October 2022
- Days tested: 15+
- Mount position: Factory Recommended
- Boots: 2022 Salomon S/Race 130
- Boot Size: 26.5
- Bindings: 2023 LOOK PIVOT 14
- Where I’ve used it: Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood, other NW ski resorts
- Terrain: Groomer, mixed snow, powder
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a ski that could shred it all, go all over the mountain, and feel confident in any snow condition. I wanted a ski that was not only a bright and fun color but an easy-turning and poppy ski. Additionally, I wanted to ski pow and carve, so I wanted a decent ski at both.
Why I chose this gear
After I tested these skis a few times, I determined these Fischer Rangers would be the perfect ski to crush every condition. These shred the powder really well, and these skis can handle almost ice conditions and hardpack groomers with ease. Some other great all-mountain ski options are the Volkl Blaze 94, the Nordica Enforcer 90, and the K2 Mindbender 90.
What I love about them
- Speed: These have pretty good speed out of the plastic wrap for an all-mountain ripper. They are not super fast but not so dry that they stick. With a little tuning at home, these skis get really good. They are quick on and off the edge. The sidewall cut is great, allowing the ski to flow well.
- Edge hold/Turn: This is a good ski to rip groomers, but it is a little soft to make big, long, hard turns on the fast groomer. But these hold an edge well and turn great for everyday skiing and ripping around the hill.
- Groomers: Decent skiing on the groom. Not a race ski by any means, but these Fischer Rangers will carve on the groomer well enough to keep one skiing all day.
- Powder: Great in pow. These Pink sticks rip. They are so poppy, so nimble, and fun in the soft snow and the powder. These skis have enough underfoot to float in just about all soft snow unless it's an ultra-pow day.
- Trees: With a quick turn radius, the new Fischer Rangers make a great tool to shred through the trees as they are really nimble, really fun, and quick to move.
- Moguls: These are soft and nimble enough to handle moguls really well. These bounce back and rebound really well as they bump through the chop and moguls.
- Backcountry: These are an ideal weapon for backcountry skiing, as they can float well, turn well, and are really lightweight.
- Carving: For a mid-90mm ski in the all-mountain category, these Fischer Ranger Pink skis carve very nicely. Not too stiff of a ski to move, but not too soft that it doesn’t have a backbone. Very agile and very fun to carve.
- Durability: Topsheet and sidewall construction have held up nicely after 15 days of skiing and ski-to-ski contact.
- Flotation: With a mid-90mm underfoot, these Fischer Rangers float nicely in most soft snow. Unless it’s an ultra-deep powder day, these will cruise through most light snow conditions.
- Versatility: These are great skis to carve and crush in mixed conditions and can rip through the powder easily.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Park: These aren’t park-specific skis, but they are soft with a nice pop. The Fischer Ranger wouldn’t be an ideal park ski, but it could work if one tries.
- Switch riding: These skis are pretty flush on the tail, so switch riding wouldn’t be ideal.
- Stability: These are pretty smooth, but these skis are almost too soft at times. The Fischer Rangers could have more of a backbone.
Favorite moment with this gear
With a softer flex profile than before, these new Fischer Rangers are easy to turn and dive into the turn. I was skiing at Mt. Bachelor on a day with about 5 inches of new snow, and I knew it would be a great day for the Fischer Rangers because I knew they would float well and cruise through any of the tracked-out snow. I could shred those skis all day and smile while doing it. I was skiing groomer, mixed snow, and some powder. It skied well in all of it.
Value for the money vs. other options
Coming in at a price point of around $500, these are worth the money because they can do it all. These skis can ski everything with confidence. With easy turn initiation, a dampening wood core to make it smooth skiing, and a strong backbone to carve those groomers, the new Fischer Rangers are a great ski and tool for every skier for all-mountain skiing. Some other great skis options are the Volkl Blaze 94, the K2 Mindbender 90ti, or the Atomic Maverick 95. They are all great and playful skis, but I like the feel of the Fischer Rangers more.
The new Fischer Ranger Pink Skis are a great all-around balanced ski that handles any conditions on or off-piste. These can carve, charge through the mixed snow, and float nicely in the soft snow.