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Fischer Ranger 94 FR Review

A fun ski with plenty of rocker that can be fun on a groomer.
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Price:  $600 List | $599.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Fun, good value
Cons:  Ski short, chattery
Manufacturer:   Fischer
By Andrew Pierce ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 16, 2019
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  • Stability at Speed - 20% 7
  • Carving - 20% 7
  • Crud - 20% 6
  • Powder - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 15% 8
  • Bumps - 5% 7

Our Verdict

Fischer is introducing the Fischer Ranger 94 FR in response to the high praise it received for its slightly wider sibling, the Fischer Ranger 102 FR. We tested the Ranger 94 FR in a 185cm length, with 127-93-118 dimensions and an 18m turn radius. While these skis had some pop and performed adequately on-piste, the tip and tail rocker profile felt a bit excessive when not in powder and chattered when conditions were firm and fast. This ski doesn't know whether it wants to be on or off-piste, and as a result, it suffered in a few of our testing categories. All that being said, our testers still had plenty of fun cruising all over the mountain (in the right conditions) on these skis.


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Pros Fun, good valueFast, solid, consistent, large sweet spotHard charging, fun, easy to skiGreat all around ski, great pop, easy to swingExcellent carving ski, quick
Cons Ski short, chatteryMinor chatterSlight chatter at high-end speedSometimes feels soft, skis shortChatter in the tips, poor powder performance
Bottom Line A fun ski with plenty of rocker that can be fun on a groomer.The new Mantra, now called the M5, is more user friendly than previous versions but is still a powerful and consistently fun ski.The Daemon is a hard charging ski that can be tamed.Fantastic all around ski that will for perform for skiers of all abilities.This contender has superb edge hold and energy through turns.
Rating Categories Fischer Ranger 94 FR Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Nordica Enforcer 93
Stability At Speed (20%)
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7
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Carving (20%)
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Crud (20%)
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Powder (20%)
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Playfulness (15%)
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Specs Fischer Ranger 94 FR Volkl M5 Mantra Black Crows Daemon Blizzard Rustler 10 Nordica Enforcer 93
Intended Purpose All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain All Mountain/Soft Snow All Mountain/Firm Snow
Ability Level Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Intermediate-Expert Expert
Shape 126-92-117 mm 134 - 96 - 117 mm 132 - 99 - 120 mm 135.5 - 104 - 125.5 mm 126 - 93 - 114 mm
Available Lengths 161, 169, 177, 184 170,177,184,191 170, 177, 183, 188 164, 172, 180, 188 169, 177, 185, 193
Waist Width 92 96 99 102 93
Radius 17m 21.2m 20m 14.5m, 16m, 17.5m, 19m 15.5m, 16.5m, 18.5m, 20.5m
Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Full rocker, reverse camber Rocker/Camber/Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Weight Per Pair 3934 4252 5265 4126 4464
Core Material Wood Beech, poplar Poplar wood Multi-layer wood Beech and poplar wood
Tested length 184 184 183.6 188 185

Our Analysis and Test Results

Fischer is back trying to build on the previous success of their Ranger 102 FR with the all-new Fischer Ranger 94. This ski comes complete with fancy design technology like the aeroshape, a rounded top sheet used to increase torsional stability, and a slim carbon nose for better maneuverability. While our testers did give some credit to these unique features, the performance scores speak for themselves. We feel that the Fischer Ranger 94 FR is a ski confused about itself. The flex and twin tip rocker profile want to be in the powder and landing switch, while the 94mm waist and fairly short turn radius want to be carving up the hardpack. This ski seems to be pulled in two different directions rather than coming together for a seamless all-mountain combination.

Performance Comparison


Tres Hermanos make an epic background in Portillo  Chile for the Fischer Ranger 94 FR to be tested out. A fairly unique ski in our lineup  the Ranger 94 FR is worth a look.
Tres Hermanos make an epic background in Portillo, Chile for the Fischer Ranger 94 FR to be tested out. A fairly unique ski in our lineup, the Ranger 94 FR is worth a look.

Stability at Speed


The Fischer Ranger 94 FR struggled when our testers pushed it into higher speeds. Despite testing it in the longest length offered (185cm), the Ranger 94 FR felt incredibly short, which led to less effective edge on the snow and less control overall.

Putting the pedal to the metal on the Fischer Ranger 94 FR. This ski felt a bit short due to the tip AND tail rocker  and our testers experienced a bit of tip chatter on firm groomers.
Putting the pedal to the metal on the Fischer Ranger 94 FR. This ski felt a bit short due to the tip AND tail rocker, and our testers experienced a bit of tip chatter on firm groomers.

Our testers also experienced a bit of tip chatter, despite the carbon nose, especially in steep and chalky conditions. All that being said, the ski felt surprisingly damp underfoot. If you find yourself trying to set new speed records, there are better-suited skis in this category.

Carving Performance


While our testers did not feel that the Fischer Ranger 94 FR had a ton of backbone or power like some of our award winners, they were still having fun on this ski in the right on-piste conditions. The tip and tail rocker make turn initiation and release a breeze and felt relatively quick edge to edge.

Our lead tester here seen testing the carving ability of the Fischer Ranger 94 FR. The rocker profile  which makes this ski feel short to us is highlighted here. Short and medium radius turns were quite enjoyable!
Our lead tester here seen testing the carving ability of the Fischer Ranger 94 FR. The rocker profile, which makes this ski feel short to us is highlighted here. Short and medium radius turns were quite enjoyable!

We also found the Ranger 94 FR to have quite a bit of pop and energy when carving on groomers, and the sidecut led us to enjoy short to medium radius turns the most. Again, our testers agreed the ski felt a little short, even when laid over and engaging as much effective edge as possible. A skier who spends his days railing turns on the hardpack would probably be best suited with a different ski.

Crud


The Ranger 94 FR's carbon tipped nose was the most distracting feature our testers found on these skis in the crud. They tended to get bounced around a deflected unless the skier riding them was a strong expert on top of his game and really driving and directing the skis.

While not a certified crud buster  the Fischer Ranger 94 FR does have some redeeming qualities. The rocker prevents hooking a catching on nasty snow  and the construction gives a surprisingly damp feel underfoot.
While not a certified crud buster, the Fischer Ranger 94 FR does have some redeeming qualities. The rocker prevents hooking a catching on nasty snow, and the construction gives a surprisingly damp feel underfoot.

Again, underfoot, the skis feel fairly damp, and the transmission of chatter from the tip was not brain-rattling for us. We never experienced any hooking from the rockered tail, and if conditions were soft and consistent enough, the large rocker in the front helped plane over some crud. Overall, we would not categorize this ski as a crud buster, but it was not the worst of our lineup.

Powder


Powder feels like the application the Fischer Ranger 94 FR was designed for…almost. The large amounts of rocker, softer tip flex, twin tips, and lightweight design all lend to being a ski that lives for pow, BUT at 94mm underfoot, it was slightly underwhelming in any storm that dumped more than a few inches. While super fun and easy to slarve, slash, smear, butter, and bounce through the soft stuff, when conditions got a little deeper our testers found the ski submarining more than others we tested with similar dimensions.

Unfortunatley for us  no powder was to be had the day of this photoshoot. Fortunately for you  and us  we had plenty of pow days to test the Fischer Ranger 94 FR! In this airborne photo of the Ranger 94 FR  you can clearly see the tip and tail rocker of this ski that gives it the ability to make all sorts of fun turns in pow.
Unfortunatley for us, no powder was to be had the day of this photoshoot. Fortunately for you, and us, we had plenty of pow days to test the Fischer Ranger 94 FR! In this airborne photo of the Ranger 94 FR, you can clearly see the tip and tail rocker of this ski that gives it the ability to make all sorts of fun turns in pow.

Playfulness


This is one of the most playful skis in our testing line up. The Ranger 94 FR loves to be tip pressed and buttered. The large amounts of rocker in both the tip and tail lead to easy landings in either direction, and the amount of pop our tester experienced was super inspiring. These skis also feel relatively lightweight, and as a result, are easy to maneuver mid-air. Even a few of our testers who would rather not leave direct contact with the snow found themselves headed for both natural and small terrain park features.

It was hard to keep our testers on the snow with the Fischer Ranger 94 FR strapped to their feet...they were just too much fun to get in the air! Lightweight with plenty of pop and rocker is a recipe for a playful ski.
It was hard to keep our testers on the snow with the Fischer Ranger 94 FR strapped to their feet...they were just too much fun to get in the air! Lightweight with plenty of pop and rocker is a recipe for a playful ski.

Bumps


The Fischer Ranger 94 FR was surely not designed to be a zipper-line mogul ski, but our testers were still able to navigate their favorite bump runs while on them. Even though the length we tested them in was a bit long, because of the large amounts of rocker, most of our testers felt they were quite nimble and quick, even in tighter moguls. In more firm or truly refrozen moguls, we found ourselves wishing for a bit burlier ski.

Nimble and quick  the Fischer Ranger 94 FR can handle most mogul fields but struggled when conditions were firm or refrozen. Up  over  and around...anyway you please!
Nimble and quick, the Fischer Ranger 94 FR can handle most mogul fields but struggled when conditions were firm or refrozen. Up, over, and around...anyway you please!

Value


These skis tend to retail for slightly less than most other men's all-mountain skis on the market, and given that they perform comparatively well in most categories, we think this ski is a good value.

Conclusion


Our testers enjoyed most of their time spent on the Fischer Ranger 94 FR but felt that Fischer tried to take what was regarded as a huge success in the Ranger 102 FR and slap a 94mm waist on it. It does not handle powder as well as you might expect, and its on-piste carving left a bit to be desired as well. It seems Fischer lost what was so great about the 102mm version and didn't replace it with anything to beef it up for firmer conditions. As we mentioned, the ski also feels short in most conditions, so if you do decide to buy this ski, you may want to go one size up. All in all, it is a decent all-mountain ski, but a little fine-tuning from Fischer could make it an all-star.


Andrew Pierce