Fischer has always built quality skis, but in the updated Ranger 106 TI, the design has caught up to the construction. There’s five millimeters of rocker in the reshaped shovel. The tail goes flat for a strong finish to the turn (and increased utility in the backcountry). Yet the most noticeable improvement is in the 25 percent weight reduction of the beech, titanium, and carbon guts. You could easily shoulder the skis for a long bootpack, but coming back down they’re as stable as any big mountain ski we tested. They’re also energetic (camber underfoot again) and predictable on hardpack. In crud, we found the longish (24-meter) turn radius kept the Ranger from feeling hooky.