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Ski Review: Fischer Ranger FR102 / Head Kore 99 / K2 Mindbender 99Ti

Freeride is not an easy task, and freeride wagons and even a dense forest in which even an experienced rider is not easy to understand, but for an amateur there’s trouble. Today, based on the results of personal testing, we will compare three bright and interesting models in this category and try to understand not only how they differ, but also to determine for whom and for which ride they should be chosen and which model should be given priority. Go.

In the framework of this comparison, we will not talk about each ski in detail, because such a detailed story is already in the section with test results, here we will only point out the differences between these models.

The difficulty of comparing and determining the “best” skis for you in the category of freeride wagons is that such skis have a lot of parameters for evaluating catalytic performance and each skater has his own understanding of the priorities between these parameters: one is important that the skis are stable at speed, the other vice versa maneuverability and controllability at low speeds are important, someone needs grip on hard snow, while someone on the contrary is more interested in surfacing in the virgin snow - how many people have so many sets of important and unimportant qualities and options for evaluating them. That is why when choosing such skis it is not entirely correct and optimal to rely on the general opinion of other skiers about them and you need to understand in detail evaluating them separately for each evaluation parameter. Which we will do as part of this comparison. We do not have the task of identifying a clearly good or definitely bad ski, but the task is to understand why each of them is good and who will be more interested.

Track skating
On the track, the priorities among the compared skis depend on the state of the tracks and the hardness of the snow. If you ride on the northern mountains or in the season when low temperatures and wind dominate, in which the tracks are hard and frosty and the grip on the hard track is important, then Fisher will be the clear leaders. If you ride on broken soft snow, then Head will have more comfort and patency. According to the style of riding, Fisher will be good at fast and medium turns and will allow you to work in a cut lead, in a sliding turn they will work better Head. K2 in this comparison will definitely be in the middle and will give the greatest versatility in terms of both the quality and condition of the snow, and the style and rhythm of skiing: they are not perfect on hard, but they keep working in carving worse than Fisher, but better than Cows, but they work and not bad.

Off-piste skiing
Off-piste fisher will be demanding on speed and snow quality. They can work out the bumps of a broken rolled pig farm off-piste well only at speed. Coram absolutely doesn’t care what is underfoot and they perfectly absorb everything that they meet and the ride turns out to be comfortable and soft. K2 and here will show the greatest versatility because they will allow them to drive and work after cutting and work well and work out snow irregularities at low speed.

In the virgin lands, all three models will frankly miss the width of the waist and they will not be perfect, yet universality always has its costs. According to the priorities of the choice, the forces are distributed approximately the same as on the track: Fisher require speed, but they can work on it, Crusts, on the contrary, work fine at low speeds, bending in any turn, even on soft snow, providing control and riding comfort without stress from the side of the skier. K2 again fall into the middle, remaining the most universal solution, allowing you to drive on the move and crawl in closed terrain with short turns.

What to whom for what?
Fisher are perfect for those who know how to ride and ride where there is room for acceleration and riding at speed. Not for beginners who want to learn and buy skis with an eye on progress and development, but for those who already know how. Crusts, on the contrary, are suitable for beginners who, while they don’t have much, can do it themselves, but they want a lot and put skiing comfort and skiing sensations at the forefront. They will allow you to gain confidence with little effort, even on complex, closed terrain. K2, again, fall into the middle, being the most universal solution capable of working both at speed for those who can, and at low speeds for those who are just learning: stable at speed, and comfortable on broken snow.

Fischer and Kora skiing under certain conditions: Fisher under hard snow and high-speed skiing fields when entering a closed terrain and soft snow create problems. They will be good in Kirovsk, Sheregesh or Elbrus. Barks for soft snow and maneuverable skiing, but on hard snow and at speed, they will not be ideal. Their ski area is Krasnaya Polyana and any average spring mountain resorts. K2, albeit with minor complaints, they will work both there and there: there is no specificity on the places of skiing - take them.