Fischer are launching a range of boots called Ranger that complement the range of skis. Fischer took their time to launch a boot on the Free Rando market. The result was worth the wait. We could test the model with 120 flex (which will be the most popular). But it also exists in a 130 model and 100 and two Ranger Lady ( My Ranger Free 110 and 90) with Polartec® insulation for optimal thermal insulation.
All these boots have a Lowtech insert (except the ranger Free 100 and the My Ranger Free 90)
The surprising aspect to the Fischer Ranger Free 120, is the mode change walk/ski. The BIG positive point concerns the rotatable hook of the fourth hook located at the collar, that allows you to rotate the boot or not. This is a very practical and efficient system, the exchange between one to the other is done easily without twisting. The slight hiccup is the little hook with a fluorescent tongue, it isn’t super easy to grab. The other major advantage of this lever on the side of the upper is that retains the volume and the look of the alpine boot at the back.
Out on the snow these are really great Free Rando boots that ski (almost) like an alpine boot, putting them on is easy. The buckles are powerful and the hooks are easy to handle. We also appreciated the stunning design. The hooks at the top of the collar are lockable, they can remain in the open position in the uphill. The articulation of the Ranger Free 120 is a lot: 55°. Which allows you to climb easily. The boots are snug fitting, precise everywhere with a thin inner sock. The question is: are they warm? We weren’t able to check this.
In the action we experienced good lateral transmission. The 120 flex seems elevated, it is closer to 110. But when we skied with the Ranger Free 130 we discovered a very rigid boot! Without doubt Fischer has better calibrated the flex of their range.
Back to the 120, this Ranger Free is light because it is made with Grilamid. The Vibram® sole is very grippy on any type of terrain. The tightening strap is very good and ultra-light.
There are also two little straps at the top of the collar to help sliding the boot on. They do of course have Lowtech inserts.
These are great boots with which the Free Rando 2019 market will count on.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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