It's no longer novel to see a women's ski that's designed specifically for women, not just a shrunken men's ski, but ladies' skis still keep getting better every year. Need proof' Feast your pow starved eyes on the Fischer Ranger 98 Women's Skis, a hyper versatile pair of magic shoes that'll take you wherever you need to go, from perfect corduroy, to dreamy storm riding, to bluebird bowls. The 98 shares a lot of characteristics with the men's ski of the same name, but a few key differences set it apart. Most importantly, it ditches the stiffer beech wood found in the men's ski in favor of poplar, which is easier flexing and serves up a smoother, slightly more forgiving ride, perfect for lighter skiers. Fischer also designed the 98 to be mounted slightly more forward it calls the new design BMP, which just stands for binding mounting point, which makes it easier to keep your weight forward, engage turns, and wiggle through tight trees and bumps. Those two innovations don't sound like much, but they make the 98 ski much differently than its male cousin it's strong and hungry for a challenge but doesn't require quite as much strength to live up to its potential. The rest of the features are shared throughout the Ranger family, like the poplar core, which is milled with Fischer's Air Tec Ti process to remove nearly half material to decrease weight without sacrificing strength or changing flex characteristics. The Air Carbon layup keeps things firm without being overly stiff, and the Aeroshape technology concentrates the mass in the center of the ski, which prevents a squirrely feel when you're edging. Last but not least, the 98 is built with Fischer's Freeride rocker, which helps you float over rough snow and keeps the ski nimble so you can zip through tight spots like it's no big thing.