While Fischer's Travers Carbon Alpine Touring Boot may appear as though it gleans its name from the word "traverse," it's in fact a blend of the word "versatile" and "Transalp," which happens to be the name of Fischer's famed and dependable skimo planks. So, as its verbal denomination suggests, the Travers is Fischer's latest and greatest endeavor into the ski mountaineering and alpine touring world.
Weighing in at just over four pounds a pair, the Travers boasts an incredibly lightweight and pliable construction thanks to its Grilamid and carbon exterior, while the carbon fiber sheath in the sole assures rigidity and stiffness akin to your favorite alpine boot. Additionally, the Travers features singular power strap that consists of a ratchet and hook-and-loop combination as to provide a fine-tuned fit, and the Boa lacing system assures a personalized, pressure-free fit and feel, which is an especially welcomed attribute if you've ever had a pair of ill-fitting boots. More importantly, though, is the boot's free-pivoting cuff system that allows for an unobstructed range of motion, specifically 80-degrees worth, and when combined with the easy-to-use walk mode, you're able to glide up the skin track in no time. However, when encountering roly-poly or more technical skin tracks, cinch the down the cuff and lock-off the walk mode for more supportive, secure fit.
Now, you might be wondering how Fischer planned on keeping the Palau moldable liner dry and comfortable, so grab your popcorn. Since the cuff and lower portion of the boot don't overlap at the front of the boot or heel, Fischer outfitted the Travers with a waterproof gaiter that fixes to the shell's lower portion and stretches just about to the top of the cuff. This gaiter is not only dexterous, but easily fends off snow build up and sweat alike. So whether you're searching for a lightweight and dependable ski mountaineering boot or alpine touring boot, the Travers has made its grand entrance and ensures nothing short of a good time. After all, it's all about having fun.
- A lightweight ski boot for alpine touring or ski mountaineering
- Grilamid and carbon upper offer lightweight, pliable performance
- Thin, moldable Palau liner offers a comfortable feel
- Waterproof gaiter keeps snow at bay
- Carbon shealth beneat hthe sole ensures stability and stiffness
- Tenacious, rubber sole offers ample grip
- Powerstrap and Boa closure provide a customized, pressure-free fit
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I first got my hands on the Fischer Travers Carbon, I was amazed at the simplicity in the boot overall and its weight.
Essentially 1 KG per boot, with its closure/buckle system centered around a BOA synch for the lower and booster strap for the upper - It couldn't be any more streamlined.
The initial impression was how comfortable and dialed in you can get the fit, right out of the box. I eventually heated the liners and was able to get it perfect, but right from the beginning I was impressed with its comfort and fit. The BOA allows you to get a consistent and tight fit around your forefoot without any pressure points.
The boot last is marketed as 100mm and I would agree, and even say that it could fit a slightly wider foot (my feet vary in width often) - I have not noticed any slop.
The walk mode on this boot is simple and very stiff. Its a quick flip of the lever and you go from the full range of motion in tour mode, to a roughly 95 flex when the power strap is ratcheted down and the BOA synched. The transition from tour/ski is roughly 10 seconds per boot.
The touring speaks for itself. Super effortless motion in tour mode, great action from the cuff, and simple walk/ski mechanism.
The boot also crushes on the down - especially when paired with a lighter weight kit. If you keep it all (skis/bindings) under 7.5 pounds (an easy task with the assortment these days) - you will float on the skin track and shred on the down.
For the simplest touring boot on the market with the highest amount of comfort and skiability for its weight class - The Travers is top class.