Like it was made for you.
Ski gear is becoming ever-more customizable, but there still aren't many boots that can match Fischer's Transalp TS Vacuum Women's Touring Boot when it comes to full personalization. Just about every shoe comes with a heat-moldable liner—the Transalp's Thermoshape Tour lace-up liner is no exception—but not many can match its Vacu-Plast vacuum-moldable shell and cuff. All you (or more likely your bootfitter) has to do is heat it up, and it can expand or contract to fit the contours of your foot and provide a last width anywhere between a snug 97mm and a whoppingly wide 107mm. Cooking the shell and liner won't interfere with the Transalp's Soma-Tec ergonomic fit design, which is engineered to provide maximum comfort, precision, and power transfer, so you can skin and ski with unbeatable comfort and performance.
The Hike Lock mode is simple—a single switch on the spine of the boot unlocks the cuff for 60 degrees of smooth rotation—but bomber, so you don't have to worry about play in the cuff when you're standing on top of a scary line. Fischer's X-Light aluminum buckles provide a snug fit without deforming the shell, and the toe buckle is inverted to prevent catching and breaking. At the top of the cuff, a 40mm power strap cinches the Transalp down so you can ski it hard without feeling sloppy, and an adjustable spoiler lets you fine tune your stance for increased aggression or a more centered feel.
- Vacu-Plast vacuum-moldable shell and cuff
- Thermoshape Tour heat-moldable liner with lace closure
- Soma-Tec ergonomic fit design
- Hike Lock mode
- X-Light aluminum buckles
- Adjustable spoiler
- Item #FIS001S
- Q & A
Super Comfy, Poor Performance & Quality
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Short Story: It's not the boot for me, but if you are short (or have short lower legs) with wider calves and like going on long, uphill ski traverses this may be your dream boot- Just beware of potential quality issues.
The Long Story:
- The shell, if properly molded, will accommodate wider feet (mine are 110). However, if the original mold doesn't go well, they are very finicky to punch.
- The toe box is nice and roomy, and the liners are warm. The liners go in and out of the boot very easily.
- The cuff sits very low and has lots of room. Never had shin-bang problems.
- The rivets on the buckles come loose over time. The buckles over the foot have a very short range. One notch is too loose, the next is too tight. The micro-adjust feature helps a little.
- The flex is UBER soft. I've had 60-flex boots stiffer than these. I often go up all day without realizing I'm still in ski mode, and all the way down it feels like I'm in walk mode. I am tall with narrow calves and can't get any pressure on the cuffs without falling forwards, no matter how tight I crank them. The cuff also has a strange back-flex, even in ski mode; if I get in the backseat the cuff will collapse back even more which makes it hard to recover. The whole way down the boot pops, buckles and shifts in jerky motions. I rarely enjoy how these boots perform on the downhill.
I bought a pair in 2016; the vacuum fit went perfectly and they felt so nice. My last boots had been painful, so the comfort alone made me very happy with my Transalps. Within three months notices a crack starting to form on the toe box. I had trips planned for spring so I put off the warranty till the next year. By then there were multiple cracks and tears in both boots' shell.
I got another pair that looked exactly the same, but was told that the shell was made with a slightly stiffer plastic. I didn't notice any difference. The boots were molded poorly by a very hungover sales associate and they caused so much pain I routinely stopped halfway through tours to ice my foot. I got them punched out twice (vacuum fit boots don't react well to localized punches) and it helped a little but on my last trip I ended up skiing without an insole in my right boot. I'm very ready to say bye-bye to my Transalps for good.
A touring buddy of mine, who originally turned me on to these boots, also went through two pairs of Transalps before she switched brands, but her problems were all hardware/quality related I believe. Apparently Fischer sent her a replacement when her shells started cracking and when the new boots fell apart too Fischer would not replace them. Both of us ski 30-50 backcountry days a year, and neither of us are hard on our equipment.
Hope this review helps. No touring boot is prefect but the comfort alone was not enough to redeem these boots in my experience.
felt like comfort over performance
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This boot was very comfortable straight out of the box, it was GREAT at accommodating my super wide amazonian calves. No pinching, and no issue buckling. The volume in the foot was much larger than I expected, maybe too much if I was going to mold them, but if you need high volume this may be your boot.
The issue I had came when I leaned forward though. Rather than staying tight, the cuff stretched out, and the calf opening got wider/sloppy. I think this boot would benefit from either two buckles up top or a better/stronger power strap, or a much lighter skier.
The flex against the shin did not feel smooth all the way through either, definitely some pressure points along the way. As a result it was not confidence inspiring for being able to lean forward and drive a ski properly.
Are these compatible with a traditional dh/alpine binding as well as a tech pin binding?