Welcome Fischer to the skimo boot club. And what an entrance! The Travers Carbon is a compelling ski boot that weighs barely a kilo. It has the torsional stiffness of an alpine boot, due to the placement of a carbon fiber sheath in the sole. It has an incredibly smooth fit dial on the forefoot: a BOA cable rigged around brass pulleys. It has a rugged Velcro upper-buckle that controls the stiffness. It has a simple ski/walk mode lever for quick changes. It has a robust, waterproof liner cover to keep the snow out. It has 80° of ankle articulation. Did we mention it barely weighs a kilo? True story.
No-Torsion base is built with a layer of carbon fiber in the sole to prevent twisting*.
Waterproof gaiter affixed to the lower shell keeps all outside moisture off the liner.
Lace Frame System is a BOA closure that enables a precise fit with a simple twist.
Active Cuff is a free-pivoting cuff system with incredible range and lack of friction.
Forefoot width is on the plus side for the categories of racing and lightweight touring.
Comfortable Palau liner is heat moldable and easy to get on and off with webbing loops.
Phatt Maxx Tour buckle is a combination buckle and adjustable Velcro power strap.
Simple rear lever-throw is stiff and tucks neatly into the cuff when walking.
FYI, Travers (not traverse) is an amalgamation of the words TRAnsalp and VERSatile.
* With tech bindings, the boot sole is the bridge between the toe and heel, and a more rigid connection results in greater power transfer.
Update 2016/17: Fischer updated the sole after the early production run of spring 2016 to prevent premature wear. All our stock has the update.
Great touring boot to get you deeper and farther into the mountains
Eric C (downright abused product)
I race in the DNA and was using the Dynafit PDG as my training/touring/climbing boot for which it was adequate at everything but excellent at nothing. I switch to the Travers and have completely stopped using the PDG.
Pros: -It's stiffer and skies better than the PDG. Paired with a 80-100mm underfoot ski for touring days, it's freaking awesome. -An actual full gaiter means that snow and slush don't pour into the front of the boot like the PDG. No snow in my boots! It's a miracle! -Much warmer than the PDG for alpine climbing. -Only a few grams heavier than the PDG so I still feel reasonable doing training sessions/intervals in them when my feet hurt too much to use the DNA. -I like the boa system - feels very secure. -Have already endured a good beating that would have taken serious life out of the PDGs.
Cons: -A little heavier sure. -Less ankle flexion. I wouldn't race in them.