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Fischer Travers Carbon Boot

Brand: Fischer
Model: Travers Carbon
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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.

-> ounces
1048g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2096g [27.5]
Buckles one + Boa lace
Boot Sole Length 276mm [25.5]
286mm [26.5]
296mm [27.5]
306mm [28.5]
316mm [29.5]
326mm [30.5]
Binding Compatibility Tech
Cuff Rotation 80°
Forward Lean(s) 14° + Velcro spoiler
Specs Verified Yes
Materials Grilamid, Carbon
Liner Custom moldable Palau
Sole No-Torsion
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski Touring, Ski Mountaineering
Notes Carbon sole added for better power transmission
Bottom Line Great touring boot to get you deeper and farther into the mountains
by bmac (used product regularly)
I've had these now for about 6 weeks but have already put nearly 150k of vert on them thanks to a perfect spring in New England and a 2 week trip to Norway. So I've had the chance to use them in nearly every type of snow, and have skied them with Hagan Ultras and the Fischer Hannibal 94s and 100s. They drive the bigger skis surprisingly well even in challenging conditions (hot pow, crust, etc). The full gaiter is awesome and the boa cinches evenly and snuggly. The power strap and ski/walk lock are beautifully simple and fast. For most touring/non race skimo applications I don't think having one mechanism is necessary. This is nearly as fast. The boots are pretty serviceable as well (boas string is easily replaceable, and buckle, power straps and ski/walk lock are also attached by bolts, so replaceable as well). Only thing I'd like to see is the boa itself attached by something other than rivets, and cuff rivets be replaceable - we'll see how long they last). With steeper the skinning I don't notice the slightly less range of motion compared to my syborgs and Pierre Gignouxs at all. The only time I notice it is skinning on long, flat approaches. I don't think they have quite as much rearward cuff mobility if you're doing more of a nordic diagonal stride. That's probably not an issue for most folks. Initially the toe box was a bit tight but adding a shim under the ball of my foot and getting the inside of the boot blown out a few mm solved that. Easy cheap fix, and expecting a plastic boot to fit perfectly right out of the box is unrealistic. I wore them for probably close to 80 hours in the last two weeks and feet didn't feel beat up at all. Durability so far seems pretty solid even with a good amount of off-snow travel, rock scrambling, etc. My feet measure 285/287 mm. I went with a 28.5 in these, 29 in syborgs and 29 in PGs. I have slightly less room in the toe box than the other two but these fit well. The tech bsl is identical to the syborgs.
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Question from Lonz
Thanks for the quick response. You guys are on it.

To follow-up, what do you mean by 'designed around a duck stance'? Do you mean mounting your skis in a 'reverse pizza' sort of fashion? Does that stop you from accidentally pizzaing when you're trying to point it?

I don't know much about skis, but if it makes you go faster, it sounds pretty cool.

In reference to a boot, does that mean the foot positioning is ducked out by a few degrees relative to the front and back fittings? Thanks again.

Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Lonz! It's tough to explain without having the boot in person, but basically the "duck-footed stance" means the heel mold is turned in a few degrees on the vertical axis; it's kind of leaning in a little bit, if that makes sense. It doesn't really prevent an accidental pizza, but it is one of the reasons why it's been a recent hit among hardbooters...and skiers, for that matter. Imagine squatting a lot of weight at the gym, getting into a starting position for a 100M Sprint, or prepping for a standing box jump. Is your stance in any of those cases as powerful with your feet perfectly forward as it is slightly turned out?
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Question from Lonz
In an above post, jbo says that he (assuming you're a dude...my apologies otherwise) thinks this would make a sweet AT splitting boot due to the flex characteristics. I am wondering if you guys could please elaborate on that, if possible? I am looking to make the switch to hardboots and am seriously considering these.

If you feel comfortable making such comparisons, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the relative merits of these vs the Aliens vs other splitting options (i.e. TLT6s, Siderals, etc.).

If that requires a novel-like response that you don't feel like writing, please feel free to disregard.

Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Lonz! Thanks for reaching out! Yeah, this is a fantastic splitboarding boot and we've had a few really fast hard-booters put it through its paces this season. Forward flex is relatively soft compared to some other boots in its weight class (note to skiers reading this, a soft flexing boot doesn't mean it's not a powerful boot, the Travers carries a very impressive amount of power-per-gram) so it's splitboarder friendly. One feature that's unique to Fischer is the boot is designed around a duck-footed stance (to improve power transfer while skiing) which works out to be a more natural stance, especially with canted pucks, for a hard-boot setup.
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by 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.

-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.

-A little heavier sure.
-Less ankle flexion. I wouldn't race in them.
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Question from Jeff
How can I tell if I have the updated sole -- are there obvious differences?
Answer from jbo
Hi Jeff, easiest way: if you bought it from us, you do! Second easiest would be to send us a picture.
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Question from Matthias

will be size 30/30.5 in stock?

Thank you!
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Matthias. Unfortunately we have placed order after order for that size and so far haven't seen any at all in the shop. At this point I don't think we'll be seeing any.
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Question from Kevin
Just wondering if anyone has used these with the phantom splitboard binding or any other hard boot split binding?
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Kevin. I haven't heard of anyone using this exact boot for a hardboot setup, though it would actually make an awesome hardboot because of the flex characteristics.
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Question from Jeff
Hi Jason - what is the effective tech length for this boot compared to a 27 TLT5? (i.e. can I get away with not redrilling a set of ATK RTs if I get the size 27 Fishers?)
Answer from jbo
Hi Jeff, I don't have a 27 TLT5 on hand at the moment to compare, but I'm pretty sure you'll be about 1.5mm off.
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Question from Fedor F
Hi Jason, could you please provide the exact BSL of these boots for the sizes 26.0/ 26.5 and 27.0 / 27.5 ?
Answer from jbo
Hi Fedor, BSL is a hard thing to measure precisely. I'm happy to compare the effective tech length for you, as compared to another model.
Answer from Fedor F
Thanks Jason. I think that official BSL wich is usually printed on the hill of every boot would be OK for me
Answer from jbo
Sure Fedor, the 27/27.5 says 296mm. Have to wait for more 26.5s but pretty sure we checked those last spring so our specs should be right.
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Question from todd
Why no 27's boots? I am an american 9 to 9.25. The 26.5 dynafits are too small.
Answer from jbo
Hi Todd, Fischer only makes one liner size per shell, meaning 27 and 27.5 are the same boot. You will be close on the 26.5, which are a bit wider than some Dynafits of the same size.
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