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.
|Weight (pair)||2096g [27.5]|
|Buckles||one + Boa lace|
|Boot Sole Length||276mm [25.5]
|Forward Lean(s)||14° + Velcro spoiler|
|Liner||Custom moldable Palau|
|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|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
Also, would these be a warranty item. They are only about 1.5 years old but have over 100 days of use and it shows.
Unfortunately no, the toe lug of this boot does not have enough meat to it for the Shift to bite down on.
hikes better and no tongues to deal with. So if you are for a long tour boot, it is worth looking into.
The fit is smaller and narrower than the 26.5 F1. I required a toe punch on the front (they were slightly too short) of the boot and a 6th toe punch. No big deal, it worked out nicely.
I skied them for 19 days straight, 15 of those with an overnight pack across the Sierra Crest. I skied on Zeds and MTN Explore 95s. Coming from the F1, I much prefer these boots, I like the more upright position, especially with 6 days food in my backpack... Are they softer than the F1? Maybe, but like I said, I personally prefer the way these ski and do not notice any less stiffness although I suppose they probably are.
The transitions are downright easy and I feel spoiled by these. No more velcro, no more buckles! So good!
Durability. Yes they look beat up, yes they took a beating, scrambling, cramponing, crashing, jumping, kicking, and general slabby rock hanging out. They look used, but they are sound. Boa, buckles, and rollers all intact. Also, the soles, which look real thin, are holding up pretty well, I was worried but now am relieved.
A bonus, I sometimes ski 4FRNT Hojis with them in cruiser conditions. Why bring the beef boot when I can walk with supreme ROM in these as long as I'm not getting too sendy! They'll easily drive fun pow turns on those skis.
These boots are outstanding.
ONE FLAW: No leash attachment except up high on the buckle. This is unacceptable! I'm not gonna clip my leash to the boa cable on the remote traverses I use this boot for!
Luckily it's an easy mod. To replace one of the lower most rivets with a T-nut and ring.
This boot is a 100 mm last. Dynafit boots have a wider toe box, Atomic boots punch out quite nicely. Finding a boot that fits you well and modifying from there if necessary will best get you into a light boot.
Favorite Kits with this boot,
Fischer Hannibal (2019) 176cm/G3 Zed/leashes
Fischer Transalp 88 (2018) 177cm/G3 Ion LT/leashes
Skimoco type, Transitional, touring faster, going out farther, taking fewer breaks and seeking steeper lines.
To date this season, I have ascended more than 34,000 feet and have near 140,000 feet on the down in these boots. Ok, I admit it, I ride the chair to ski with the commander (my wife).
Coming from a 120 "flex" freeride boot as a daily driver to this soft flexing but laterally stiff AT boot was an eye opening experience. In a good way though. The softer flex has helped enforce what has been beat into my head regarding weighting the balls and heels equally and keeping the body centered to forward on the ski. The back seat is no place to be in these boots.
When looking at the boot from aft, it is clear to see the cuffs are canted outward quit a bit and getting the inside ski, inside edge to do some of the work has been quite a chore. It is getting easier getting the knee into the hill by doing a few catch and release drills each time out.
Now for the fluff stuff. The cuff range of motion is quite large and the cuff rotates with no resistance. The Velcro strap is easy to adjust and has a large enough adjustment that may be loosened and the buckle left closed. The cuff lock lever may be locked and unlocked easily with gloves on and the lace liner is easy to secure. The boa system closes the boot around the foot rather than down on it.
More than shaving time off ascents and being matched well to the softer skis I am riding, the Traverse Carbon boots are helping keep knee joint pain to pretty much non existent. They are comfortable, warm and perform well for my type of touring and skiing. In fact, the boots are helping me cross over, without hesitation into the Type III fun zone more and more.
I would to thank the Skimoco group for educating me with regards to narrower skis and softer boots.
I agree, but not out of the box. I had to get a small part of the boot heated with a ton of padding added to my foot, and now there isn't really any pressure point. But my instep is REALLY high.
They tour like a dream, transition with a quick buckle and switch, and ski very well for the weight. I wish that they had a carbon or other such stiff material built into the liner tongue, to spread out the cuff pressure. That would be sweet.
My foot measurements, which I am including may help explain the size I chose.
Instep 273 mm
Boot size 28.5 306mm
Skimoco type Neophyte
I attempted to try a 296mm shell (at another shop because I was curious about the boot). That didn't work out so well.
For this tour up Collins, the boots were paired with 170 cm K2 Annex 108's and Fritschi Vipec's (White). Snow quality ranged from slushy at the base to heavy dense high butterfat content snow at the top of Collins.
On the up, the cuff range of motion (ROM) was far superior to any boot I have owned and foot/liner movement was non existent due to the liner laces. The ROM was so good, I kept unlocking the toe pieces with every few strides. The toe lock problems were my fault, the bindings were set up to another pair of boots and I should have changed to a toe clip with a lower height.
Could a boot this light having such a large cuff ROM with no resistance ski well? I wondered if this was going to be similar to driving a very old semi truck with bad brakes, no clutch and loaded up with a piece of heavy construction equipment on it's trailer, down Parley's Canyon. To my relief, that scenario did not play out. The first few turns on the donkey path to High Main were slow and calculated so I could get some feedback on what I got myself into. Then, heading down High Main it was time to shed my Type II binky and lean into what I hoped would not be a sucker punch. (cue trumpets, sun breaking through the clouds) The boots did what they were meant for in today's conditions and allowed me to ski passively aggressive. I was relaxed and comfortable making more turns and skiing faster than I normally would in these conditions.
This being the first day on snow with the boots was a pleasant surprise. The boots performed up and down better than expected and were comfortable. I will follow up as soon as conditions improve and I have more time in the boots.
Had it not been for the Skimo on-line bootfitter, I would not have considered this boot.
I'd say that the Travers Carbon is in between the TLT6 and F1, but maybe a bit closer to the F1 in terms of forefoot width.
You can definitely mold the liners but they are thin enough that after 5-8 days of skiing that'll pretty much take care of it. I think that if you are getting a distinct pressure point somewhere in the boot then you should probably mold the liners, but otherwise it's probably not necessary if the boot is fitting fine.
Volume is a decent amount higher than the TLT6 and I'd say probably a bit higher than the F1 even so yeah, there's definitely room for a thin footbed in there depending on your fit, a footbed might even be beneficial.
No official word on the ramp angle, but based on the design theories of the rest of the boot (Fischer built the boot based on a very powerful foot position that's slightly different than other boot manufacturers) and based on what I personally have experienced in the boots, it seems like it's pretty dang flat. I guess what I'm meaning to say is that the heel has never felt excessively tall or anything.
1. How does Scarpa sizing compare with Fischer? Do you think I could fit into a 28 Travers Carbon?
2. Have you had success punching the Grilamid shells?
3. A size 28 Travers Carbon BSL is 306mm. Can you mount my ATK bindings with the 30mm adjustable plate so that it would fit both boots?
4. Are folks happy with the Palau liners? If not, which Intuition liner do you recommend?
5. Is there another sub-kilo boot that would fit a wide foot that I should be considering?
By far the most comfortable out of the box fit I've ever had in a ski boot. This is my first uphill boot moving from the BD Factor 130 and I am amazed by the combo of ski-ability and lightweight. While not a pure race boot they haven't slowed me down too much in my first season of racing.
The simplicity of these boots is perhaps the biggest feature - simple walk lock using rear bar, easy to use power-strap latch and nicely designed BOA lace system all designed around a full liner and gaiter. No hidden cables or walk mode locks to break in the backcountry. My only complaints - occasional ice build up in the walk lock/heel interface and the power strap is too long (typically ski 1cm past shortest marking). Both of these are truly nitpicks and have very little performance effect.
I'm very excited to use the boot with a new Salomon X-Alp setup for spring tours and PNW Volcanoes this summer. Should be a perfect 1kg boot + 1kg ski combo.
At some point I will be looking to upgrade to a race boot, but I won't hesitate to use these regularly in training. The only disadvantages are a bit of extra weight, non-booty liner, and two step ski-to-walk when comparing to a true race boot. With that said the range of motion is still very impressive for a full liner boot comparing to those I've tried on.
Firstly, these walk, skin and boot beautifully. I thought the TLT6P would be hard to beat in terms of uphill performance, but the Travers make the TLTs feel like alpine boots. A noticeable 5-6" additional per stride is possible with all the rearward flexibility these boots offer. Secondly, they ski great. I would say that, when you really tighten the strap, they do not give up much if anything to the 6P in downhill performance. I even took them inbounds with my heavy kit (~1900g skis + ~500g bindings) and was stunned how well they did. They're super warm, the Boa system gives a very nice fit around the foot, the gaiter keeps the snow out when it's deep, and they ski great. What's not to love?
I'm not a big velcro guy and I wish the strap was a bit more adjustable, I've got fairly skinny lower legs and I end up with a good amount of "tail" left over when I really wail down the straps, but it's a small gripe, and I suppose I could always cut the extra off. So far it hasn't failed to hold, even when somewhat snowy.
I'm super happy with them. They improve on my TLT6Ps massively in uphill performance, markedly in warmth, while giving up <= 5% in performance, maybe nothing. If they had a non-velcro upper buckle I'd probably buy a backup pair just to hoard.
love these things!!!
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