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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.

Specifications
Weight
-> 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
Design
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
3/1/2018
Question from Dabu
 
Looking seriously at these boots for endurance and fitness touring, not ski mountaineering or racing. They will drive an Atomic Backland UL 78 ski. Due to my messed up feet I need a wide boot and wear size 12 shoes. My new Scarpa Maestrale RS boots are size 28 and fit incredibly well, my best boot fit ever, especially after you punched out the toe boxes. My 28 Maestrale RS's have a BSL of 314mm.

Questions:

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?

Thanks
3/1/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Dabu! Why don't you fill out our online boot fitter and we can dive into the details over email? Let me know!
3/1/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Dabu, yes these can be punched without issue. No problem mounting for those two boot sole lengths. There are various Intuition and Palau liners to it's hard to compare them all; the stock liner is on the low-density side in the Travers. The TLT7 Performance and Carbonio are also on the wide side and very comparable.
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2/19/2018
by Jack (used product regularly)
 
Time to post up a review for these boots. I've put a little over 100k of vertical on them now, all aboard a set Fischer Alpattack skis and bindings.

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.
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2/1/2018
Question from Herb
 
How flat is the boot board in the Travers and is it removable? Also how does the heel fit compare to the Dynafit TLT5?
2/1/2018
Answer from Nate
 
Hi Herb, this boot actually does not have a boot board inside, but the sole of the boot is pretty flat. In comparison to a TLT5 the heel pocket is well defined but slightly wider in the Travers.
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1/31/2018
by mbillie1 (used product regularly)
 
I've been using these for this meager season, ~50k vert on em over a number of smaller days, including a few races. Disclaimer, these are the lightest boots I've used so I can't compare them to proper skimo boots. My previous boots were green TLT6Ps. I've been skiing them MOSTLY on 177 Movement Response-X w/race bindings and 179 Down Countdown 102Ls with race bindings, occasionally with 180 G3 Manhattans with Radical STs.

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.
3/21/2018
Reply from mbillie1
 
update with ~45 days and ~100k' hiked on them, these are the best boots I've ever owned. the only noticeable wear is one of the ski mode levers had the tiny piece of accessory cord rip off, which I rarely used anyway honestly.

love these things!!!
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1/13/2018
Question from Kamil
 
Hey. I'm really interested in these boots vs Scarpa Aline RS. Do you have your own comparison between the two? What is the last of Fischer's sole? Scarpas have 99mm.
Will be grateful for any further hints.

Kamil
1/13/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Kamil, yes we have a fit profile worked up for all the boots on the site. The Fischer is noticeably wider than the Aliens, and has different length sizing. Visit our boot fitter for a detailed workup.
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1/6/2018
Question from johnee
 
Greetings,

What is the sole length of the 26.5?

-j
1/6/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Johnee, it is 286mm.
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1/5/2018
Question from Bob
 
Will the Fischer Travers release appropriately from the Vipec 12 Black bindings? Not the new Tectron
1/5/2018
Answer from Nate
 
Hi Bob, from what we have seen working with the Fischer Travers and the Vipec bindings, there should not be a problem with this boot releasing from the Vipec appropriately.
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12/10/2017
Question from Luke
 
Hi,

I ski a 26.5 in a Black Diamond Quadrant and am looking to upgrade to a lighter setup and eying the Travers. Will their sizing be consistent with Black Diamond? I had the toe-box slightly expanded in the Quadrants (I generally lean towards adding volume to a smaller boot). Thanks!
12/11/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Luke! Yeah, sizing sounds like it'd be the same between the two boots!
12/11/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Luke, lengthwise they are similar but the BD is a wider boot. You could slightly expand the Fischers as well, but I'm guessing a 27 might fit a bit better out of the box. For more details, visit our boot fitter.
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12/5/2017
Question from Richard S
 
Is the entire cuff made from carbon fiber (so it is difficult to punch or bend outwards)?
12/5/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Richard, it sure isn't! It's plastic and punchable.
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9/26/2017
by Land H (used product regularly)
 
I used these boots throughout winter 2017, probably ~130k of vert and many days and hours, including a couple of hut trips in Idaho, a bunch of Utah powder days, even the Powderkeg. Can't say I abused them by trying to do rocky ridge traverses and mixed climbs or anything, but I did walk about 5 miles of City Creek pavement in them once.

For reference, I ski in tecnica inferno 130 boots in the resort and have previously used Mercuries, ONE's and the Maestrale RS for touring. In all those boots, I've used intuition liners and custom footbeds.
Touring on Voile Vectors 180 with Superlight 2.0.

FIT:
Maybe I got very lucky on these, but it's the only pair of ski boots I've ever had that did not require any fit modifications. In all my other boots, I've had issues with width and instep height, so I would imagine that this boot is fairly wide in the forefoot and the BOA system is forgiving on the instep. The heel hold when the liner is new is fantastic and, even now that the liner is pretty packed out and showing signs of wear, is still good. I do wish the cuff could be tighter, the buckle power strap design limits the amount of velcro you can pull through and I have it on max tight all the time, but I'm used to cranked down alpine boots and I like to ski the front of the boot if that makes sense. I would like it if they had an extra molded spot to move the buckle.

DESIGN:
The Palau liner is very thin, light and flexible and is perfect for this boot IMO. That said, it has worn quickly, to the point that I have thought about trying to get a new set. The gaiter system is a tad fussy, but I haven't had any issues with snow intrusion and it makes the walk mode much more free. The BOA system works very well, I can crank it down and achieve a close fit without pressure points. I think this contributes to the great heel hold. Zero reliability issues. Ski/walk mechanism is a simple solution that works really well. I see no reason for the more complex mechanisms in some boots. There is a tiny bit of play in ski mode that I notice on the bench, but it doesn't bother me when skiing. The cuff buckle/power strap has a really nice long throw that enables you to leave the power strap tight, unbuckle for full range of motion and buckle to ski. No fuss, no problem.

TOURABILITY:
Empowering! I think the range of motion is better than the hiking boots I have to wear all summer. I've never used race boots, but these have got to be close. I've tried on F1s and TLTs and they don't come close to the Fischers. I barely use my heel risers now. Transitions are pretty much fuss free, with just two easy lever throws per boot. Would be cool if they had a one lever action a la race boots, but no big deal. Like I said, I walked about 5 miles of pavement in them with no issues (other than my burning desire for Domino's, but that had nothing to do with the boots). Also, they are very warm, possibly due mostly to the good fit, but my feet haven't gotten cold anytime other than a zero degree dawn patrol. And that was probably due to some sensitivity from a bit of recent frostbite.

SKIABILITY:
These aren't powerhouse stiff boots, but they do feel intuitive, skiable and confidence inspiring. I don't go out into the backcountry to crush crud and rail groomers anyway. The upright forward lean is one of the reasons I bought these, having had issues with ramp and lean on past setups and it works well. Combined with a nice, easy ski like the vector, I think I ski better and more confidently in these boots than on my past setups (huascarans and mercuries). The torsionally stiff sole and the "duck-foot stance" thing mentioned above might be beneficial here, but I can't really tell enough to say. All I can say is that they ski well enough that I wouldn't hesitate to use them on any terrain. I wouldn't be charging, but I could make a nice turn and be in total control.

DURABILITY:
No issues here, other than the liner packing out, which doesn't really affect the performance of the boot very much. Sole shows basically no wear, but I haven't done hardly any rocky bootpacking stuff. Seems to me it would hold up well.

Bottom line, for me, backcountry gear should be intuitive, light and reliable and these check all these boxes in spades. I never think about them when I'm touring, they just work.
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