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Fischer Travers CS Boot

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It used to be that Search and Rescue operators recommended that b*ckcountry (can't use the full word, gotta keep Big Backcountry off our case) recreationists take mirrors to signal for help when they get lost-- not anymore!! Nowadays, if you're in the backcountry and need a rescue, simply find a long stick and hold your Fischer Travers CS boots up in the air, and their glowing green hue will attract every rescuer within a 15-mile radius. In addition to their hi-vis paint job, the Travers CS boots have a spec sheet that tick's nearly every necessary box on the "What Backcountry Skiers Want" list. A huge range of motion in the ankle, the super-adjustable Boa lower-boot closure system, and a stiff carbon sole are just a few reasons to grab a pair of these featherweight touring boots for yourself. Fischer's nifty stance-improving technology, Somatec, positions your feet in a faint v-shape that improves power transfer down to your ski edges, while the Grilamid lower shell takes a punch better than Mohammed Ali (the Skimo Co boxing team? Featherweight division only). If you like skin tracks, soft snow, and long days, then Fischer Travers CS ski boots are sure to be a perfect companion for all your snowy endeavors.

  • With a kevlar sole, the Travers CS is designed to be solid and stiff and able to handle hard skiing with minimal shell flex and slop.
  • An adjustable velcro strap and sliding buckle make for easy and fast transitions.
  • A notch in the back cuff of the boot beds the ski/walk lever and eliminates unintentional transitions while booting and scrambling.
  • Brass rollers smoothly allow the Boa cable to tension the lower boot without any hotspots.
  • The Grilamid lower shell can be punched to accommodate odd and strange feet.
  • Soma Tech, Fischer’s secret sauce, angles your feet outward three degrees for a more natural, powerful stance.
  • Toe and heel lugs make automatic crampon attachment easy and fast.

Update 2022/23: A new colorway means these boots can no longer be used to flag down Search and Rescue. Fischer also added a new beefier adjustable sliding buckle for a 31g weight increase from the previous iteration.

Update 2023/24: Fischer is keeping it fresh with another change in colorway. No changes to the construction of the boot.

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1075g [27/27.5]
Weight (pair) 2150g [27/27.5]
Buckles   BOA + Tour 45mm + Buckle
Boot Sole Length   266mm [24.5]
276mm [25.5]
286mm [26.5]
296mm [27.5]
306mm [28.5]
316mm [29.5]
326mm [30.5]
Binding Compatibility   Tech only
Cuff Rotation   80°
Forward Lean(s)   14° + Velcro spoiler
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Grilamid shell, Carbon in the sole
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 A perfect balance between up and downhill performance
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Zesheng H
Hi: Skimo

My boot liners almost worn out. I wonder if there is replacement liners available from fischer or 3rd party one?

Thank you
Answer from Jeff
Zesheng, Factory liners are not available.
This liner from Palau would be a good replacement liner - Lite.
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Question from Mike Gohn
My son is doing the Grand Traverse race in Co. He is looking to get fitted for boots for the race. He lives in ft collins Co. Thanks Mike
Answer from Niko M
Hi Mike! Awesome! Have him fill out our  Boot Fitter and we can dive into the details. Thanks!
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Question from Emil
I like Travers cs much. I'm using it with semi-light (1160g) 86mm wide skis. Uphil and downhill performance, comfort, durability, everyting is great. But the actual weight of 295 (300 shell) is 1020g shell + 190g liner + 34 spoiler = 1244g. That is quite different from 980g for marketed reference size. Are all other brands referring boot weight without liner?
Answer from jbo
Hi Emil, Fischer uses a size 26.5 for reference. We standardize on 27.5 in our verified specs above. Bigger sizes obviously weigh more.
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Question from Steph
Hi! I had a chance to demo these boots on a 96 underfoot ski. Looking to build a setup on the Weston Summit Carbon- a dedicated touring ski- 105 underfoot, and curious if I’m pushing my luck. 5’5” 125 lbs, light on my feet tele skier looking to play with AT. Being small, cutting weight in the skintrack is a huge priority. You think I can get away with it?
Answer from Emmett I

You could probably ski the Weston Summit Carbons with this boot. In crud or other conditions where you want more power, they might feel a little soft, but in ideal conditions, they should be alright. Keep in mind that the lateral stiffness of these boots is plenty, it's primarily the forward stiffness that is the limiting factor. So keeping that in mind, I'd recommend sizing down length-wise a bit.
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Question from brian
Would this boot work on skimo race skis (if I ever buy any), or is it too beefy and heavy for that?
Right now I'm in a pair of Fischer Rangers and they fit great and ski great on my touring skis (Rossignol Blackops Alpineer 96) , but want to get something lighter that I can use both on these skis as well as a pair of race skis (someday)
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Brian, this boot will work on skimo race skis, it's pretty darn light for a touring boot and provides a great range of motion. Not as much as full on race boots of course, but it's a good compromise for everyday touring/skiing ability. Your Rossignol Blackops Alpineer 96's look to be ~1300g per ski depending on length, which is a fine weight to be skiing with this boot as well.
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Question from Barrett K
Hello Skimo, do you sell replacement parts for the Travers boot? I have a 21/22 model CS I recently broke my BOA dial off - so I need the part from Fischer that attaches the Boa dial to the boot. Also both of my power straps are fraying, so I was wondering if there are replacement straps/buckles? Maybe even an upgrade part to the new strap? Thank you!
Answer from Niko M
Hi Barrett, send us an email at and we may be able to help you out. Thanks!
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Alaski (downright abused product)
Light enough, great walking mode, punched them out every which way to fit my wide forefoot, used mostly for long wilderness tours from 20 to 200 miles with lightweight skis. Really fantastic range of motion. They climb great with good heel hold, zero blister issues.
Great downhill ski boot in normal backcountry conditions, quick and easy cuff lock action. I wouldn't charge at a resort with them but would have no issue, casually resort skiing with them. Hopefully that distinction makes sense.
Downsides: a bit of a hassle to take off IMO ( especially in a tent) and the soles are pretty thin so if you are going to be out long in temperatures below minus 15 F I'd recommend a far better insulation type foot bed under liner, the liner itself is also a hair thinner than standard IMO, boot glove needed in those temps also if out long enough.
Overall a great boot, I'd give them 5 stars if I lived in a less cold climate.
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Question from Lou B
I have the Movement Free Tour boot that I have never really been to happy with, specifically uphill performance, and fit, they ski pretty well. Today I had major issues getting out of ski mode and trying to skin. The mechanism kept locking into ski mode. Looking to replace.
My question is, can these boot be expected to perform downhill with my Volkl Rise Beyond 96 at 184 with Ski Trab Titan Vario? I’m 6’1 185.
Answer from eric
Lou- You might be pushing the end range of this boot with your size and ski. You might look at the Fischer Transalp Pro instead for your set up.
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Question from Chris
Can this boot be heat molded/punched out, if necessary?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Chris, this boot can indeed have the liner molded and the shell punched!
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Question from Koby
Love these boots but after a few seasons I've worn through the stock liners. They fit really well with the stock Palau liners, I was wondering what you'd recommend for the best replacement that would have the closest volume to the original liners? Thanks!
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Koby,
The Palau Tour Lite Pro liner is going to be the closest to the stock liner in terms of volume and fit.
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Edward M (downright abused product)
I've owned these since 2017. Mine are nearly worn out and I honestly think I'll just buy the same boot again when they're finally done. They're great lightweight boots with enough power for backcountry skiing. I gave 5 stars but they're not perfect. Here's the few problems I've had. 1) When I'm skinning on the flat or slightly downhill, the boot presses against my achilles tendon. It's not a huge problem but it's a bit uncomfortable on a really long flat approach. 2) The gaiter will start to tear off the boot in time. Mine started to fail about 2 years ago. They still work but a little more snow can make its way down around the liner than it did before. 3) The BOA system broke off one of my boots recently. It turns out BOA (the company) will send you replacement parts for free. My daughter broke the BOA on her scarpa F1s and I had no trouble getting a replacement from BOA for hers. However, I still haven't seen the parts for mine and its been a month now. In the meantime I have a voile strap holding the instep down.
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Question from Greg
Hi Skimo,

I'm considering this boot or the TLT8 Exp. How would you compare/contrast the downhill performance between these? I ski a voile objective in mostly hard and packed conditions. Both boots fit similarly mediocre in their own ways.
Answer from Ian C
Hi Greg, thanks for the question. I would say both of these boots ski roughly average for their weight categories, putting the TLT8 slightly on top for downhill performance. One difference is that the Dynafit uses a buckle plus a power strap over the cuff for a little more progressive stiffness.
Answer from jbo
I'd agree with Ian. On the flip side, the Travers walks a bit better, so it might come down to an uphill vs downhill preference.
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Nate (used product regularly)
I love these boots! They're a great balance of the uphill and the downhill. They ski well, are reasonably light, fit fantastic, are simple in design, and make me very happy on both short laps and long days. I ski them with the boot board to take up room, some blue Superfeet insoles, and with the spoilers for a little more support in the rear. So far I've skied about 75 miles and 35,000 feet of vertical in them, so this isn't a long-term review but fairly well-informed for a "first impression" review.

Since boot performance is often as much about fit than anything else, I'll describe my feet and some ski boot history.

My feet: I struggle with my feet and my first 5-15 tours of every season are all about breaking my feet in. I typically get blisters on both my heels and on my talus. I have a six toe on my left foot and a bunion on my right. I have low arches, a wide forefoot, mid-volume overall, and a skinny heel. If Dynafit still made the Vulcans I'd still be using those, but finally, I found a boot that I'm very happy with. So maybe if you got along well with Vulcans, you will get along with the Travers also.

Past history with boots: I've used Dynafit Hojis, a couple of pairs of Dynafit Vulcans, Sportiva Sytrons, Scarpa Maestrales, Scarpa Denalis, some 130 flex BD boots that I forget the name of, and different types of Scarpa tele boots.

Downhill ski performance is good for the weight class and with both 85 underfoot and 95 underfoot skis. I haven't had any issues with cold feet. Without having skiied too many other boots in this weight class it's hard to say it skies better or worse than the F1 or the Backland (for instance), but it skis well. It does feel soft, progressive, and predicatable.

Outdoor Gear Lab reported that their testers felt some pain in their achilles tendon after/while skinning. After skiing three days in a row I've gotten that a bit, too, in my right foot, although it's not been severe enough to be a problem--nothing beyond merely noticing an uncomfortable sensation. At no point has it been enough to make me think of cutting a tour short nor having to adopt a "suffer-through-it" mindset.

The Boa dial seems great for my foot. I can imagine that those with skinny mid- and forefeet may miss the buckles to crank it down, or perhaps need to go with a somewhat thicker sock. A WildSnow reviewer noted that having to push the tongue down so that the tongue baffles lay flat across the foot is minorly annoying, but it hasn't bothered me a bit. It's quick, and I only need to do it once when I put my boots on.

The boots are more of a pain to get off than my Hojis. On is quick.

I wish that the velcro strap was a bit taller. I think that this would be a reasonable way to add a bit more downhill support for just a small weight penalty.
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Matt (used product a few times)
I bought the boots in spring 2021 to climb pnw volcanos and used them 7 or 8 days. I ski them with Fischer Hannibal 96s and G3 Ions

Uphill performance:
Extremely light on feet. Really great in walk mode. Sole is not vibram but feels very similar and grippy.

Downhill performance:
Leaves a lot to be desired. I tent to ski these boots pretty conservatively as a result. Hoping that I gain confidence the more I ski them.

I think that the downhill compromise is well worth the uphill performance. As someone who tours more for fitness than to ski big lines, they make a lot of sense when paired with a lightweight uphill-oriented setup. I wouldn’t pair these with a burly setup expecting major downhill performance.
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Question from Jesse
looking to pair skis/bindings to this boot and was wondering what the upper ends of length and width on a ski would you'd recommend for a 5'9" 175# dude. leaning towards low 170s in length but really interested your experiences with 100 vs 90 vs 80mm underfoot skis.
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Jesse,

Great question! Based on your dimensions, I would recommend a ski in the low to mid 170cm range. Based on that, the Fischer Travers CS has plenty of power for a ski that is in the 80-95mm range. For a ski that is 95+mm, your question becomes more subjective.

For a skier your size, in softer snow, I think you will have plenty of boot for a ski up to 100mm. If you are charging hard in firm conditions, a ski that is 100mm or more will probably start to feel under-powered with the Travers CS. Alternatively, really soft powder is super forgiving, and you could probably drive a ski without issue that is over 100mm. If you have further questions, reach out to us at!
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Question from Peter
Hi, I'm really keen on the sounds of these but have been unable to find a pair to try on. I'm a 27.5. I've tried on a TransAlp and it doesn't fit me at all - way too wide in the heel. However, a Ranger 130 Walk DYN seems to fit perfectly (only tried on in the store, not skied on them). I have been running a pair of Salomon QST PRO 120 TR for the last 2 years which fit pretty good, but are perhaps a shade wide, and have recently purchased an Atomic Hawx XTD 120 which seem to fit well, more snug than the QST, but I have not yet skied them. The big issue is I seem to have quite a narrow heel. Thanks for your help.
Answer from Jeremy L
Thanks for reaching out, Peter! The Travers is very similar to the Transalp, and if the Transalp didn't fit well, the Travers definitely wouldn't either. If you're looking for some new boots, please check out our online bootfitter and we'll look forward to helping you out!
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Question from Dane Burns
Greetings Skimo!
I'm A very tight 28 or a loose 29 in the older TLT6. I still ski both. And 29 TLT8 which seems sloppy. And a tight 28 in most everything else Scarpa and La Sportiva. What size would you suggest in the CS? Thanks.
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Dane. If possible, please use our online bootfitter and we'll look forward to helping you out!
Answer from jbo
Hi Dane, good to hear from you! Tightness and sloppiness can manifest in multiple ways which would affect our answer, hence the request for more specific info. Knowing nothing else, a 28 with some fit work would be best guess, but it's possible you're between sizes and/or it's not the right boot for you. Good news is we're blessed with many more options as compared to the TLT5 & 6 days.
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Question from Chris

I have race boots Fischer The Curv One 130 HV which are 105mm wide (last) in my size 28.5. I am a little bit narrow into it.

Which is the wider for wide foot : This Fisher travers CS or the Dynafit PDG2 ?

I have heard Travers CS is 104mm last in size 28.5, which is narrower than my race boots.. is that correct ?
What is the last of the Dynafit PDG2 in size 28.5 ?

Thank you.
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your questions, Chris. While numbers don't mean everything, the Travers CS in a 28.5 is a 104mm last and the 28.5 PDG2 is roughly 104mm as well.

The PDG 2 essentially is a downsized TLT7, meaning a 28.5 PDG2 is a 27.5 TLT7 with a thinner liner. Because the comparison between a PDG2 and Travers isn't even (they are in different categories), I would give a slight edge to the Travers in terms of room based on a shell fit, but only because it isn't downsized like a race boot is supposed to be. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
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Question from Vaclav
Hello, how does the Fischer Travers CS sizing and fit, compare to Scarpa Maestrale (the orange one)? My existing boot is Scarpa Maestrale 27.0 which fits great - wonder if Fischer 27.5 or 26.5 will be better ... My Fischer XC skiing shoes (RC3 Combi) is a US9. Thank you !
Answer from Julieana
Hey Vaclav, if you email us at we can go much more in-depth in assessing the right size and boot for you. In general, this boot is fairly wide in the ankle and heel and is slightly wider than average in forefoot width. Compared to the Maestrale it will fit quite similarly, though possibly a touch wider in the heel and definitely squarer in the toe box. They do tend to run just a touch snug so without your foot measurements I would tentatively say the 27.5 might be the best choice.
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Question from Brett Nichols
I have a 27.5 Atomic Backland carbon. What size would I wear in this boot? would you compare this boot with the Scarpa F1 LT. I ski two pairs of skis. One is 96 wide the other 110. I have a pretty low volume foot.

Answer from Patrick C

I would stick with a 27.5 for the Travers CS if the 27.5 Backland Carbon works well for you. If you are on skis as large as 110 at the waist neither of these boots will be ideal, but the F1 LT will have a better time handling your quiver of boards.
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