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.
|Weight (pair)||2088g [27/27.5]|
||BOA + Tour 45mm + Buckle|
||14° + Velcro spoiler|
||Grilamid shell, Carbon in the sole|
||Custom moldable Palau|
|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.|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
I have a 27.5 Atomic Backland carbon. What size would I wear in this boot? Also...how 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.
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.
Fit: Typically I'm a 27.5 but wear a 28.5 in these which, after skied a dozen or so days, have the perfect amount of room. Overall, my feet are pretty average with no abnormalities. I have a slightly high instep on my right foot due to a long overdue soccer injury that is a part of me now which usually gives me pressure points over the instep. These boots are no different but the discomfort is bearable and isn't enough to warrant any boot fitting service...yet.
Liner: No concrete thoughts here. I run warm and they're warm enough for me and also have yet to show any downsides. Honestly I never have to think about them, good or bad, which is what I want out of a liner.
Durability: So far so good, I have about a dozen days on them and no signs of wear yet. I tend to treat my gear well, so I almost never have any issues with gear durability, but only time will tell. Little to no use on rocks or pavement yet.
Buckles/lock mode: I have to say I'm a big fan of the BOA as it really helps distribute weight evenly and feels good. I've had the dial snag on a few things which has made me nervous compared to a regular buckle but all is well. The top buckle is second to none all you have to do is set the strap and forget it the entire day. It took a few days to find the perfect strap setting but once you find it, all is golden. Lock mode just works, simple as that. No strings, no unnecessary moving parts, just one bar. I've had no issues yet and love how simple and easy it is.
Tour-ability: The ROM is more than I'll ever need needless to say these boots tour like a charm. I get slight heel lift but tightening the BOA helps eliminate this. Excellent walkers, night and day from my MTN explores.
Ski-ability: At first I was a little hesitant and didn't like them since I've never skied a boot this light and it took quite a few days to learn how to ski them properly. They definitely aren't a boot that'll ski for you, nor are they a boot where you will find success in the back seat. Unfortunately it also doesn't help that my skis+bindings are quite a bit heavier than they need to be so I'm sure they'd do better at driving something a bit lighter. The flex is great now that I have a bit more days on them but there is an obvious "wall" you hit at a certain point coming from a boot with a more progressive flex. They shine in beautiful powder and start to struggle in bad snow and when precise skiing(i.e. exits) is needed... or its probably just my ski skills. Overall I can ski them about 90% as well as my MTN Explores.
TL;DR: For me, the boot just works. Simple as that. I don't think need to think about them throughout the entire day and that's what I want from my gear. I highly recommend these boots as a first "light" boot for somebody coming from beefier gear.
Thanks for reaching out! Compared with a Scarpa F1, the Fischer Travers CS will save you some grams on the way up, but will be a little softer flex for the downhill.
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