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'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.
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.
Extremely light on feet. Really great in walk mode. Sole is not vibram but feels very similar and grippy.
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.
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 email@example.com!
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.
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 ?
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!
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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