Fischer TRAVERS Collection 2020 | REVIEW | Travers CC, Travers CS, Travers GR, Travers TS Best ski touring boots out there

Fischer TRAVERS Collection 2020 | REVIEW | Travers CC, Travers CS, Travers GR, Travers TS Best ski touring boots out there

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The Fischer Travers models fo season 2019/20, from left: Travers GR, Travers TS, Travers CS, Travers CC

The History

2015 – first prototype testing in the Austrian Alps. Most people thought I was using military boots for ski mountaineering.

The 2016/17 season has been the start of a very special ski touring boot.. After several prototypes, a lot of time and lifeblood our baby was finally ready.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive right from the beginning. „Finally a shoe that is pleasant to climb without bootfitting and at the same time performs well on the descent. It fits exactly the needs of ambitious ski-mountaineers!“

So, what makes the Fischer Travers so successful?

Top fit & weight under 1 kg but high downhill performance at the same time

The Travers has a relatively high-volume last and thus feels like slippers on your feet. It is one of the very few ski touring boots in which almost everyone feels comfortable right from the beginning. Without a break-in phase, without adaptation, without other tedious procedures. I have already wandered 30 km in the Andes in one day with them and skis on my backpack – it is like a light mountaineering boot. At the same time, the Travers performs extremely well on the descent.

No bells and whistles

The boot is clean. Free from meaningless innovations or supposedly groundbreaking inventions (which actually don’t solve a real problem and often lead to recalls). Everything that has proven itself on the market is united and optimized in the Travers.

Perfect closure of the Boa system through pulley guides

The Boa system instead of a lower buckle has proven for quite some time in various ski touring boots. This means that the boot closes tightly at the instep for the heel hold and only slightly at the toes for the necessary blood circulatio. Thus there is a perfect distribution of the closing force. Unique to the Travers: the pulleys for the plastic-sheathed steel cable. This eliminates the wear of the system as with boots with Boa System without pulleys. I’ve never had rope issues – not even in a prototype.

Simple, efficient ski-walk mechanism

There is hardly another part of ski touring boots in which more energy has been put into unnecessary improvements in recent years. The Travers has a solid, simple, maintenance-free lever for ski to walk mode that works reliably.

No annoying, additional closure strap in addition to the upper buckle

Because you simply don’t need it for ski touring. Ski touring is mountaineering in winter, not alpine skiing.

Casual design

The boot doesn’t look strange-futuristic. However, still presents trendy and sporty.

Full crampon compatibility

Despite the crampon compatibility the Travers offers a tremendously short sole length in all sizes. This gives you a much better feeling when climbing on rock.

Palau liners

The top models (CC & CS) of the collection are equipped with liners  from the French manufacturer Palau. In my opinion the best liner on the market.

Low resistance cuff rotation

The cuff rotation is 80°. That’s a nice feature, but in practice it doesn’t help – because you can use a maximum of 50° in long moves. Rotation of the cuff without resistance is much more important. The heavier ski touring boots hardly offer this – even if they often have a rotation angle of 60° and more. The Travers shows almost no resistance.

Fischer Travers in its dedication

Die Travers models introducing in 2019/20

Encouraged by the positive feedback to the Travers, we are expanding the collection to cover the entire spectrum of ski touring enthusiasts. Now, there are four different Fischer Travers models in different performance and price categories. All boots have the same structure. They differ only in the materials used.

 

Fischer Travers CC – The mashine

    • Flagship of the collection
    • CC stands for Carbon Cuff
    • Forward lean: 17° – More than the low-cost Travers models, making it easier to get on your knees and thus higher downhill performance, but also more demanding to ride for your thighs.
    • Price: 749 Euros
    • Weight: 930 g (at 26.5)
    • Material: Grilamid shell, carbon-aramid sole, full-carbon cuff
    • Colour: Yellow with black and red accents
    • Liner: Palau (thermoformable)
    • The CC is the flagship of the collection. It is the lightest representative and at the same time the stiffest of all Travers models. The cuff is completely made of carbon and therefore is extremely stiff and light. In addition there is an increased forward lean of 4°. The boot is much more aggressive than all other Travers models and is definitely a weapon for high-performance users who consciously don’t want a natural flex behavior of the cuff.

Photos of the Travers CC

 

 

Fischer Travers CS

    • CS stands for Carbon Sole
    • Price: 649 Euro
    • Weight: 990 g (at 26.5)
    • Forward lean: 17° – More than the lower priced Travers models, making it easier to get on your knees and higher performance, but also more demanding to ride für your thighs.
    • Material: Grilamid shell, Grilamid cuff, Carbon-Aramid sole
    • Colour: Yellow with black accents
    • Liner: Palau (thermoformable)
    • The Travers CS is the former top model „Travers Carbon“. In my opinion THE boot for the ambitious ski tourer. The cuff flexes more naturally than its new, extremely stiff brother Travers CC.

Carbon-Aramid plate in the sole of the CC and CS

 

 Fischer Travers GR

    • GR stands for Grilamid
    • Price: 549 Euro
    • Weight: 1090 g (at 26.5)
    • Forward lean: 13°
    • Material: all Grilamid
    • Colour: Black with green accents
    • Liner: Fischer Thermoshape thermoformable)
    • The Grilamid is positioned in the middle of the collection. Grilamid is lighter and at the same time stiffer than the PU version. Stiffening materials such as carbon are not used in this model.

 

 Fischer MY Travers GR

Fischer Travers TS

    • TS stands for Thermoshape
    • Price: 449 Euro
    • Weight: 1190 g (at 26.5)
    • Forward lean: 13°
    • Material: Polyurethane
    • Colour: Black with red accents
    • Liner: Fischer Thermoshape (thermoformable)
    • The Thermoshape marks the lower end and is especially suitable for beginners. Instead of the high-quality Grilamid, the Travers-TS uses polyurethane (PU) plastics to offer the boot in this price category. This makes the boot only a little less stiff than the Grilamid versions, but even adds weight.

We wish pleasant ski touring in the Alps and all mountain ranges in the world :)
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